11 Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Fly overnight to Shanghai
Day 2 - Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to accommodation - Guided tour to visit the TV Tower and the Shanghai History Museum
Day 3 - Guided tour to visit the Volkswagen Car Factory, the Yuyuan Garden and old Shanghai city for a tea ceremony
Day 4 - Guided tour to visit Pudong New International Exchange Centre and the Shanghai Maglev Museum
Day 5 - Guided tour to the Yakult factory, the Bund and Nanjing East Road
Day 6 - Free time until transfer to the airport fro return flight to the UK
More information about some of the included visits:-
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
At 468 metres high, this tower is the world’s third tallest TV and radio tower, surpassed in height only by towers in Toronto and Moscow. However, even more alluring than its height is the tower’s unique architectural design. Furthermore the entire structure is sited on rich green grassland to give the appearance of pearls shining on a jade plate. Visitors travel up and down the tower in double-decker elevators at the rate of seven metres per second. The elevator attendants give an introduction to the TV Tower in English during the rapid ¼-mile ascent. You will then find the Shanghai History Museum located in the tower’s pedestal, while the large lower sphere has a futuristic space city and a fabulous sightseeing hall. From here, on a clear day you can see all the way to the Yangtze River.
Shanghai Old City
Shanghai Old City refers to the large temple complex and the traditional district of commerce in the city, surrounding the temple. There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old. The temple connects to the Yuyuan Garden, another landmark of the old city. A mall next to the Garden is known as the City God Temple Fair, an interesting place to go shopping, learn about the customs of old Shanghai, admire structures built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and enjoy the local food. Today, the area is a charming, if chaotic, mixture of the new and old, authentic and fake, classic and tacky.
Shanghai is undoubtedly the showcase of 21st Century China and its cosmopolitan atmosphere is far removed from most of the country’s other cities. From the Bund, the city’s vibrant waterfront district where you are surrounded by classic 1930s colonial architecture, the view across the river is of the towering skyscrapers of new Shanghai. The incredible pace of development is unmatched by any other city in China, even Beijing, resulting in a constantly changing skyline.
The pedestrianised Nanjing Road is considered to be China’s premier shopping street. Starting at the Bund in the east and ending in the west at the junction of Jing’an Temple and Yan’an West Street, this 3.4-mile-long road is always a hive of activity and is a favourite shopping area with locals and tourists alike. The experience of exploring this area will leave you in no doubt as to the speed and scale of China’s consumer economy.
The Shanghai Volkswagen Car Factory
Founded in 1985 this factory is a joint venture in the field of automotive engineering. By the end of 2010 it had produced over 6 million cars. A tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and offers business studies students a useful insight into joint ventures in the new China and the production techniques used in a modern factory.
The factory consists of 5 production areas and a development centre. On arrival at the Glass Hall of the factory, the plant guide will show you an introductory video, before you board a trolley to visit the workshops. You will visit the Stamping, Welding and Assembly workshops aboard the trolley, before returning to the Glass Hall, where you will see the factory layout map, some completed cars and a short film about the history of the company. Please note that all visitors must be 13 years or older and no photos can be taken in the workshops. The transfer time from Shanghai to the factory is approximately one hour.