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The Huangpu River, known as the Mother River of Shanghai as well as the largest river in Shanghai, is a 113-kilometer long river flowing through Shanghai which is the last tributary of Yangtze River ends into East China Sea.
This magical river cuts across Shanghai city, dividing it nearly into two region: Puxi (West Bank) and Pudong (East Bank). The western side or Puxi is home to “An Exhibition of International Buildings” with various international architectural styles and most of historical tourist attractions. The eastern side or Pudong is a recent development of the last few decades and is the new business and financial district boasting many awesome glass and steel towers, like Shanghai Oriental TV Pearl, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Tower and Jinmao Tower.
To enjoy the west meets east, tradition mixs with modernity culture along Huangpu River, to appreciate the breathtaking skyscrapers in relaxing way, to catch a glimpse of life blood of Shanghai, you can take a cruise leisurely sailing on Huangpu River - no matter in the daytime or at night.
There are many cruise options which vary in size, capacity, decoration and amenities, such as Captain 2, Captain 3, Captain 5, Mingren, Mingxin, Mingxin 1, Mingxin 3, Pujiang Sightseeing 6, Pujiang Sightseeing 12, China Unicom. The ships you are going to take depend on when you board the cruise.
Cruise Routes: Shiliupu Wharf - Binjiang Road - Lujiazui - Shanghai Tower - Shanghai World Financial Center - Jinmao Tower - Oriental Pearl TV Tower - Qinhuangdao Wharf - Waibaidu Bridge - Monument to the People's Heroes - The Bund - back to the wharf
Cruise Schedules: Huangpu River cruises are available from 11:00 to 21:30 every day. Travelers can choose among the following schedules: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:00, 18:30, 18:45, 19:00, 19:15, 19:30, 19:45, 20:00, 20:15, 20:30, 20:45, 21:00, 21:15, 21:30 (Schedules will do some adjustment based on the season, time, water of level and other factors).
Cruise Duration: about 50 minutes
Price: 120 Yuan/person (without dining and snacks onboard); children under 13 years old enjoy ticket free policy.
Ticket Booking: 1. Tell us your needs and China Discovery can help you book a cruise ticket (please inform us beforehand when booking your Shanghai tour and night activities); 2. You can buy ticket at Shiliupu Wharf at Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Office; 3. Many hotels provide ticket booking service and you check it with your hotel.
Service: Free Chinese and English explanation telling about the history and tourist spots of Shanghai.
Travel Tips: 1. Please arrive at the exact wharf at least 10 minutes in advance. 2. Take care of your kids and watch out your steps.
Usually, there are three wharfs to board a Huangpu River cruise. They are at Shiliupu Wharf (1st zone), Shiliupu Wharf (2nd zone) and Qinghuangdao Wharf. Please check the detailed location and operating time of each wharf and select the suitable one to take a cruise.
If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can take a private tour package which covers sightseeing and Huangpu River cruise, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to the exact pier to take Huangpu River cruise with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
Taking a Huangpu River cruise is the most relaxing way to have a general understanding about the past, present and future of Shanghai in a very short time.
When you look at the west bank of Huangpu River, your eyes will be filled with the 52 exotic international architectures along the 1.5-kilometer Bund. You’ll track back to the history in late Qing Dynasty since 1844 and witness the change from mudflat into “Oriental Wall Street”. Besides, you’ll see several suspension bridges, memorial towers and parks.
This bridge is situated at the lower reach of Suzhou Creek and the west side of Huangpu Park, linking with Huangpu River. It is the first all-steel bridge, and the only surviving example of camelback truss bridge. Waibaidu Bridge is a component of Shanghai skyline.
Stably standing at the south of Huangpu River, it is built in the stylized shape of three rifles leaning against each other. It symbolizes the Chinese people and armies seek for freedom to fight against the aggression in modern history.
Built in 1886, it was the first park in China open to the public which can be called the witness for the changing of Bund. This park is a blending of Monument to People’s Heroes, The Bund Historical Museum, 120-meter long and 3.8-meter high relief, garden scenery, etc.
When you look at the east bank of Huangpu River, you’ll get amazed by the prosperous financial district of Lujiazui with magnificently standing, futuristic buildings and symbolic towers, etc.
Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the whole world, with the total height of 632 meters and 126 floors. This super skyscraper in Lujiazui Financial area in Shanghai has the world’s highest observation deck and world’s fastest elevator. Travelers can take the fast elevator at 18 m/s to reach the 118th Observation Deck to admire the colorful modern buildings of Shanghai.
Known as a global magnet, Shanghai World Financial Center is at a height of 492 meters and 101 floors, being the third tallest building in China. Travelers can experience the thrilling sky walk at the 100th floor at 474 meters and have panoramic view of Shanghai.
Used to be the tallest building in China, Jinmao Tower is standing at 420.5 meters with 93 floors. It is a multi-functional modern building with offices, five-star hotel, conference and exhibition center, entertainment, restaurants and shopping malls, etc. Travelers can have bird’s eye view of Shanghai at the 88th floor.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the iconic building located at Lujiazui Financial Area with a height of 468 meters. Travelers can visit Shanghai History Museum at the base, have fun at Game City at lower sphere, experience full transparent glass walk at 259 meters at upper sphere, reach 351 meters at Space Capsule Sightseeing Floor to travel in the vast universe.
Do you feel a little difficult whether to choose a day cruise or a night cruise? There is no need to worry about the schedules for Huangpu River cruises which are available from 11:00 till 21:30.
Most of travelers choose to take a cruise at night to appreciate the spectacular light show with dazzling lights from the skyscrapers. With a delightful mood, you can either stay in the cabin or stand quietly on the sundeck to enjoy the amazing night view. Especially for those who have short time in Shanghai, taking a night cruise after Shanghai day tour covered highlighted tourist attractions is highly recommended.
Travelers who take a Huangpu River cruise in the daytime can have clear sightseeing along the banks both on west side and east side. It is suitable for travelers who have flexible time with no hurry to visit other tourist spots which has limited entrance hours. It is recommended to do day cruise in spring and autumn seasons and try to avoid the hot summer time.
The most popular itinerary for Shanghai tour is the 2 Days Classic Shanghai Tour - Day 1 to visit the landmarks of Shanghai, including the Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden & Bazaar, Shanghai Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center; On the Day 2, you can go to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and Jade Buddha Temple in the morning, and depart Shanghai in the afternoon. It time allows, you can have a half day tour to the nearby ancient towns – Zhujiajiao / Fengjing, or enjoy different activities and thrill in the dreamland – Shanghai Disney Resort.
Shanghai is also a popular gateway to Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan which are well linked with each other by high speed trains. Moreover, you can combine Shanghai with Beijing, Xian, Yangtze River, Guilin, Zhangjiajie and Chengdu for a longer China holiday.
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