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With a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai was once the financial centre for the Far East.  Now finally, after suffering the ravages of war, turmoil and economic crisis, the fortunes of Shanghai have been revived, thanks to the great reforms of the 1990s.  A favourable national policy and efficient administration have come together to enhance the city's economic development.  The aim of the Municipal Government is to turn Shanghai into a modern metropolis and a world economic, financial, trading and shipping empire by the year 2020.

Shanghai is a city of contradictions; in the eyes of westerners it has special oriental charm, whilst in the eyes of the Chinese it has a fresh western style. The old say that Shanghai is modern and fashionable, whilst the young say that Shanghai is old and reminiscent.

The gateway to the Yangzte River delta, Shanghai has so much to offer to enhance your China holiday.  Dining will be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your visit, as there is a multitude of restaurants offering a vast array of local and international dishes.  It is also shopper's paradise with a wide choice of commercial streets and shopping centres.

Luxury Shanghai holidays and tours with Abercrombie & Kent will allow you to discover and enjoy this unique modern metropolis.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - The Ancient Silk Road with Sujata Raman

Nights: 9 | from £6,395pp

The ancient Silk Road was a network of overland trade routes that linked China with the Mediterranean. For a thousand years or so, merchants made the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Classic Tibet

Nights: 10 | from £4,945pp

Tibet feels like a real-life Shangri-La, a time-warp realm hid-den in the Himalaya and swirled by incense and an air of mystery. In ten days you can explore... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Wings Over China

Nights: 11 | from £23,330pp

From the timeless Great Wall near Beijing to the modern Hong Kong skyline, immerse yourself in the essence of China, exploring vibrant Shanghai, picturesque... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

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Landscapes of Yunnan

Nights: 11 | from £4,735pp

Get under the skin of the beautiful mountainous province of Yunnan on this 11 night itinerary which uncovers the province’s key sights and cultural highlights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Family China

Nights: 13 | from £4,995pp

Six dynamic cities, a dramatic river cruise and heaps of fun – this supremely child-friendly journey showcases the culture and variety of China, with... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Family Holidays

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

The Fairmont Peace Hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory with the addition of modern facilities but still very much keeping with the... Find out more

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Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai

Hyatt on the Bund Hotel Shanghai is a 5 star luxury hotel, uniquely located on the banks of the Huang Pu River at the northern end of the Bund. The suites... Find out more

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The Peninsula Shanghai

The Peninsula Shanghai offers 235 supremely comfortable and stylish rooms and suites. Each room takes inspiration from the Art Deco period and "Golden... Find out more

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Waldorf Astoria Shanghai On the Bund

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, faultless service and those essential amenities to make your stay truly memorable and... Find out more

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Beijing to Bangkok

Nights: 18 | from £6,250pp

Uncover Asia’s rich tapestry of varying cultures and dynasties. From the ancient and modern wonders of China’s frenetic cities to the scenic beauty of... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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View a selection of our top offers:

Fly British Airways to China

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Free flight upgrade on China holidays flying British Airways
14 day Classic China holiday from £4,465 per person. Saving up to £1,200 per person, including a complimentary upgrade with British Airways to World Traveller Plus.
Upgrade to Club World from £700pp each way
Book by 7th March, departure date restrictions apply
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangtze 2017

China

Save 50% on the Single Supplement
Travel on our Luxury Small Group Journey China and the Yangtze on select departures in May, June and September as a solo traveller for £6,350 (normal price: £7330). Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Annie was brilliant and patient - she listened to what we wanted and was efficient with bringing the proposal together. She also gave us good advice on booking flights - it felt as she was more interested in us enjoying the holiday rather than trying to sell us something we might not want to bring the price up.

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Best time to be there

While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.

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Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

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Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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