Silversea Luxury Cruises To Shanghai

Shanghai
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Shanghai

Shanghai is a city of two faces. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. But look just beyond the main streets and you’ll find narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses, where laundry billows from bamboo poles, and local communities are alive and well.Shanghai has always been China’s most Westernized city. In its heyday, Shanghai had the best nightlife, the greatest architecture, and the strongest business in Asia. View more

Nearly a century later, after extreme tumult and political upheaval, it’s back on top.Shanghai’s charm lies not in a list of must-see sites, but in quiet, tree-lined streets, the Bund’s majestic colonial buildings, sweet boutiques, and a dizzying array of places to eat and drink, from literal hole-in-the-walls to celebrity chef restaurants.Today, Shanghai has nearly 24 million people, the skyscrapers keep getting taller, the metro keeps getting longer, and the historical buildings continue to evade the wrecking ball. For how much longer is anyone’s guess.

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Excursions in Shanghai

Glimpse of Shanghai

Discover some of the many prominent highlights of Shanghai during a picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion through this bustling metropolis.


Shanghai City and the Bund

Depart the pier for a sightseeing drive through Shanghai City. En route, a stop is made for a guided stroll through the Bund, Shanghai's most famous street. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai's Wall Street, a place where fortunes were made and lost. Along this waterfront embankment stand some of the city's most prominent landmarks.


French Concession Area, Art Deco Buildings and Huaihai Road

Next, re-board your coach and proceed through the former French Concession Area. In the 1920s and 1930s, the French Concession was known for its lawlessness and decadence. As the foreign diplomatic quarter, it features top hotels, great shopping, bars and restaurants in Art Deco buildings. Huaihai Road, the former Avenue Joffre, is one of Shanghai's favourite shopping streets. After a photo stop here at Xintiandi, re-board your coach and continue on to the Jade Buddha Temple.


Jade Buddha Temple

Founded in 1881, the famous Jade Buddha Temple is highlighted by rare statues of Buddha, each carved from a single piece of white Burmese jade. Depending on the schedule of resident monks, you may be able to peek inside one of the temples to witness a prayer session. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 30 steps at the Bund. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, non-slip walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Photography is not permitted inside the Jade Buddha Temple.

Hidden Treasures of Shanghai on a Sidecar Motorbike

Explore Shanghai in a vintage 1930s style side-car motorcycle, the most original way to see Asia's largest city during this half-day tour.


Take a short transfer to the starting point where you meet your driver/guide, a long-term resident of Shanghai. Climb aboard the side-car or sit behind your driver and explore the back streets of Shanghai, not normally mentioned in guide books or visited by tourists.


Discover the old foreign concessions and learn of Shanghai's history and culture as you 'feel the pulse' of this bustling city from its futuristic look to the heart of the 1920s French Concession. See old frescoes from the Cultural Revolution, Asia's largest slaughterhouse built in 1933, the wedding market hidden near the People's Square and the famous Bund on the banks of the Huanpgu River.


After this exciting exploration of Shanghai, your tour concludes with a short van transfer back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires advance reservation and must be pre-booked 14 days prior to the start of the voyage; cancellation after this date will result in full penalties. This tour is recommended for active guests who are in good physical condition. It involves approximately 4 hours of riding with stops made at points of interest. Tour price is per motorcycle based on a maximum of 2 guests. Please request only one ticket for one motorcycle. Helmets, Chinese Army coats (for cool weather) and raincoats (if necessary) are provided. Bring gloves and a scarf if weather is cool. Limited space for personal belongings is available in the trunk of the motorbike. Participation is very limited; we suggest you reserve this tour well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Highlights of Shanghai

The fabled city of Shanghai is China's major port and the largest city in all of Asia. This comprehensive, full-day excursion takes you to Shanghai's most popular and intriguing sites.


The Bund

Depart the pier and travel by coach to the Bund, one of the symbols of Shanghai. The Bund shows off Shanghai's outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai's answer to Wall Street. In the 1930s, the string of buildings hosted the city's financial and commercial centres, and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.


New Economic Zone

Continue the drive to the New Economic Zone in the Pudong New Area. Prior to 1990, the Pudong New Area was farmland and rice paddies. Today, it is an urban experiment that is expected to become Asia's financial, economic and commercial centre. Stop for photos near the oddly futuristic Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. The sixth-tallest structure in the world, this peculiar tower has become a symbol of the city and fully captures the boldness and glitz that are today's Shanghai. Next, proceed to the tallest building of China, the Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC), which was completed in 2008. Marvel at this 1,600-foot (492-meter)-high new landmark of Shanghai and take a picture.


Jin Mao Building

Visit to nearby Jin Mao Building, the second tallest skyscraper in China and a soaring monument to Shanghai's economic boom. A silvery pagoda, a rising bamboo shoot, and an upright pen are images evoked by the 88-storey-high Jin Mao Building in Pudong. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Observation Lounge on the 88th floor.


Jin Jiang Hotel

Midway through your busy sightseeing program, a Chinese-cuisine lunch is served at the Jin Jiang Hotel. A witness to history, the Jin Jiang Hotel has received more than 400 heads of state and government from countries all over the world since its opening. The hotel was once the place where Chairman Mao Zedong and his colleagues held meetings and it was also the site of the signing of the 1972 Sino-America joint communiqué by Chairman Mao and U.S. President Nixon.


Shanghai Old Town & Yu Yuan Gardens

Continuing on, discover Shanghai's Old Town and wander among its maze of narrow alleys and cobblestone lanes. As locals bustle about their daily activities, experience one of China's most famous dumpling cookeries and admire the area's remarkable architecture. From here, proceed to the 16th-century Yu Yuan Garden. This cultivated oasis captures the essence of the landscape art and architectural style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It has also served as the inspiration for the famous willow-pattern chinaware. High walls adorned with huge, stone dragons shelter teahouses, pavilions, rockeries and carp ponds. Make your way back to the coach by way of a small lake, which is spanned by a picturesque zigzag bridge.


Jade Buddha Temple

Next head northwest to Jade Buddha Temple, founded in 1881. Its rare statues of Buddha, each carved from a single piece of white Burmese jade, are of special interest. Depending on the schedule of resident monks, you may be able to peek inside one of the temples to witness a prayer session.


All too soon, bid farewell to Shanghai and return to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for a distance of about 1.25 miles (two kilometres) and climbing of approximately 150 narrow steps. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are suggested; there are no clothing restrictions to enter the temple. Photography is allowed in most areas of the temple but is not permitted inside the area where the Jade Buddha is located.

Shanghai Dinner & Acrobatic Show

Experience a spectacular acrobatic show and a night view of the Shanghai's famous Bund during this evening, dinner outing. Departing the pier, a 30-minute drive brings you into the town centre and dinner at a local restaurant Following dinner, proceed to the nearby theatre for an exciting and first-rate show.


Chinese Acrobatics

For more than 2,000 years, the Chinese have practiced the art of acrobatics. Although elements of acrobatics appeared prior, the time of the Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) saw on-stage displays with music. The artists combined aspects of their daily life with their individual and group talents, resulting in feats such as balancing on chairs and tables, jar tricks, rope-walking and pole-climbing. Between the 7th and 10th centuries, performances of acrobatics were often held at the imperial court. Tonight, sit back and watch in amazement as the troupe performs some of the best acrobatic art in China.


Acrobatic Show

The troupe, founded half a century ago, is renowned in international circus acrobatic circles, having toured many countries during the last decades. In an exuberant 90-minute performance that combines breath-taking acrobatics, martial arts, enchanting music, and spectacular lighting and set design, the award-winning troupe captures the essence of life's energy in a celebration of ancient and modern Chinese culture. The 40-member company includes phenomenal gymnasts, dancers, and jugglers who focus their bodies and minds to work in perfect harmony.


Please note: This tour requires advance booking at Silversea.com 7 days prior to the commencement of your cruise. Full cancellation penalties apply after the booking deadline. Requests for tickets received after this date may not be accommodated. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. A minimal amount of walking is required on this evening tour, suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. Smart casual evening attire is suggested. Although space on this tour is limited, a minimum number of guests is required for its operation.

Shanghai Old & New

Experience a sample of Shanghai's old and new attractions on this introductory half-day overview excursion.


On your sightseeing drive through this bustling metropolis, see the major points of interest that include the following:


The Bund

Drive through the most famous of Shanghai's streets - the symbolic Bund. To the Europeans, the Bund was Shanghai's Wall Street, a place where fortunes were made and lost. Along this waterfront embankment stand some of the city's most prominent landmarks.


The Former French Concession Area

In the 1920s and 1930s, the French Concession was known for its lawlessness and decadence. As the foreign diplomatic quarter, it features top hotels, great shopping, bars and restaurants in art deco buildings. Huauhai Road, the former Avenue Joffre, is one of Shanghai's favourite shopping streets.


People's Square

Located at the very center of the city, People's Square is a garden-type open space surrounded by buildings and facilities for administration, cultural activities, transportation and commerce. The total green areas in the square cover 80,000 square meters. Seemingly the only broad expanse in the city, spreading before the newly built Museum, People's Square is now the most popular place for city residents to unwind.


Pudong New Area

Your sightseeing drive takes you through this area established in 1990 and through the tunnel under the Huangpu River. Pudong is the city's hot spot for investment in China. It consists of four key areas: the Finance and Trade Zone, the Jinqiao Export Processing Zone, Bonded Zone and Hi-Tech Zone.


Oriental Pearl Tower

At a height of 1,535 feet (468 metres), this is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world after Toronto and Moscow. Stop for photos at this Pudong landmark.


Shanghai World Financial Centre

The 1,600-foot-high (492 meters) Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) is currently the world's second2 tallest completed building by roof, and the tallest building in China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors.


Jin Mao Building

A silvery pagoda, a rising bamboo shoot, an upright pen - these are images evoked by the 88-storey-high Jin Mao Building in Pudong. It is the second tallest skyscraper in China and a soaring monument to Shanghai's economic boom. Enjoy the panoramic view from the Observation Lounge on the 88th floor.


From here, the coach returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of gentle walking only and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Shanghai’s Jewish Heritage

Learn about the modern Jewish history in Shanghai on this half-day outing that includes visits to the Ohel Moishe Synagogue, the old Jewish ghetto area, Huo Shan Park, the Jewish settlement region, and the Arts & Crafts Research Institute.


From the mid-19th century when the Sephardic Jewish merchant group began to appear in Shanghai, to the early 1940s, the Jews in Shanghai rose to become the largest Jewish community in the Far East. While the Nazis persecuted and massacred the Jews in Europe in the 1930s and during World War II, Shanghai was the only city in the world that freely allowed Jews to enter, requiring of them no visa, guarantee, or other documents. The city became a major destination of the Jewish people seeking asylum. From 1937 to 1939 approximately 30,000 European Jews swarmed into Shanghai - more than the total number of the Jewish refugees taken in by Canada, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand during the same period.


After settling down in Shanghai, the Jews lived together peacefully among the inhabitants of Shanghai and played a large role in promoting the economic and cultural development of the city with their outstanding creative power and wisdom. The Chinese and Jewish people each shared wealth and woe together in the hardships of the war years, forging a profound friendship. Since China's opening and reform policy, many 'Shanghai Jews' have come in succession to Shanghai to visit relatives, invest, make efforts or offer advice for the economy and construction of Shanghai, thus composing a new chapter in the history of Chinese and Jewish friendship. 'Shanghai Jew get-togethers' have become commonplace in various countries and districts where Jews have settled throughout the world.


The coach takes you from the pier to the Huo Shan Park, for a brief look at the Memorial Tablet for the Jews living in Shanghai during World War II. Next, follow your guide on foot through the Old Jewish ghetto area. Visit the Ohel Moishe Synagogue; while no longer an actively-functioning synagogue, today it serves as a museum.


Stop for photos outside of the Ohel Rachel Synagogue before re-boarding the coach for the drive through the French concession area. Here you can see the old Jewish theatre, the Jewish Club and Settlement. Disembark the coach and spend some time exploring the Arts & Crafts Research Institute in the area.


At the conclusion of your insightful look at Shanghai's Jewish history, return to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with about 100 steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Photography is permitted inside the Ohel Moishe Synagogue. Order of sites see may vary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Selling price of private cars and vans are based for touring within Shanghai downtown radius beyond that there will be additional fee. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to know the exact cost.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Selling price of private cars and vans are based for touring within Shanghai downtown radius beyond that there will be additional fee. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to know the exact cost.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.Selling price of private cars and vans are based for touring within Shanghai downtown radius beyond that there will be additional fee. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to know the exact cost.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Shanghai at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with yourd driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 3-4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Selling price of private cars and vans are based for touring within Shanghai downtown radius beyond that there will be additional fee. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to know the exact cost.

Silver Shore Privato: The Water Town of Zhujiajiao Private Van

Venture beyond the modern metropolis of Shanghai to discover one of East China's traditional waterside towns on this intriguing this full-day outing with your exclusive guide in your air-conditioned van.Your private tour is for up to 4 of your friends and family. Situated beside the Dianshanhu Lake, Zhujiajiao illustrates the customs and culture of old-world China.


Commencing your journey at the pier, travel approximately an hour and a half past rustic farms and rippling fields of rice to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town well-known throughout the country with a history of more than 1,700 years. Covering an area of 18 square miles (47 square kilometres), the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - Pearl Stream - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with attached courtyards all transport people, who are living amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern big city, to a world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.


Upon arrival in this small town, leisurely make your way along meandering streets and narrow alleyways on foot. Admire Zhujiajiao's numerous stone bridges and centuries-old buildings of white wall or black brick. Reminiscent of Venice's canals, local women display their wares from wooden boats bobbing in the water. Although this community boasts 36 moss-covered bridges, the most famous is the five-arched Fangsheng Bridge, a remnant of the Ming dynasty.


Continue your exploration at Daqing Youju, a post office that dates back to the Qing dynasty, the only remnant of its kind in East China. Visit the Tongtianhe Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, the largest in Zhujiajiao that accounted for almost half of the business scale of all pharmacies in the area in late Qing dynasty. For centuries, this Pharmacy has established its fame among the locals as it has adhered to the principle of 'Healing the Pain & Saving the Life' based on traditional Chinese ethics and medical culture. Today, the essence of traditional business and prescription practices as well as the original 'Shikumen'-style front gate and some of the old furniture have been well retained.


We suggest you stop for a traditional lunch of Chine-style cuisine served at a local restaurant. Following lunch, visit a silk factory where you have the opportunity of observing some of the ancient techniques in producing this elegant fabric. See the workers removing the fibres from cocoons before winding them onto spools. Later see how the fibres are woven into silk threads.


Relax in your private vehicle for the return driver to Shanghai.


Please note: This programme is sold per van and will accommodate up to 4 of your friends and family. Only one person in your party need request this programme by selecting one ticket, which represents the vehicle and not the number of guests. This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) with approximately 80 steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in casual layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary. This is a suggested itinerary and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your exclusive guide. Traffic may cause delays.

Sinobay Country Sports Club

Depart the pier and transferred by private vehicle to the Shanghai Sino-Bay Country Sports Club for an 18-hole golf play.


Sinobay Country Sports Club is a standard floodlit golf course with 18 holes and 72 shafts with a total length of 7117 yards. It is designed by Mr. Les Watts, a famous British designer, who perfectly combined the traditional British sports to the status quo of China's climate, soil and vegetation with his professional skills. It is appreciated by domestic and foreign golf experts unanimously for its topnotch ecological environment.


Sinobay Country Sports Club is designed as a business, physical exercises and recreational center for successful domestic and foreign businessmen. It has a system of membership and honored guests, and is managed with international and professional managerial concept by a senior operation team. These contribute to an outstanding mode of business. Therefore, distinguished guests could enjoy an elevated experience both in business development and in living standards with the unique ambience and service facilities.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable golf clothing, soft spikes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Garden City of Suzhou

The ancient, moated city of Suzhou is famous for its gardens and silk industry. On this full-day outing, come away with a sense of appreciation of the arts and natural fascinations of the area, the Silk Embroidery Research Institute, the Humble Administrator's Garden and the Grand Canal.


Following a two-hour journey through the countryside of rich farmlands and villages, arrive at the garden city of Suzhou. An ancient proverb says 'to be happy on earth, one must be born in Suzhou'. Marco Polo was equally enthusiastic following his visit to this historic town.


Rich bureaucrats of the Qing and Ming dynasties built elaborate palaces and exquisite classical gardens. Since ancient times, the Grand Canal has joined Suzhou with another garden city,Wuxi, and it is still a vital link in transportation today. A short cruise introduces you to the sights, sounds, and activities along this picturesque waterway. Other highlights of your visit include the following:


Silk Embroidery Research Institute

On your guided tour, see some of the exhibitions that provide a thorough history of Suzhou's silk industry over the past 4000 years. After the tour, there will be an opportunity to purchase some of th items made at the institute.


Humble Administrator's Garden

Dating from the early 1500s, this garden is considered to be one of Suzhou's best. It features streams, ponds, bridges and islands of bamboo. Leaving the garden, proceed to the Bamboo Grove Restaurant (or similar) for a Chinese-style, set-menu lunch, followed by a cruise on the Grand Canal.


Grand Canal

A cruise on this fascinating waterway is a must on any visit to Suzhou. The ancient canal joins Suzhou with another garden city, Wuxi, and is still a vital link in transportation today. Observe local life passing by as you glide down Suzhou's own Grand Canal.


At the conclusion of your outing, re-board the coach for the journey back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with about 50 steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The duration of the drive between the pier and the town of Suzhou is approximately two hours in each direction.

The Maglev Train & New Shanghai

Experience the modern face of Shanghai on this half-day excursion that features an eight-minute ride on the fastest ever Maglev Train and the spectacular panoramic view from the top floor of Jin Mao Building.


Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train

Departing the pier, the coach takes you to the Long Yang Lu Station in the Pudong New District, where you board the Maglev Train for an eight-minute ride to the Pudong Airport. Made with ground-breaking German technology, the Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train is the new state-of-the-art mode of transportation in Shanghai. The Maglev has no wheels; it floats on an electromagnetic cushion propelled along a guideway at incredible speeds. Built at a cost of over one billion U.S. dollars, it runs for over 20 miles (33 kilometres) from Long Yang Lu Station to the Pudong International Airport. It can reach speeds up to 200 miles per hours (430 kilometres per hour), the highest speed of any operational ground transport.


During your ride, experience the sensation of flying as the train instantly accelerates to maximum speed. Afterwards, pause for a short while before the train returns you to the Long Yang Lu Station.


Pudong New District

Re-board the coach and drive to the Lujiazui Area of the Pudong New District. Developed from farmland only a decade ago and now home to numerous high-rise office buildings, this area has become the financial centre of China. Stop for photos at the futuristic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the highest TV Tower in China and third-highest in the world. Then, continue to the famous Jin Mao Building, take an express elevator to the observation deck, and enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai and Huangpu River.


The coach returns you to the ship after this dynamic tour.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity. There is a minimal amount of walking; however, there are about 30 steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. The Maglev train is public transportation; crowds can be anticipated.

The Water Town of Zhujiajiao

Venture beyond the modern metropolis of Shanghai to discover one of East China's traditional waterside towns on this intriguing, full-day excursion. Situated beside the Dianshanhu Lake, Zhujiajiao illustrates the customs and culture of old-world China.


Commencing your journey at the pier, travel by coach for approximately an hour and a half past rustic farms and rippling fields of rice to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town well-known throughout the country with a history of more than 1,700 years. Covering an area of 18 square miles (47 square kilometres), the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - Pearl Stream - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with attached courtyards all transport people, who are living amidst the hustle and bustle of the modern big city, to a world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.


Upon arrival in this small town, leisurely make your way along meandering streets and narrow alleyways on foot. Admire Zhujiajiao's numerous stone bridges and centuries-old buildings of white wall or black brick. Reminiscent of Venice's canals, local women display their wares from wooden boats bobbing in the water. Although this community boasts 36 moss-covered bridges, the most famous is the five-arched Fangsheng Bridge, a remnant of the Ming dynasty.


Continue your exploration at Daqing Youju, a post office that dates back to the Qing dynasty, the only remnant of its kind in East China. Visit the Tongtianhe Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, the largest in Zhujiajiao that accounted for almost half of the business scale of all pharmacies in the area in late Qing dynasty. For centuries, this Pharmacy has established its fame among the locals as it has adhered to the principle of 'Healing the Pain & Saving the Life' based on traditional Chinese ethics and medical culture. Today, the essence of traditional business and prescription practices as well as the original 'Shikumen'-style front gate and some of the old furniture have been well retained.


A traditional lunch of Chinese-style cuisine is served at a local restaurant.


Following lunch, visit a silk factory where you have the opportunity of observing some of the ancient techniques in producing this elegant fabric. See the workers removing the fibres from cocoons before winding them onto spools. Later see how the fibres are woven into silk threads.


Re-board the coach for the return drive to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) with approximately 80 steps to climb. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress in casual layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. Bring local currency for any purchases.

Yu Yuan Gardens & Shanghai Museum

See two true highlights of the city of Shanghai, Yu Yuan Gardens and the Shanghai Museum, on this half-day exploration.


Yu Yuan Gardens

Board the coach and depart from the pier for the brief drive to the gardens. In the crowded maze of cobbled alleyways that comprise the old Chinese city of Shanghai, catch a glimpse of part of this city's rich history. Here, visit the Yu Yuan, or Mandarin Gardens, which inspired the famous willow pattern chinaware. Built for the Pan family, wealthy Ming dynasty officials of the mid-16th century, the garden is surrounded by high walls adorned with huge stone dragons. Inside, numerous halls and pavilions of characteristic architectural style are connected by moon gates and zigzag bridges designed to discourage the entrance of demons who can only move in a straight line.


Next, proceed to the new Shanghai Museum, located at Renmin, or People's Square.


Shanghai Museum

Opened in 1995 and regarded as the world's finest showcase of Chinese art and antiquities, the museum contains an excellent and well-displayed collection of old bronzes and ceramics as well as paintings and scrolls. Documenting 5,000 years of Chinese history, this museum's collections include galleries with ancient sculptures, jade, coins, Ming and Qing furniture, and Chinese seals.


Listen as your guide provides an introduction of the museum. Then, explore independently or if you prefer, follow the guide through the bronze and porcelain exhibits, to the Ming and Qing furniture, calligraphy, and Painting and Chinese seals. Re-group at the appointed time.


As your tour of the museum concludes, re-board the coach and return to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven terrain at the gardens. There are approximately 30 steps to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour may operate in reverse order.

Land programmes in Shanghai

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Xian & the Famous Terracotta Warriors

The ancient capital of thirteen Chinese dynasties is a treasure-trove of archaeological wonders. One of the most sensational of all time is the burial site of the first Qin emperor. More than 8,000 life-size warriors continue to guard his tomb (still unexcavated) 2,200 years after his death! Experience the magnitude of Qin's incredible mausoleum and enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner performance.


01MIDSHA-C Xi'an & the Famous Terracotta Warriors

Departure: from Shanghai

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Re-join ship: in Shanghai

Reserve by: At least 90 Days Prior to Sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 26, 2017. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Important: Guests must obtain their own visa for China prior to joining the cruise.

Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, is known the world over as the home to one of China's supreme cultural treasures, the 2,200-year-old Terra Cotta Army. This overnight excursion offers a great opportunity to visit Xi'an and experience its famed attraction at the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum. Xi'an was once the homeland of thirteen dynasties and the easternmost site on the fabled Silk Road, which has left a unique cultural heritage.


DAY ONE -Shanghai / Xi'an

Departing the ship, transfer to the airport for the approximate two-and-a-half-hour mid-day flight to Xi'an. A box lunch is provided for you to enjoy along the way. Explore Xi'an and its surrounds starting with a visit to the Ancient City Wall. Xi'an has been a walled city for centuries and the city is neatly arranged around it.


Following your visit, continue through the city to the Wyndham Grand Xi'an South (or similar) for check-in. There is time to freshen up before departing for the cultural Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This fabulous performance of classical entertainment depicts a variety of historical relics, providing insight and keeping alive the splendid culture of the ancient Tang Dynasty. Thereafter, return to the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at the Angsana Xi'an Lintong - Xian.


DAY TWO -Terra Cotta Warriors / Shanghai

After breakfast and check out, a 60-minute drive takes you to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum located about 20 miles (32 km) north of Xi'an. Commence your visit to China's premier archaeological site and Xi'an's most famous attraction.


Nothing prepares the visitor for the amazing sight of a stunningly well-preserved, life-size honour guard standing in ranks near the tomb of Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang-ti, who died in 210 BC. The soldiers were first discovered in 1974 by a local farmer who was digging a well. So far, three vaults have been excavated, the first alone containing more than 6,000 men and horses arranged in an imposing formation. Every soldier differs in facial features and expressions and most carry actual weapons of the day. The find is regarded by many as the most sensational archaeological discovery of the 20th century. A protective hangar constructed over them comprises the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors.


Time permitting, a stunning audio-visual show can be viewed in a separate building and shops offer a wide variety of souvenir items.


Enjoy a chinese lunch at the museum before departing for the airport for the afternoon flight back to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. A warm jacket or sweater is necessary this time of year. Dress code throughout the trip is casual with sturdy walking shoes. It is recommended to leave jewellery and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Remember to bring your camera; flash photography is not permitted inside the Terra Cotta Army Museum.. There are baggage restrictions as follows: hand baggage gross weight is limited to 5 kg (11 lb.) and size is limited to 20*40*55 cm. One checked bag must be less than 20 kg (44 pounds). A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.


Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at the Angsana Xi'an Lintong (or similar) - Xian

· One breakfast, one lunch, one boxed lunch, and one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two glasses of local beer, house wine, soft drinks, water)

· Flights in Economy Class Shanghai/Xi'an & Xi'an/Shanghai. At an additional charge, an upgrade to First Class may be requested, subject to availability. Requests must be submitted at the time of booking this programme. Each flight is quoted separately and is non-refundable once confirmed. There is no Business Class available on these flights

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Chinese visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme and we may make changes. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including but not limited to holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, traffic and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel