Want to see Shanghai from an off-shore perspective? Explore the waterways of the Bund and beyond with Radisson Blu’s guide to the best boat tours in and around Shanghai.
It may be best known as Shanghai’s most famed thoroughfare, but this inner-city promenade isn’t just for pedestrians. Embark on a Huangpu River Cruise and appreciate both sides of The Bund’s trademark architecture at once, with authentic colonial buildings on one side and towering modern skyscrapers on the other.
Rather take a boat tour further afield? Make the 50-kilometre journey to Zhouzhuang, where Shanghai’s most popular water village awaits. The quintessential destination for travellers who only have time for one Shanghai day trip, this ‘Venice of the East’ boasts plenty of historic bridges and scenic canals – all easily explored from the comfort of a gondola.
If Zhouzhang’s tourist-oriented boat tours are too busy for your liking, head two hours west to reach Nanxung. The least commercial of Shanghai’s water villages, this residential retreat still has plenty of beautiful sights to see by boat, from historic bridges and buildings to picturesque canals.
Another of Shanghai’s hidden gems, this oft-overlooked village’s best kept secret is the singing boatwomen that accompany its local tours. Ideal for travelers who want to be serenaded while they take in the scenery, a boat tour in Luzhi is a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Easily accessed from Suzhou and Shanghai alike, this tranquil water town is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon on the water. Home to more than 40 historic bridges and lush, tropical landscapes, a boat tour in Tongli offers travellers an excellent retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
Better known for its bazaars than its boat tours, this pint-sized water town is still worth a stop for travellers who want to sneak in a bit of shopping before they disembark. Grab a snack and a souvenir on Qibao Old Street before boarding your boat tour, which takes travellers along the only two canals in the village.
A must-visit village for architecture enthusiasts and movie buffs alike, the unique waterways of this unassuming town were once a set for Mission Impossible III. Also home to unique canal-side streets only found in Xitang, this humble town has something for everyone.
Conveniently located just an hour outside Shanghai, this busy water town is great for travellers who want to embark on a boat tour in a short amount of time. Easily explored in half a day, this one-size-fits-all water village has a lake and canals, so travellers can enjoy all sorts of aquatic experiences without straying too far from Shanghai’s city limits.
An excellent option for travellers who have time to spare, the picturesque canals of this historic water town are best enjoyed once the sun goes down. Wander the 1000-year-old streets by day before embarking on a boat cruise by night, when the village’s lights and architecture reflect on the river’s surface.