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Huangpu River

Huangpu River is a branch of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It lies in Shanghai City, formerly known as Huangxiepu or Chunshen River. It takes its rise from the Tai Lake, runs eastwards through the Dianshan Lake in Qingpu County and then flows to Minhang District in Shanghai. At the Baidu Bridge in the center of Shanghai City, it flows together with the Wusong River (i.e. Suzhou River) and finally flows into the East China Sea.

The Huangpu River wriggles like an undulating dragon from Wusong to the East Sea. The yellow and ice-free river is 71 miles (about 114 kilometers) long and 437 yards (400 meters) wide with an average depth of 30 feet (9 meters). It joins 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of downtown Shanghai and divides the city into two parts, east and west. Local people call them Pudong and Puxi.

The Huangpu River is a multi-functional river with the values of drinking water, shipping, fishery, flood discharge, tourism and many other aspects. The famous Shanghai Port is situated on it. In the past several decades, the Port has been developed to be the port with the largest throughput in China.

Huangpu River, Shanghai Cruise on the Huangpu River

The Huangpu River is not only the mother river of Shanghai, but also assembles the splendid attractions of the city. Here, the Huangpu River cruise is a traditional tourist program. Cruises are available everyday, navigating the main waterfront area between the Yangpu Bridge and the Nanpu Bridge. The cruise starts from Shiliupu Wharf near the Bund and goes upstream. It takes you to the Yangpu Bridge and then turns round to the south to go to the Nanpu Bridge. The famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world, just stands between the Yangpu and Nanpu bridges. This forms a very beautiful picture about 'Two Dragons Playing Ball'.

Huangpu River Cruise Western-style buildings by the Huangpu River

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. Whether it is in the daytime or at night, the views along the river are the same beautiful. The great modern skyscrapers and the characteristic buildings in different architectural styles are the best records of the development of the city and the Huangpu River, the birthplace of Shanghai, is the faithful eyewitness.

 Cruise Route: Shiliupu Wharf – Binjiang Avenue – Lujiazui – Jin Mao Tower - Oriental Pearl TV Tower – Qinhuangdao Wharf – Waibaidu Bridge – Monument to the People's Heroes – Exotic Buildings along the Bund – Shiliupu Wharf

Classic Luxury
Price CNY 120 CNY 128 to 188 (including snacks)
Duration 50 min 90 min
Where to Embark & Operating Hours No. 1 Shiliupu Wharf (11:00-21:30), No. 2 Shiliupu Wharf (18:00-21:30), Qinhuangdao Wharf (18:30-21:30) No. 1 Shiliupu Wharf, No. 2 Shiliupu Wharf, Qinhuangdao Wharf, Fuxing Wharf, Qichangzhan Wharf, World Expo VIP Wharf

 Note:
1. Children under 4.3 feet (1.3m) can get a ticket for free.
2. The operating hours for luxury cruises vary in different cruise companies. Please dial 400-920-1278 to know the operating hours.

 Transportation:
Take bus 33, 55, 65, 305, 868, 910, 928 and get off at the bus stop of Shiliupu.
Take City Sightseeing Bus and get off at Huangpu River Cruise Terminal.
Take Subway Line 2 to East Nanjing Road Station.Then walk 10 minutes to the Bund and Huangpu River. 
Take Subway Line 4 to Nanpu Bridge Station and then take a taxi to Shiliupu or the Bund, paying no more than CNY15. Huangpu River Cruise is available in Shiliupu Wharf.
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