Huangpu River Cruise, Shanghai
It was prepaid for so all the tour group members enjoy the ride although the sky turn dark early. It was a drizzling in the evening, the deck of the boat, the stair and the upper deck is rather slippery, so one must take extra precaution to move on the boat and climb the stair. The upper deck seating was rather casual, with no attention to the wet chairs. We took a short while on upper deck for some cool air and had some photos of Shanghai neon lights. The whole journey took some time for a big circle on the HuangPu River.
After dark, take a cruise on the Huangpu River, where you can take in the beautiful sight of Shanghai and Pudong at night. The lights from the tall skyscrapers in Pudong as well as those from the Bund are especially amazing. A romantic experience! There are numerous tour boat companies, offering cruises ranging from small private ones to large public ones. They generally depart from Puxi (western bank of the river) south of the Bund.
I took a nice river trip on a nice boat that left near the Russian Embassy on Huangpu Rd. This is a great way to see the wonderful building of the Bund and Pudong. The trip lasts about an hour and cost Y50.
The Huangpu River (meaning literally "Yellow Bank River") is the main river that flows through Shanghai. It's 97km in length and where Shanghai gets most of its drinking water from, so remember that when you're taking a boat trip upon it!
Cruise boats of various shapes and sizes depart regularly from the dock at the Bund. The cruise affords you some spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong at night. Most of the cruises last for one hour. There was a band and a singer on the boat I was on and quite a party atmosphere. Like everywhere in Shanghai, the cruise boats are very crowded.
Ticket prices range from Y25 to Y35.
Taking a boat tour along the Huang Pu River gives visitors an opportunity to see many of Shanghai's famous sites such as the People's Hero Monument, the Bund (Wai Tan), the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the dramatic skyline of the Pu Dong business district. Also, in view of the river are the bustling International Passenger Station of Shanghai Harbor, the docks and the Wu Song ancient gun fort relics.
Winding through the heart of Shanghai, the Huangpu River is the city's primary artery, a freshwater tributary that leads to the Yangtze River and beyond to the East China Sea. The Huangpu River Cruise Company offers leisurely boat tours with tickets ranging from $6.25 to $13 (pricier seats come with better views and snacks).
A spectacular sight is that the two suspension bridges, Nanpu Bridge and Yangpu Bridge, appear to arch over the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, resembling 'Two dragons playing with a ball'. In addition, many historical buildings left over from Shanghai's colonial days have been preserved. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, skyscraper hotels, offices and malls of the Lujiazui Financial Zone are located on this side of the river. Ships depart from the Bund (Zhongshan Road), sail to Huangpu Bridge in the south, turn and head north towards Wusongkou, and return to the Bund.
This river is a mere 110 km in length from its source, Dianshan Lake to its junction with the Yangzi River, 28 km downstream from Shanghai. It is fascinating and there is much for the eye to take in, from the great waterfront at the Bund, and burgeoning modern metropolis on Pudong, to the bustling docks that line the Huangpu all the way to the Yangzi. The boats depart between Nanjing Lu and Tan'an Lu. The one hour trip takes you as far as the Yangpu Bridge but there is also a 3.5 hour trip all the way to Yangzi River. Very worthwhile!!
Okay let me warn you before you do, that geographically there is nothing spectacular about the Huangpu River. It is only about 45 miles long attaching an inland lake to the Yangtze River. What makes a river cruise so special is that it has served such an economic importance for both Shanghai and all of China. The banks along the river have acted as the chief port of Shanghai. They are lined with countless warves where during you cruise, you will see ships all kinds. These include ancient rickety junks to modern merchant tankers. The two hour voyage up the river will never fail to fascinate with so much economic life to see.
Most trips are arranged through the Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise Company. They arrange for a cruise up the river for either Y70 or Y120, depending on which deck you sit on. I accidently decided upon the cheaper price. The trip starts out at 2pm and takes about 2 hours to the point where the Huangpu flows into the Yangtze, which looks more like a sea, than a river. The boat turns around at this point and takes another 90 minutes on the voyage back. The views of Shanghai along the way are superb and highly educational if you valve this glimpse into the economic life of modern China. There is a bit of history too for you will see many old junks that seem to be held together by spit and sweat.
Our tour included a cruise on the Huangpu River. Unfortunately for us, the skies were foggy on that day, so the buildings etc by the river could not be seen clearly. However, we did manage to take some shots of the Oriental Pearl Tower, The Bund, etc.
The cruise was about 35 minutes long. There are two levels onboard - we hung around the 2nd level for a better view.
The Huangpu River is a 97 km long river in China flowing through Shanghai. It is an average of 400 meters wide and 9 meters deep. Shanghai gets most of its drinking water from Huangpu, which thus plays an important part for the metropolis. It divides the city into two regions: Pudong (east) and Puxi (west). The Bund in Shanghai is located along the river.
We had a nice look of the river from the Bund. Plenty of ships plying this route. Probably the most visited and photograph river of Shanghai. And also the busiest.
The Huangpu river divides Shanghai into Pudong ("East of the Pu") and Puxi ("West of the Pu"), and drains into the mighty Yangtze river nears its mouth north of the city. The Huangpu remains very much a working river, and must be the most important river in China economically. You can take a cruise departing from Shiliupu Wharf at the southern end of The Bund - cost is reasonable (up to about RMB 100 depending on class of travel and route). This will give you a good view of both The Bund and the Pudong skyline.
The Huangpu River cruise is not a bad idea, but hopefully you'll be better at choosing a clearer day. Shanghai's air is so polluted that sometimes you can hardly see your own toes. Also, during certain months of the year, it can rain quite often, making the river cruise rather pointless.
One-hour cruise cost me RMB 25.
Huangpu River is the symbol of Shanghai. Cruising on the Huangpu River is a must on the tourist itinerary in Shanghai. The Huangpu River offers some remarkable views of the Bund and river front activity. Huangpu tour boats depart from the dock on the Bund, slightly north of the Peace hotel. The total tour distance is 60 kilometers from the Bund to Wusong Kou, and the tour takes 3 hours. On the boat tourists can have a pleasant view of the scenes on both sides of the river, the new Nanpu Bridge, the new Yangpu Bridge, the Bund, the docks and the site of the ancient Wusong Fort at the mouth of the Huangpu River.
A river cruises is one of the best ways to see the old and new Shanghai.
We took a night cruise and because not all the buildings are light up hence couldn't see much in the dark.