Huangpu River Cruise & the Bund in Shanghai Tour Guide:
A must-do item in the itinerary of just about every visitor to Shanghai, the Huangpu River Cruise is the best way to see Shanghai and all its architectural delights and get a sense of its culture and life along the river. As the Mother River and a major reservoir for fishery, transportation, drinking water as well as tourism, Huangpu River pulsates with life; there are barges carrying coal, fishing trawlers, and rowboats, colorful ferries transporting locals and cruise ships with open decks plying the river.
The waterfront promenades on both sides are equally alive with pedestrians on the streets and a skyline dominated by some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers in diverse iconic architectural styles on the western side and exquisite colonial architecture on the eastern side. While cruises are available by the day as well as night and for durations, ranging from a short 30-mins to as long as a leisurely 3-hours, the sunset cruises offer the best views, especially after darkness falls and the surrounding buildings come alive with thousands of twinkling lights.
After disembarking from the cruise, set out to explore the Bund area, which retains much of its colonial architecture and is like an open-air museum of architectural landmarks. Relax and enjoy the views of the ships floating past and the scintillating skyline of Pudong, just beyond. Shop for the latest fashion trends at 3 on the Bund; explore the alleys for Shanghai holiday souvenirs such as traditional Chinese-style silk footwear and other accessories, and indulge in people-watching.
A range of eateries and drinking joints are the icing on the cake.