Purple DragonShanghai

Shanghai is China's economic heart. Endless building there spawned the joke that "China's national bird is the crane." The city is an amazing blend of old and new. Our private guides reveal tree-shaded avenues lined with merchant mansions that give way to architectural fantasies that tower into the sky. Shanghai is a shopping and gastronomic paradise. Shoppers will find some of the world's most sophisticated shops not far from intriguing outdoor antique markets. Beyond the sprawling city lie Shanghai's water towns, among China's oldest cities settlements.

All-Inclusive Packages

Purple Dragon's Shanghai package offers great value and save you time and effort by arranging your choice of hotel, round trip airport transportation, and sightseeing with a personal English-speaking guide. You can always add extra nights and optional sightseeing if you wish.

Spaceage Shanghai dot

Two nights in China's dazzling modern metropolis. You may add extra nights and optional tours, of course) Intergalactic spaceport, trend-setting fashion capital, or elegant old world metropolis? Shanghai is all of these and more! This free-plan program is designed for both first-time visitors or for return guests. Our local guides will make sure your holiday in rapidly changing Shanghai is as perfect as it can be.

Explore Shanghai's Water Towns

Have extra time to spend in Shanghai? You can add a trip to one of Shanghai's "water towns," ancient commercial cities with lakes and canals that are known for their amazing beauty and authentic charm. All of our day trips include private transportation and one of Purple Dragon's incomparable private guides

Hangzhou & Xi Hu Lake  dot 

Marco Polo loved this splendid lakeside resort, still popular with Chinese for its architecture treasures, elaborate gardens and monumental pavilions.

Suzhou, South of Heaven  Dot 

A heavenly retreat of epic gardens from the time of the Silk Route. We can include a short trip to nearby Togli if you like. While this trip includes a private car and driver, you can also travel to Suzhou by bullet train and your guide will hire a local taxi.

Zhouzhuang, Venice East Dot 

One of the country's best-preserved ancient waterway towns, now something like an endlessly interesting time-machine theme park for Chinese tourists that is largely undiscovered by foreigners.

What We Do

Purple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest and most respected tour operator specializing in programs for discerning gay and lesbian travelers. All of our tours are private and include private transportation and one of our legendary private guides. We do not offer group tours.  The big advantage to a private tour is, of course, that you do not have to put up with other people or compromise your own schedule or activities to suit others in a group. You can spend a bit more time at places that really matter to you, avoid places that do not, and go at your own pace. We use gay-owned or LGBT-friendly hotels wherever possible and show our guests the local gay nightlife where it exists. You do not have to be gay to enjoy one of our all-inclusive tour packages. A growing number of mainstream guests travel with Purple dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.

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