Even the name of this big city is evocative. Shanghai, situated on the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, has a promise of glamour and mystery about it, and it doesn't disappoint. Visitors will find a multicultural place with influences from all over the world, and a great blend of old eastern mystique and modern creativity. The skyscrapers provide a stunning visual face for the city, but it's in the alleys and streets that you'll find the art, music, food and people that make Shanghai what it is - and of course, the shopping!
Once a collection of fishing towns at the river outlet, Shanghai is ideally placed as a starting point for an oceangoing adventure. The delta flows into the East China Sea, which is bounded by a variety of destinations including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. A cruise out of Shanghai presents many possibilities!
Shanghai cruise lines and destinations
Although the current range of cruises departing from Shanghai is limited, the quality is high. Cunard is offering Shanghai departures, with destinations including exciting ports like Jeju, Busan, Nagasaki and Okinawa. Other well known cruise lines which pass through Shanghai include Princess cruises, P&O cruise line and Royal Caribbean to name a few.
Shanghai cruise port
Used most often for day visits, the primary cruise port at Shanghai is the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal. The modern glass structure is quite a sight, and can take up to three midsized cruise ships. The terminal is close to the famous Bund and 15 miles from the city centre. An economical option for getting there is to take the metro to Baoyang Road on line 3 and then a taxi from there.
The biggest ships which cannot navigate that far up the river may dock at Waigaoqiao, 18 miles from the city centre to the east.