The City

Shanghai is not only the largest city in China, but also a global financial hotspot. Its futuristic skyline of modern skyscrapers is instantly recognisable.

What to see

What to see

Take in the sights of the beautiful Old City, see the city above the clouds on the world’s highest observation deck in the Shanghai Tower, check out the sculptures at the Jade Buddha temple, and admire the paintings, calligraphy and architecture at the Jing’an Temple.

What to do

What to do

Stroll along The Bund (Shanghai’s waterfront boulevard), take the lift to the top of the iconic Pearl Tower, go shopping on Nanjing Lu, get a taste of old shikumen life in Xintiandi, go on a Huangpu riverboat tour, and enjoy Shanghai’s nightlife at one of the city’s buzzing cocktail or craft beer bars.

For a little Western fun, you can also visit Shanghai’s Disney World. Or the 30,000 square-foot Shanghai Roastery (which was, until November 2019 when Chicago opened one that beat the record, the biggest Starbucks in the whole world), which boasts its own in-house roastery and augmented reality experience.

What to eat

What to eat

Xiaolongbao (soup-filled steamed dumplings), shengjianbao and guotie (pan-fried dumplings), steamed crab, shansi leng mian (cold eel noodles), cong you bing (spring onion pancakes) and zongzi (steamed leaf-wrapped sticky rice with sweet or savoury fillings).

Did You Know?

The character ‘hu’ 沪 on Shanghainese vehicle number plates is a reference to when Shanghai used to be a fishing village long ago called ‘Hudu’, or simply ‘Hu’.


Combine your one-on-one classes with exciting tours accompanied by your teacher in Shanghai. This is your opportunity to experience the city with a local while improving your Chinese skills.

Each tour has a five-hour duration and you can customise it as you wish, choosing where to visit and counting on your teacher’s help to decide the best itinerary for the day.

Our teachers have selected interesting places they would love to show you around. Here are their suggestions for a one-day tour in Shanghai.

  • Shanghai Old Time Tour

    Shanghai Old Time Tour

    • Xinchang Ancient Town
    • Old town snack street
    • Xinchang History and Culture Museum
  • Songjiang Garden & Temple Tour

    Songjiang Garden & Temple Tour

    •  Song Dynasty garden Fangta Park
    •  Zuibai Pond
    • Yue Temple
    • Shanghai’s first mosque
  • Symbols of Shanghai Tour

    Symbols of Shanghai Tour

    • Pearl of the Orient TV tower
    • The Bund
    •  Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
    • Nanjing Road shopping street


Would you like to make a difference while visiting Shanghai?

We’ve partnered with organisations that will offer you the opportunity to volunteer in a range of activities, from teaching English to supporting disadvantaged children. This unique experience will allow you to have a positive impact while learning more about Chinese culture and practising the language.

Shanghai, China