If you take the cruise along the river, be aware it is three hours long. Take snacks and something to drink!
The Huangpu runs for 113 kilometres, cutting through Shanghai and forming a tributary of the Yangtze before it empties into the East China Sea. It was excavated by Lord Chunsen, one of the Four Lords of the Warring States during the Warring States period (475 BC - 221 BC). It is the largest river in Shanghai, on average 400 metres wide and nine metres deep.
A Tale of Two Cities
The Huangpu slices Shanghai in two: giving us Pudong on the east bank and Puxi on the west. Puxi is the older cultural and residential centre of Shanghai. Along the west bank you can find the Huangpu Park, the Bund and the Monument to People’s Heroes. But it is the east bank that will hold you attention. Pudong has shot up in the last twenty years and is home to Shanghai’s most magnificent steel and glass skyscrapers. Shanghai Tower is no less than 565.6 metres tall!
Many of Shanghai’s great attractions are assembled along the Huangpu, and river cruises have become a popular tourist activity with good reason. Moving along the river, and looking from left to right, is like looking at a cross-section of Shanghai’s history through its architecture. But it’s not just the marvellous buildings you can admire: a cruise is the perfect way to see the famous “three-colour waters” when the grey-blue Huangpu converges with the yellow silt Yangtze and the green waters of the East Sea during high tide.
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