The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is a gondola style people mover that travels under the Huang Pu River and links the newer financial centre of Pudong with The Bund on the older city side of the wide river.
Each gondola (capsule if you prefer) can carry about 15 people (only 4 seated) and takes a little more than 4 minutes to make the journey, through what can be best described as a futuristic sound and light tunnel.
Re-watching the video I took of the entire journey, I now consider that the ride may not be suitable for young children and for those who are effected by strobe lights and similar flickering and pulsating light displays.
I am unable to locate an English language web site for further details on pricing, but Lady Gaw and I 'got away' with the seniors 70 and over price at 25 Yuan each – and even that was overpriced. The signage from the Pudong side really only gave a bit of a clue on actual location.
Re images – they are stills from a video and the quality is not as I'd like.
the underground rail service between The Bund and Pudong District, underneatht the Huangpu River. The Undergbround Sightseeing tunnel has some shopping and souvenir stalls at both end where you can buy assorted stuffs and eat some food and also revel at the light shows thay do at the Tunnel and around the alleways inside. The Tunnel connects the Bund Area of Shanghai to the Pudong Area underground l in the Huangpu River. The Tunnel and the automated tram ride to and from Bund to Pudong was built in 2000 and since then is a nice way to go to Pudong from the Bund. the automated tram travels to and from and ends near the Oriental TV Tower in Pudong and is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. the automated tram is available every 10 minutes duration and the ride is about 3 1/2 minutes each side where you are entertained by an digitized voice and some dazzling lights at the tunnel.
Price for a one way automated tram ticket is 45 RMB per person
address: 300 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu, Huangpu district, Shanghai
Im not exactly sure why they call it this, because you dont get to see any sights on the tunnel ride! Its really just a tunnel under the river with a light show, the whole ride probably lasts for about 5 minutes tops and it is indeed a rip-off!!! BUT ... most tourists to Shanghai will still do it, as we did!
Entrance and return ticket costs 50rmb = about $9AUD, and when you compare that to a return subway ticket costing 6rmb, you can see why it is slightly over-priced! I will say though that the light show is kinda spectacular, weird and tacky, all at the same time. I did take some pics which turned out ok, but still which dont give the full effect of the lights. The tunnel comes out at Pudong, very close to the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the entrance on the Bund side is very close to the Peace Hotel. If you walk down Nanjing Road towards the Bund, you simply cant miss the brown signs to the "Bund Sightseeing Tunnel".
At the northern end of the Bund is the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, a 647-metre tunnel under the Huangpu river and a psychedelic way of travelling between the Bund and Lujiazui. Glass capsules transport visitors through the tunnel, with strobe lighting, sound effects and surreal props! A single journey costs RMB40 while a return journey costs RMB50 (2009 prices).
The Bund sightseeing tunnel wasn't all that the brochure made it out to be but I suppose it was OK for value. I also thought I would be seeing water under the river......dumb!
Kids would love the ride through the tunnel the lights and colours were great (reminded me of the old hippie psychadelic trips - which I only saw on TV of course) and it was an OK experience.
It is a convenient way to get from one side of the river to the other but it would be cheaper to take a ferry,
There is a tunnel connecting the two banks of the Huang Pu River - the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. It is a great way to get across the Huangpu River if you are on any side of the river and want to go to the other.
Modern high technologies are applied in the decoration of the interior walls of the tunnel, providing the passengers with background music as well as pictures, patterns and views about people, history, culture, science and technology and natural scenery.
After looking across the Huangpu River to Pudong we crossed via the exciting Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (people mover and light show) to the Pudong side for the Oriental Pearl Tower ascent. Because of the fog/pollution we had a hazy view, but the window cleaners, on the outside of the middle "ball" more than made up for the limited view!
On the ground floor was the excellent Shanghai History Museum (not to be confused with the Shanghai Museum) which traces the history of Shanghai with recreations of traditional street and other scenes supplemented by audio-visual effects bringing them to life.
Crossing under the Huangpu River, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel links “Old Shanghai” (the Bund) with “New Shanghai” (Pudong). It’s a slow but short and painless ride through a series of manufactured and rather unimpressive light shows that ends on either side in a maze of hawker stands. With a return ticket costing Y45 and the area also linked by a far more reasonably priced and easily accessible subway, a more appropriate name would be the Bund Ripoff Tunnel.
The Sightseeing Tunnel is a very convenient but also very strange way to go from the Bund beneath the Huangpu River to Pudong. The tunnel starts on the Bund just across the Peace Hotel. It is about 650 m long.
In small electric waggons passengers drive through the tunnel. There are many lights, laser lights and electrical music. It reminded me of a ride on through a ghost train on a fun fair. A very strange experience!
This was one of the most unexpected 'modern things' that I came across in Shanghai. When I heard that there is a Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, I imagined a tunnel with some photography or art exhibition on the walls. But I didn't expect to find a little, strange Disneyland down there. OK, it was not quite like that, but we were put into a small transparent compartment and driven through the tunnel while there were millions lights flashing around us. I think it'd be a fun experience for children, but I am not sure about the adults though... unless you've just had a few too many drinks :)
One way RMB 20, roundtrip RMB 30.
The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel connects the East Nanjin Rd. Bund and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. It has a total length of 646.7 meter and is China’s first cross-river artificial sightseeing tunnel. Modern high technologies are applied in the decoration of the interior walls of the tunnel, providing the passengers with background music as well as pictures.
This is a tunnel built beneath the Huangpu River and it connects to the opposite Pudong. The tunnel is 647m long and the journey takes approx. 10min. Single & return journey ticket cost RMB20 & RMB30 respectively.
The experience is like sitting in a time machine capsule or space travel. Colourful lights will be projected on the wall of tunnel as the full transparent carriage you are in moving forward, narrating to you the brief history of Shanghai.