If you visit London, one thing you must do is to cruise on the Thames River. It is same as in Shanghai. No Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on the Huangpu River.
The Huangpu River is the longest river that passes through the city of Shanghai and is ice-free year round. It divides Shanghai into two sections: Pudong and Puxi, which means east of river and west of river respectively. There is a collection of the best city landscape of Shanghai on both sides of the river, with the stately colonial buildings along the Bund and the eye-catching skyscrapers on the eastern shore of Pudong. The Bund is the cultural section of Shanghai that best represents the blending of ancient and modern influences. This renowned waterfront district is the city’s most famous landmark. Pudong, the newer district of Shanghai, is the financial and commercial hub with abundant Steel and glass structures. A Huangpu River Cruise is one of the best ways to see both old and new Shanghai.
The main ticket office of Huangpu River Cruise is opened daily, and the schedule usually includes a full morning cruise (from 9am to 12:30pm) and a full afternoon cruise (from 2 to 5:30pm). Both these full cruises make a complete circuit of the Huangpu to its mouth. The Huangpu River cruise company also offers a night cruise from 7 to 9pm, splendid when the lights are on the Bund and Pudong, but this voyage does not go downriver to the Yangtze. Cruise schedules vary depending on the season, and on weekends additional cruises are sometimes added.
Cruising on Huang River at night, which departs from the bund and lasts about an hour, is highly recommended. It offers an excellent night view of Shanghai. The buildings along the bund look fantastic with the lights on, such as the Peace Hotel with its unique pyramid roof in blazing green and the Customs House with its large clock tower. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower in Pudong look like a huge beautiful picture in the evening. Local people honor the Huangpu River as Mother River, and as you view the lights and spectacle from the deck of your evening cruise, you will understand why.