I am embarking on a semi-tour to Beijing and Shanghai in a couple of months...semi-tour meaning that I have the option to do organized tours or go it alone while in these cities.
There is a full day Shanghai City tour offered that reads:
"Start your day with a guided walk amidst the scenic ponds, colorful pavillions and walkways of the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden, a delightful reminder of old Shanghai. You'll also visit the acclaimed Shanghai Museum displaying exquisite ancient Chinese art and artifacts. Conclude the tour with a visit to the colorful Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront. ($50, lunch included)."
I'm pretty sure I can skip this tour and go on my own, particularly after spending 5 days in Beijing. Also, I'm not sure that I want to visit the museum. I'm in Shanghai for only 2 full days, and the second day will be visiting Suzhou.
I would like to visit the Yu Yuan Garden, the Bund, possibly the World Financial center Observatory (if clear), and not sure what else. I would love any and all recommendations on what to do, and where to dine (nothing fancy). I will be at the Holiday Inn Downtown. What subway line do I take for these excursions? Thank you much.Edited: 10:04 am, January 23, 2014