Day 8 - Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai (B)
Your day begins with your guide transporting you to the Guilin airport and a flight to Shanghai.
Welcome to Shanghai! This city has an important place in Chinese history the first area to be colonized by western powers in the 18th century, to then becoming the first seat of the Communist Party, and nowadays being the economic powerhouse of China. The recent history of this city has been a real rollercoaster!
When you arrive, your local guide will welcome you and help you enter the city on the Maglev, an electro-magnetic train of the latest fashion and a source of pride for the Shanghainese. During its construction, the municipal government paid for it to make transportation from the city to the airport more rapid and impress visitors.
As you ride the train, you will be able to note the speed on a small monitor in each train car. The train can go up to 430 kilometers per hour. It only takes about eight minutes to go 30 kilometers.
Then you will continue your entrance into the city with the subway at Longyang station (the terminal station of the Maglev) until Lujiazui station in Pudong district. On a separate note, your baggage will be picked up at the airport and directly transferred to the hotel while you enjoy traveling light into the city.
Not long ago, Pudong district was just a marsh where only farmers and water buffalo frequented. Now, the area has become one of the most important business centers in Asia with skyscrapers popping up like mushrooms next to old Shanghainese banks each year.
When you come to Shanghai, “dong” means “east” and “xi” means “west.” The Huangpu River separates the Puxi and Pudong areas. Puxi is the entire downtown region of the city west of the river while Pudong is the whole region of the city east of it.
You will converge on the nearby neighborhood of Lujiazui, the epicenter of some of the most famous buildings: the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower (where a shoe seller from Anhui Province and later Alain Robert, the famous urban climber, scaled the tower’s walls) and the never ending
Shanghai World Financial Center (one of the tallest building in Shanghai), that you will visit and where you can admire the city from the highest panoramic terrace in the world.
Option: You can take a break at the 100 Century Avenue café and enjoy some refreshments when you arrive
Shortly after, you will take the famous Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, a mini subway line, to cross the Huangpu River to reach Puxi in a couple of minutes.
Next you will discover the Bund, the city’s famous walkway along some of Puxi’s historical buildings. The area dates back to the 1930s, Shanghai’s rich culture and European influence.
Then you will explore the famous Nanjing Road with its colorful signs and crowd of locals and tourists corresponding perfectly with the image of a modern Asian capital. If you feel the urge, please do not hesitate to stroll the neighboring streets animated by the sight of locals recycling materials from the public waste bins, the uncountable number of restaurants and the smells from the fruit stalls.
Once you are finished with your stroll of Nanjing Road, you will arrive at People’s Square, the former site of the Shanghai Racetrack (and the site of your next extensive visit), and be transported back to your hotel.
Overnight in Shanghai
Distance and journey time:
Yangshuo – Guilin airport (approx. 85km): 1h30
Shanghai city – Shanghai Pudong airport (approx. 45km): 1h
Shanghai city – Shanghai Hongqiao airport (approx. 15km): 30 min