The Huangpu River is not only the mother river of Shanghai, but also assembles the splendid tourist attractions of the city. In Shanghai, the Huangpu River cruise is a traditional tourist program.
Cruises are available everyday, including the shorter cruises (navigating the main waterfront area between the Yangpu Bridge and the Nanpu Bridge) and the complete cruises (going eastward along the golden waterway, over a distance waterway, over a distance of 60 km/ 37 miles).
We took a late afternoon cruise (90 minutes) so that we could see the riverside after sunset as well. Waiting for the ferry was pretty entertaining!! We had to wait behind a set of glass doors in a seating area. As more and more people started to arrive, the tension grew thicker. All the old Chinese ladies started to get restless. With every slight noise, they would clutch to their belongs, ready to get up and LITERALLY run to the queue. I don’t know why they bother doing this, because the truth is that, in our experience, they usually just push into the line anyway. Justin and I walked to the glass door, and so the queue started… loads and loads of people started pushing and shoving to make sure that they got a place (in a short line, for a HUGE ferry, hehe!!)
The cruise starts from the Bund and goes upstream. Towards the south it takes you to look at the Hahpu Bridge, and then turns round to the north to go to the Yangpu Bridge and finally reaches Wusong Mouth (Wusongkou), which is an inlet of the sea that the huangpu River and the Yangze River flow into.
A perfect afternoon!
West of the river.
When flood tide happens, you can see the marvelous spectacle of “Three Waters Mingle Together” – blue-grey water from the Huangpu River, blue colored water from the East China Sea and yellow colored water with silt from the Yangtze River.
There was a South Korean couple sitting next to us, and we chatted to them for a bit.
They also live in China now.
During the cruise, you can find the obvious differences of architecture between the east bank and the west bank. On the west bank, a lot of western-style buildings can be seen, full of exotic flavor. While on the east bank, rows of skyscrapers spring up and rise above the clouds.
This boy was pretending to be some kind of sumo wrestler.
We had a good laugh watching him!! He didn’t seem impressed when we showed him this photograph, but his mom laughed so hard that she drooled all over herself!! hahaha… Hilarious!!
The famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world, stands between the Yangpu and Nanpu Bridge. This forms a very beautiful picture of ‘Two Dragons Playing Ball’.
Thanks to the great weather, modern skyscrapers and the agricultural styles of the various building, the bund cruise was beautiful. Whether it is the daytime or at night, the views along the river are the equally as stunning.