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Weekend Trips from Shanghai

Whenever you get a 2-day or 3-day weekend on hand in Shanghai, it is time to go out for a cool weekend getaway.

Shanghai Highlights offers fantastic short weekend breaks just a few hours from Shanghai by car, bullet train or plane, including snoozing in the back of a Chinese gondola through the canal of a water town, wandering in Chinese garden in Suzhou, getting to know more about Chinese history from Xi'an, walking on the Great Wall in Beijing or climbing up the most famous mountain in China - Huangshan, and more.

All of the tours listed below are private tours with a private car and a private English-speaking guide. Each one can be tailored according to your needs.

Day Trips to Water Towns

Fangsheng Bridge in Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao and Seven Treasures Town Excursion

It is always our best water town seller due to its short distance from Shanghai and typical water town scenery.

From $164

Tongli Bridge

Tongli Water Town Tour from Shanghai

It is the smallest one among China's six Jiangnan Water Towns yet also the one that keeps original. It is what a real water town should be.

From $154

Lingering Garden in Suzhou

Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai

It is the most valuable day trip combining a Suzhou garden and a water town. Highly recommend this to visitors with limited time.

From $274

Weekend Tours for Nearby Citis and Water Towns

Suzhou Garden

Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Tour

  • Why: You get all the essence of Suzhou and Tongli Water Town: 2 gardens, a rickshaw ride through ancient Suzhou, cool motor boat ride on the canal and a Chinese gondola ride on Tongli river.
  • Duration: 2 days

From $369

West Lake in Hangzhou

Hangzhou Bullet Train Tour from Shanghai

  • Why: What a first-timer expect to see in Hangzhou is all included. Temples, cruising on West Lake and even the island on the lake will be visited!
  • Duration: 2 days

From $299


Heritage of Ancient Nanjing Tour

  • Why: This might not be a leisure tour but a more historic tour as it offers plenty of stories about the past of China. Have a rest along Qinhuai River where famous stories happened.
  • Duration: 2 days

From $899

Weekend Tours for Beijing, Huangshan and Xi’an

The Great Wall in Beijing

Beijing Highlights ex Shanghai by High Speed Railway

  • Destination: Shanghai-->Beijing-->Shanghai
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Highlights: This would be a cool gift for yourself at a weekend or for your families/friends when they visit you in Shanghai. A 5-hour train ride will take you to Beijing from Shanghai. All the essence is included in 3 days: The Forbidden City, the Great Wall for the best recommended section- Mutianyu, Summer Palace and more surprises to be expected.

From $779

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