Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shanghai Day 5: Huangpu River Cruise

Today we were finally able to have a bit of a lay in before our afternoon flight to Shanghai. The tour days are long and packed so it was nice to be able to relax at the hotel or visit local spots. 

  Upon arriving to Shanghai we met our local tour guide Allen who was extremely knowledgable about the city of Shanghai and gave us so much information on the way to our hotel.

 The first evening in Shanghai was a dream. Our tour guides gave us the option to go on a HuangPu river cruise which majority of us decided to go check out. We were placed in the VIP section which allowed us to not have to fight for good photo’s of the Shanghai skyline. 

A little bit about the HuangPu River:

    “Huangpu River, a symbol of Shanghai originates Dianshan Lake and empties into the Yangtze River at Wusongkou. It is 71 miles long and 437 yards wide. It is ice-free year round. The river divides Shanghai into east and west. It is a silent eyewitness to Shanghai's history and its development. 

A spectacular sight is that the two suspension bridges, Nanpu Bridge and Yangpu Bridge that appear to arch over the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, resembling 'Two dragons playing with a ball'.

The west bank of the Huangpu River is the cultural, residential and entertainment center of Shanghai. The Bund, Monument to the People's Heroes, Waibaidu Bridge and the oldest park in Shanghai - Huangpu Park, are located on the west bank. In addition, many historical buildings left over from Shanghai's colonial days have been preserved. The east bank of the river (Pudong) is the newer district of Shanghai and its financial and commercial hub. Steel and glass structures are abundant here. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower, skyscraper hotels, offices and malls of the Lujiazui Financial Zone are located on this side of the river.

The busy wharfs and the 'three-layer waters' (or three-color waters) at Wusongkou are also within sight. The 'three-layer waters' is formed by the convergence of Huangpu River (gray white), Yangtze River (yellow) and the East Sea (green) during high tide.

When the sun sets, the river is veiled in the glittery neon lights. 
Cruising on the Huangpu River has become a must for most visitors to Shanghai. Cruise ships vary in size, decoration and amenities, with the most luxurious offering air conditioning, conference room, banquet hall, bar and television”

This has got to be one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. 

-xx an apple a day 

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