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Huangpu River Ferry

Map shows the locartion of the Huangpu River Ferry

The Huangpu River is the main shipping artery and divides Shanghai into two main regions - Pudong in the East and Puxi in the West.

The river can be crossed easily by tunnels and bridges but why not do it the old fashioned way? Hop on a ferry and enjoy the ride.

One possible route is the ferry that crosses from Lujiazui, the financial centre, to the Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront. As the ferries are not well known among tourists, you will find yourself aboard among the local commuters in an authentic Shanghai experience.

The river itself is 68 miles (109km) long and stretches from the Dianshan Lake to the Yangzi River. Its dredged channel, lined with wharves, warehouses, and industrial plants, provides access to Shanghai for oceangoing vessels.


Commuter ferries on the busy Huangpu River offer views of the Shanghai waterfront away from the tourists

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