While there’s plenty to explore in Shanghai by foot, don’t forget there are equally captivating adventures on the water! Here’s what you need to know about taking a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Planning a Cruise
Finding central accommodation is key be it for sightseeing or taking cruises. If you’re wondering where to stay, Shanghai offers great options in the metropolitan Huamu District in Pudong; consider properties like Citadines Jinxiu Shanghai within easy reach of Shiliupu Wharf close to the Bund where most cruises embark from.
A City of Contrasts
Amongst the highlights of taking a Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai is the chance to see the city’s past and dynamic future on either side. Along the Bund on the western shore are the grand 19th-century colonial buildings like the Customs House; the Pudong New Area on the western shore features stunning skyscrapers including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
There are several options when it comes to cruises including the kind of vessel on offer be it a traditional Chinese-style boat or a more modern one. Depending on the tour, the duration of the cruise can vary from 30 minutes to three and a half hours; a popular choice is to take a night cruise when you can see the city dazzle with lights.
When to Go
While you are bound to be able to enjoy cruises on Huangpu River whenever you go, keep in mind that generally, the best periods are from September to November and March to May when the weather is pleasant. In the winter months, it can get quite chilly so it’s best to take a sweater or coat to keep warm.