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Evening cruise on the Huangpu River

Nicknamed the Mother River of Shanghai, the Huangpu River acts as the backbone of the city, with its world-famous attractions, hotels and financial buildings lining its shore. Millions flock to The Bund, Shanghai’s riverfront district, each year to take in the impressive cityscapes either side of the river, but a Huangpu river cruise is even more impressive, giving you a 360-degree view of this vast metropolis stretching back from the river shores. At night, the views are even more scenic, the towering buildings lit up as far as the eye can see. As part of our escorted tours in China, which include several days to explore Shanghai, you can add on this spectacular Huangpu River night cruise and see some of the very best night-time views Shanghai has to offer.

After being dropped off at the dock by transport collecting you directly from your hotel, you’ll board the cruise boat and set sail along the Huangpu River, with some incredible views to take in all around you from the deck. You’ll see several bridges criss-crossing the river, but the most famous are perhaps the Yangpu Bridge and the Nanpu Bridge. The Yangpu is a staggering 5 miles long and one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, while the Nanpu bridge was the first constructed in Shanghai. Both offer excellent photo opportunities, with the traffic crossing each bridge lighting them up from above.

As you gently cruise along the river, the Huangpu River cruise will also show you some of the marvels of modern architecture in Shanghai, with each of the several illuminated buildings vying for your attention. These include the Shanghai World Financial Center, the third tallest building in the world, and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a tall narrow structure punctuated with three superdome spheres, which house terraces, restaurants and more. Also look out for the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai’s third-tallest skyscraper, the Art Deco-inspried Peace Hotel, and the fascinating Monument to the People’s Heroes, constructed to depict the post-war triumphs of communism in China. Don’t forget to bring your camera for the countless photo opportunities abound.

You’ll pass hundreds of towering, boldly-lit skyscrapers and innovatively-designed buildings during your unforgettable Huanpu River cruise in Shanghai – it’s undoubtedly one of the best ways to see Shanghai by night and its many famous landmarks. Shanghai is a truly vast city and the things to see here are endless – fortunately this stunning cruise will tick many of the must-sees off your list.

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Tour Guideline Price:

RMB 270 / GBP £32


approx. 3 hours

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Please note: All optional excursion descriptions represent a typical itinerary and will not necessarily operate exactly as outlined. Distant Journeys reserves the right to change the local operators at short notice if deemed necessary and appropriate.


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