Shanghai & Wuxi Extravaganza: A 5-Day Cultural and Fun-Filled Itinerary

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by Sophia

April 21, 2024 · 3 min read

Shanghai Wuxi 5 Days Itinerary

Embark on a 5-day adventure through the bustling cityscapes of Shanghai and the serene beauty of Wuxi. Your journey begins with a magical day at Shanghai Disney Resort, where fairy tales come to life. Next, gaze upon the city from the heights of the Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower, offering panoramic views of Shanghai's skyline. Day two invites you to stroll down Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, a shopping paradise, before diving into the marine wonders of Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park. The third day is a cultural treasure trove, starting with the tranquil Yu Garden, followed by a walk along the historic Bund, a cruise on the Huangpu River, and an underwater escapade at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. Transitioning to Wuxi on day four, you'll experience the charm of Nanchang Street, the spiritual serenity of Nanchan Temple, and the timeless allure of Huishan Ancient Town. Your final day is one of natural splendor at The Turtle Head Park, capped off with a visit to the picturesque Lingshan Town, Nianhua Bay, where tranquility and culture blend seamlessly. This itinerary promises a blend of excitement, relaxation, and cultural enrichment, perfect for travelers seeking a comprehensive experience of Eastern China's gems.

Day 1: Enchanting Adventures in Shanghai

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Shanghai Disney Resort

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Kickstart your Shanghai escapade with a magical day at the Shanghai Disney Resort, where fairy tales and fantasies come to life. Nestled in Chuansha New Town, Pudong New Area, this theme park promises a full day of enchantment and excitement. From thrilling rides to captivating parades, immerse yourself in the wonders of different lands, meet your favorite Disney characters, and create memories that will last a lifetime in this dreamy kingdom.

Attraction Info

  • Shanghai Disney Resort, Chuansha New Town, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 days
  • Open from 04/18-05/05,8:30am-9:30pm

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2

Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower

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After a day filled with Disney magic, elevate your evening with a visit to the iconic Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower. Located in the heart of Lujiazui, Pudong New Area, this architectural marvel offers breathtaking views of Shanghai's skyline. Spend a couple of hours exploring its various observation decks, historical exhibits, and perhaps even indulge in a dining experience high above the city. The tower's futuristic design and multimedia displays are sure to leave you with a lasting impression of Shanghai's dynamic spirit.

Attraction Info

  • No. 1 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 01/01-09/28,9:00am-9:00pm;Open from 09/29-10/06,8:30am-9:00pm;Open from 10/07-12/31,9:00am-9:00pm

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Day 2: From Bustling Streets to Marine Wonders

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Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

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Kicking off the second day with the vibrant pulse of Shanghai, Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street awaits as your first stop. As one of the city's most iconic thoroughfares, this characteristic neighborhood is a paradise for shoppers and culture enthusiasts alike. Stroll through the bustling promenade, flanked by historic buildings and modern storefronts, and immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere. With just an hour to soak in the ambiance, every minute is a chance to witness the fusion of Shanghai's past and present.

Attraction Info

  • Henan Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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2

Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park

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After the urban exploration, dive into a world of aquatic fascination at Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park. This expansive marine theme park offers a full day's escape into the wonders of the ocean. With a variety of marine life exhibits, thrilling rides, and interactive shows, it's a perfect adventure for families and sea-life lovers. The park's commitment to education and conservation also means that every visit is both fun and enlightening. Set sail on this oceanic journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Attraction Info

  • No.166 Yinfei Road, Nanhui New Town, Pudong New District, Shanghai
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open from 04/01-04/03,Mon-Wed,9:30am-5:30pm;Open from 04/04-04/06,Thu-Sat,9:00am-9:00pm;Open 9:30am-5:30pm on 04/07,Sun;Open from 04/08-04/27,Mon-Fri,9:30am-5:30pm;Open from 04/08-04/27,Sat-Sun,9:00am-8:30pm;Open from 04/28-04/30,Mon-Tue, Sun,9:30am-5:30pm

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Day 3: Shanghai's Serene Gardens to Bustling Waterfronts

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Yu Garden

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Our Shanghai adventure continues with a morning stroll through the tranquil Yu Garden, an exquisite landscape garden nestled in the heart of the city. As the first stop of the day, this historic haven offers a peaceful retreat with its traditional pavilions, koi-filled ponds, and the iconic Huxin Pavilion Jiuqu Bridge. Immerse yourself in the harmony of classical Chinese architecture and nature for an hour, before the city's pace picks up.

Attraction Info

  • Shanghai Yuyuan Tourism Business District (the main entrance of Yuyuan Garden on the north side of Huxin Pavilion Jiuqu Bridge)
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 02/01-02/08,Tue-Sun,9:00am-4:30pm;Closed from 02/01-02/08,Mon;Open 9:00am-2:30pm on 02/09,Fri;Open from 02/10-02/17,9:00am-4:00pm;Open from 02/18-12/31,Tue-Sun,9:00am-4:30pm;Closed from 02/18-12/31,Mon;Open from 9:00am-4:30pm during Ching Ming Festival,Labour Day,Dragon Boat Festival,Mid-Autumn Festival,China's national day

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2

The Bund

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Next, we'll transition from the ancient serenity of Yu Garden to the dynamic energy of The Bund. This characteristic neighborhood, known for its colonial-era buildings and wide riverfront promenade, presents a striking contrast against the modern skyline. Spend an hour soaking in the architectural wonders and the bustling atmosphere, capturing the essence of Shanghai's past meeting its present.

Attraction Info

  • Zhongshan East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Close to Huangpu River)
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
  • Open from 1/1-12/31
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3

Huangpu River

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Continuing along the water's edge, our journey takes us to the Huangpu River, the lifeblood of Shanghai. Here, you'll witness the city's pulse as boats glide by and the skyline towers over you. This hour-long visit offers a unique perspective of Shanghai's vigor and is the perfect prelude to our next aquatic adventure.

Attraction Info

  • Huangpu District
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open 24 hours
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4

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

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To cap off the day, we'll dive into the underwater world at the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. Located in the futuristic Lujiazui area, this aquarium is a sanctuary of marine life, featuring a diverse collection of sea creatures from around the globe. Spend an hour marveling at the colorful coral reefs, mysterious deep-sea fish, and the enchanting tunnel walkway, bringing your Day 3 to a memorable close.

Attraction Info

  • 1388 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
  • Open from 01/01-02/09,9:00am-6:00pm;Open from 09/30-10/05,9:00am-9:00pm;Open from 10/06-12/29,9:00am-6:00pm;Open from 12/30-12/31,Sat-Sun,9:00am-9:00pm;Open from 02/10-02/16,9:00am-9:00pm;Open from 02/17-09/29,9:00am-6:00pm,Please pay attention to the official website and on-site announcements for the operating hours on special event days.

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Day 4: Wuxi's Cultural Treasures and Ancient Charms

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Nanchang Street

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Starting your fourth day in the enchanting city of Wuxi, immerse yourself in the local vibe with a visit to Nanchang Street. This characteristic neighborhood is a tapestry of traditional and modern influences, where you can spend a leisurely two hours exploring. Stroll along the historic lanes lined with quaint shops and eateries at No. 60 Taihu Avenue, Liangxi District. Nanchang Street is not just a place to walk; it's an experience that encapsulates the soul of Wuxi, offering a glimpse into the daily life of its residents and the city's vibrant culture.

Attraction Info

  • No. 60 Taihu Avenue, Liangxi District, Wuxi City
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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2

Nanchan Temple

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A short walk from the bustling atmosphere of Nanchang Street, find serenity at the Nanchan Temple. Located at No. 32 Xiangyang Road, Nanchang District, this temple is a sanctuary of peace amidst the city's hustle. Dedicate an hour to wander through its sacred halls, admire the intricate architecture, and observe the locals engaging in prayer and reflection. The Nanchan Temple is not only a spiritual center but also a testament to Wuxi's rich religious heritage, making it a must-visit for those seeking a deeper understanding of the city's cultural fabric.

Attraction Info

  • No. 32 Xiangyang Road, Nanchang District, Wuxi City
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 7:00am-4:30pm

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3

Huishan Ancient Town

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Conclude your day with a journey back in time at Huishan Ancient Town. With a two-hour visit, you'll have ample time to meander through the narrow cobblestone streets, admire the well-preserved ancestral halls, and soak in the ambiance of this storied ancient town. Located at Guhuashan Road, Beitang District, Huishan offers a unique blend of history, culture, and architecture. It's a place where every corner tells a story, inviting you to become part of its centuries-old narrative as you explore its charming nooks and crannies.

Attraction Info

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Day 5: Serene Finale in Wuxi - Nature and Spirituality

1

The Turtle Head Park

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Begin your last day with tranquility at The Turtle Head Park, a scenic spot that promises a full day of serene exploration. Nestled at No. 1 Yuanzhu Road in the Binhu District, this park is a natural gem where the beauty of Taihu Lake unfolds before your eyes. As the first stop of the day, it sets a peaceful tone with its lush landscapes and waterside views, offering a perfect backdrop for morning strolls and photo opportunities. The park, named for its peninsula's resemblance to a turtle's head, is a haven for those looking to escape the city's bustle and immerse themselves in nature's embrace.

Attraction Info

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  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open from 8:00am-4:30pm,Sightseeing bus operation hours: 08:45-17:00; the last ferry to and from Taihu Fairy Island is at 16:50.

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2

Lingshan Town, Nianhua Bay

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Conclude your Wuxi journey with a visit to the enchanting Lingshan Town, Nianhua Bay. This small town, located at No. 68, Mashan Huanshan West Road, is not just a place but an experience that encapsulates the essence of spiritual serenity. Spend your day wandering through the town's tranquil streets, where traditional architecture and modern artistry blend seamlessly. The town's unique atmosphere, influenced by Buddhist culture, offers a reflective space to ponder the experiences of your five-day adventure. As the sun sets on your travels, Nianhua Bay's peaceful ambiance is the perfect setting to reflect and relax.

Attraction Info

  • No. 68, Mashan Huanshan West Road, Binhu District, Wuxi City
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open on Mon-Thu, Sun,9:00am-9:30pm;Open on Fri-Sat,9:00am-10:00pm

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Shanghai Wuxi 5 Days Itinerary