It would be easy to step off the plane into Shanghai and immediately feel overwhelmed. There are a lot of people and like the capital, it’s an enormous hub wrapped in towering sky scrapers. But you shouldn’t. This is an exciting, fast paced city full of character, so brush off your conservatism and dive right in.
With a little exploration you’ll discover the delightful community that hides behind its cosmopolitan front. Around every corner you’ll find a new sight, a new experience or a new story. Shanghai has managed to perfect the balance between past and present with modern malls, metro systems and maglev trains juxtaposed with ancient architecture and traditions. It’s every bit as exciting as it sounds.
At the weekend, the locals like to unwind together in the public parks. You’ll find many Shanghainese parents at People’s Park for the marriage market, eagerly match-making their children with other parent’s unassuming offspring. Over at Fuxing Park, old women in their pyjamas sing opera while business men walk their caged birds.
Let us guide you behind the scenes so you can experience the true diversity and wonder this futuristic city has to offer.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in China. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the guides who can take you to The Great Wall’s quietest spots, the villagers who can show you how to create your own lucky clay cat and the cooks who can rustle you up breakfast pancakes, Shanghai-style.
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