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Explore Shanghai on the Big Bus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy magnificent views from the open-top double decker buses as the tour commentary brings Shanghai’s 1,000 year story to life. The tour charts the city’s history, taking in beautiful tree lined streets, outstanding colonial style buildings and soaring skyscrapers.

The carefully designed tour takes you to all the famous landmarks; from the Jade Buddha temple to the Oriental Pearl Television Tower and from People’s Square to the Bund - Shanghai’s world famous waterfront. Open-top buses run regularly and you are able to hop-on and hop-off at a variety of interesting places.

Your 48 hour Big Bus ticket provides access to all of the Big Bus Tour routes. Together they enable you to experience the cultural heritage and stunning architecture that makes Shanghai such a fascinating city.

Please sit back, relax, and let Big Bus deliver the perfect introduction to Shanghai.


Must See Famous Sights


The Big Bus Tour is carefully designed to take you to all the famous landmarks; from the Jade BuddhaTemple to the Oriental Pearl Television Tower. 


The combination of the City Tour, Pudong Tour and Temple Tour takes you to more places than any other tour of Shanghai.


Special highlights include: Nanpu Bridge The Bund, Jing’an Temple, Xintaindi, Cool Docks and the People’s Plaza.


Please see the Tour Highlights for more details.


See the City with Big Bus Tours


The City Tour is an excellent introduction to the city and travels to a number of Shanghai’s most popular attractions.


The City Tour has been carefully designed to give you insight into Shanghai’s heritage and culture. It provides the opportunity to see the beautifully restored traditional houses of Xin Tin Di; now a thriving restaurant district and gems such as the Yu Garden; a haven of peace and tranquillity.


You will also discover Shanghai’s distinctive blend of traditional and contemporary buildings. Travelling along The Bund you’ll have striking views of both the grand colonial style buildings along the waterfront and the towering modern skyline on the opposite side of the Huangpu River. The tour also reveals the city’s green spaces in People’s Square and provides the opportunity to hop-off for shopping on Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street.


Buses depart from People’s Square every 30 minutes from 9.00am until 5.00pm.

Cruise Amongst the Skyscrapers


The tour travels through the streets of Pudong where you will discover the impressive skyscrapers in the heart of new Shanghai. The tour charts Pudong’s rapid development and takes you to Shanghai’s most famous building, the iconic Oriental Pearl Television Tower.
You will travel through the centre of the Shanghai financial district, passing Jin Mao Tower and the city’s tallest building - the Shanghai World Financial Centre. If you have a head for heights, you will be thrilled by the striking panorama visible from the Nanpu Bridge. 
Use the hop-on, hop-off facility to take a break at one of the bars or restaurants in the Cool Docks area, or swing by the Jin Mao Tower. You can experience breath-taking, panoramic views over the city from the world’s highest observation platform located on the 88th floor.  
Buses depart from the The Bund every 30 minutes from 9.45am until 5.15pm.


Recorded Commentary in 8 Languages


The Big Bus sightseeing tour of Shanghai includes an informative commentary that guides you through this great city.
The commentary explains the history of Shanghai and points out the buildings and landmarks of importance. You will also gain an insight into Chinese culture and tradition.
The personal recorded commentary is available in your choice of 8 languages: Mandarin, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Korean. Complimentary earphones are provided.


Hop-on, Hop-off


On the Big Bus Tour there are 22 locations where you can get off the bus to visit attractions and see the places that excite you.


The hop-on, hop-off facility gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary, giving you flexibility and control over your tour. Explore the sights for as little or for as long as you like. Board the open-top buses as many times as you want within the validity of your 48 hour ticket.   

Temple Tour

The tour takes in the Jing’an and Jade Buddha Temples, two of Shanghai’s traditional Buddhist places of worship. Included in your Big Bus Tour is free entry to Jade Buddha Temple, so hop-off to take a closer look.

The tour takes in the Shanghai museum, widely regarded as one of China’s finest.  Housed in an impressive modern building, the fascinating exhibitions lead the visitor on a journey through China’s history.

Alternatively, enjoy the most prestigious designer shopping in the city along the Huai Hai and Nanjing Roads.

Buses depart from People’s Square every 30 minutes between 9am and 5pm.


Huangpu River Cruise


The Big Bus Tour of Shanghai includes a free 90 minute cruise on the Huangpu river. Hop-off the Shanghai City Tour at stop number 7, also stop number 15 on the Pudong Tour, and jump aboard the river boat for a graceful cruise down the Huangpu River.
A boat trip on the busy Huangpu River offers a different way to experience the city and showcases the impressive Shanghai skyline. Enjoy the mix of traditional and modern buildings that line the Shanghai waterfront.  The river remains an important transport artery, and the range of vessels give a great insight into the city’s rich trading heritage.
Your cruise will take you on a 90 minute circular trip before returning to the quayside where you can continue your tour. 
Refreshments can be purchased on board.


Jin Mao Tower


The Jin Mao Tower is one of Shanghai’s most iconic skyscrapers, visible from across the city.  Its architecture is particularly impressive, combining ancient Chinese principles with modern building techniques to magnificent effect.


Your Big Bus Tour includes entry to its 88th floor observation deck which gives visitors stunning panoramic views across the city.