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Approximately 8½ Hours
Known as the Paris of the East and 'Queen of the Orient', Shanghai is the largest city in China, with a population of 13 million.
Drive along Shanghai's premier attraction -- the Bund. It was here that early English trading companies set up shop and built enduring colonial structures that overlook the river. Watch for the legendary Peace Hotel and Shanghai Club.
Continue to the New Economic Zone in the Pudong New Area, where you will view the Jin Mao Building and the oddly futuristic Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. The fifth-tallest structure in the world, this peculiar tower has become a symbol of the city and fully captures the boldness and bling that are today's Shanghai. Prior to 1990, the Pudong New Area was farmland and rice paddies. Today, it is an urban experiment that is expected to become Asia's financial, economic and commercial center.
Stop at the Yuyuan Garden which, with less than five acres, has more than 40 scenic spots in the inner and outer gardens, both following the classical style of the Ming Dynasty.
Enjoy a Chinese lunch at a four-star hotel before visiting the Shanghai Museum, which houses 110,000 historical objects and 430,000 reference pieces.
The last stop on your tour today is at the Jade Buddha Temple, first built in 1882 to house two jade Buddha statues brought back from Burma by the monk Huigen. The temple was rebuilt in 1918 and today sports bright saffron walls. The centerpiece is a six-foot-tall, white-jade seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels. Artifacts abound, although not all are on display, and some 7,000 Buddhist sutras line the walls. This is one of the busiest and most famous working Buddhist temples in the south of China.