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One Day in Shanghai: Shanghai Tower & Shanghai Night Cruise

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Shanghai One Day Tour Itinerary 

Shanghai Travel Guide & Shanghai Tour: Tianzifang-Xiantiandi-Nanjing Road-Shanghai Science & Technology Museum-Shanghai Tower-Shanghai cruise

Today’s Shanghai tour is to discover Shanghai and experience Shanghai lifestyle: see its old buildings and modern buildings, hang around in one of the busiest business streets, Nanjing Road,  and have a Shanghai cruise.

Itinerary : in the morning, go to Tianzifang and Xiantiandi to see Shanghai old buildings-Shikumen and linong, in the noon, go to Nanjing road and enjoy Shanghai food  and snacks, have a shopping tour. In the afternoon, go to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, and Shanghai Tower and see Shanghai modern buildings, and watch Shanghai panorama. In the night, have a night cruise along Huangpu river.

Tianzifang( 08:30-10:00)

Tianzifang Facts: Tianzifang(田子坊) is located in the Lane No.210, Taikang Road in Shanghai City, and its buildings belongs to Shanghai old buildings, Shikumen, which is a kind of residential buildings in the past 200 years, but now it is refurbished into a business center full of various stores. It is a place to see Shanghai old buildings and hang around creative stores like craft shops.

Tianzifang architechture: Shimenku (Stone Warehouse Gate) is a type of lilong buildings, featured with stone as its door frame and dark wooden as its door leafs, and its name is derived from this special feature. Shikumen buildings are two or three stories with convex balconies, and their main materials are brick and wood. Viewing from outside, they have a feature of closeness. Those buildings are orderly lined, which makes it called lane houses or lilong residences. For more information, please visit Shanghai Shikumen Building.


Tianzifang ticket: no entrance ticket.

Tianzifang hours: all day round, and stores usually open from 10:00 to 22:00.

How to get to Tianzifang

  • Subway(recommended). Take subway Line 9, get off at Dapu bridge station(打浦桥站), and get out from Exit 1.
  • Bus. Take a public bus like No. 931 and No. 955 public bus, get off at Dapu bridge bus stop(打浦桥公交站), and walk a short distance to Tianzifang.
  • Taxi. Wherever you are, taxi is the most convenient transport to you.


Xiantiandi Facts: Xintiandi(新天地) is a business center renovated from Shanghai old buildings which are kept in its old style, thus it is somewhat like Tainzifang. Xintiandi is located in Huangpo south road, Huangpu district, close to city downtown, and convenient transport is available to tourists and visitors.

Xintiandi Shopping, Restaurants & Bars: Xintiandi is a new and popolar shopping district to locals and tourists, since it has great stores, restaurants, bars, and people gather here to have fun and relax theirself, especially at night.

How to get to Xintiandi.

  • Subway. Take subway Line 10 or Line 13, and get off at Xintiandi station(新天地站)
  • Bus. Take a public bus, like No. 911, No. 926, and No. 42, and get off at Huangpo south road bus station(黄陂南路公交站).
  • From Tianzifang to Xintiandi. You could take subway Line 9, and transfer subway Line 13 at Madang road station(马当路站), then get off at Xintiandi station(新天地站).

Nanjing Road & Nanjing Road Shopping(12:00-14:00)

Nanjing Road(南京路) is a pedestrian street and a popular business street, full of restaurants and stores. It is located in Henan middle road, Huangpu district, close to the Bund and Huangpu River. In Nanjing Road, tourists could enjoy Shanghai cuisine, go shopping, have cups of drinks or something else. In here, you may have your lunch.

How to get to Nanjing Road.

  • Subway. Take subway Line 1, 2 or 8, get off at People’s Square station(人民广场站). Or take subway Line 2 and Line 10, get off at Nanjing east road station(南京东路).
  • Bus. Take No. 27 and No. 330, and get off at Henan middle road(河南中路). Take No. 930 public bus, and get off at People’s Square bus stop(人民广场公交站).
  • Get to Nanjing Road from Xintiandi. Tourist could go to Huangpo south road station(黄坡南路站), take subway Line 1, get off at People’s Square station(人民广场站), and walk about 270 meters to Nanjing Road.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum(14:30-16:30)

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum is a modern museum, with a theme of nature, human and technology. It occupies an area of over 68,000 square meters, and has 11 exhibition halls of distinct themes, 4 theaters, 3 galleries, and several temporary halls.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Facts: the museum has various exhibitions in three floors and science theater in the underground floor. The first floor has exhibitions of spectrum of life, cradle of designers, light of wisdom, children’s playground, earthcrust exploration and animal world; the second  has exhibitions of world of robots, information era, and home on earth; and the third floor has exhibitions of light of exploration, Human beings and health, space navigation, and light of exploration. The underground floor has  IMAX 3D theater, IMAX Dome theater, IWERKS 4D theater, and space theater.


Shanghai Science & Technology Museum ticket hours: 08:55-16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum  hours: 09:00-17:15 from Tuesday to Sunday.

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum ticket:  60 yuan for entrance ticket. 40 yuan for IMAX 3D theater, 30 yuan for IMAX Dome theater, 30 yuan for IWERKS 4D theater, and 20 yuan for space theater.

Audio guide:  20 yuan to rent an audio guide in English or Chinese, with a deposit of 200 yuan.

How to go to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum.

  • Subway. Take subway Line 2 and get off at Shanghai Science & Technology Museum station(上海科技馆站).
  • Public bus. No. 640, No. 794, No. 815, No. 983, No, 184, No. 975 public bus, etc.
  • From Nanjing Road to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. take subway Line 2  at Nanjing east road station(南京东路), and get off at Shanghai Science & Technology Museum station(上海科技馆站), which takes less than 30 minutes.

Shanghai Tower & Shanghai Tower Facts(17:00-18:00)

Shanghai Tower, located at Lujiuzui, Pudong, Shanghai, is the highest building in China, the second tallest in the world, and it is one of the landmarks in Shanghai, adjacent to Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. It has a high-tech exhibition hall in the B1 floor an observation deck in the 118th  floor, and Shanghai Eye in the 125th and 126th floor.

The observation deck is named “top of Shanghai” observatory, which provides a bird’s eye view for visitors to see the panorama of Shanghai. For the sightseeing, you may buy a ticket in the first floor, then go to the B1 floor to take a lift which takes you to the 118th floor within 55 seconds.


Shanghai Tower ticket : 180 yuan.

Shanghai Tower  hours: 08:30-22:00.

How to Go to Shanghai Tower

  • Subway. Take subway Line 2 and get off at Lujiazui station(陆家嘴站) and get out from Exit 6 or  get off at Dongchang road station(东昌路站) and get out from Exit 4, then walk to Shanghai Tower.
  • Public bus.  No. 795, No, 86, No, 985, No. 82, No. 961 public bus, etc.
  • From Shanghai Science & Technology Museum to Shanghai Tower. Take subway Line 2 at Shanghai Science & Technology Museum station(上海科技馆站), and get off at get off at Dongchang road station(东昌路站)  and get out from Exit 4, then walk to Shanghai Tower.

Shanghai Cruise & Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise(19:00-20:00)


Having a Huangpu River cruise is definitely a good way to discover the beauty of Shanghai, especially its night beauty. You could buy a ticket from a travel agency, book a ticket online, or go to the docks to buy one, and pay attention to cruise routes, time, and seat type. The time table in the below could be different in different docks, though they are almost the same.

Huangou River Docks

  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower dock (上海东方明珠塔的游船码头)
  • Shi Liu Pu Dock (上海外滩十六铺码头 No 501 or 531 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Shanghai 地址:上海市中山东二路501号,531号)
  • No. 307 Waima Road, Shanghai (上海市外马路307号)
  • No.171, Zhongshan Nan Road, Shanghai (上海市中山南路171号)

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise Ticket: the fare could be different according to boat and boarding dock.

Tour time: about 50 minutes for  a single trip.

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise Timetable: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45, 20:00, 20:00, 20:15, 20:30, 2019:45, 21:00,  21:15, 21:30.