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I absolutely love sightseeing bus tours; I really do. After all, they’re just one of the best ways to thoroughly explore a travel destination. And with that, one of the most exciting things to do as a tourist in Shanghai, China is hop onboard a sightseeing bus—operated by Big Bus Tour and City sightseeing Tour—for a grand expedition of the sprawling neighborhoods and major attractions spread out across city.
I’ve since taken two rides on Shanghai’s City Sightseeing Tour Bus since moving to Pudong. My girlfriend and I made the first trip, and I managed to persuade a few of my colleagues to join me on the second round.
The adventure began on Line 2 with a departure from Lujiazui. From there we’d pass a number of towering skyscrapers in the area such as Jinmao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower, the 2nd tallest building in the world.
After awhile we arrived at the Shanghai Ferry off Zhangyang Road where we were to take a ferryboat to Puxi, then hop on another City Sightseeing Bus along Zhongshan Road. Though the ferryboat ride lasted less than 10 minutes, we caught some pretty remarkable views of Huangpu River and Shanghai’s skyline.
Before long we hopped on a double-decker bus—it was Line 1—and we were passing the dozens of cultural and historical buildings riddled along the Bund.
Within a few minutes we landed in front on Yuyuan Garden, a top tourist destination for shopping, leisure, and exploring the city’s historical landmarks.
Our spot atop of the bus gave us a sweet unobstructed vantage point of the area, which was riddled with visitors back and forth between the buildings’ intricate ancient Chinese architecture.
From then on we made our way through the city’s narrow streets until we ended up at Xintiandi, which wasn’t too far away.
Afterwards we found ourselves passing West Nanjing Road and People’s Square, which are popular tourist havens in Shanghai.
We also found ourselves surrounded by a number of skyscrapers and towering buildings housed in Puxi.
The last portion of our trip on Line 1 consisted of a stop at East Nanjing Road, a 24hr shopping, dining, and entertainment pedestrian street that connects to the Bund.
There were tourists from every corner of the globe heading up and down the street, but the most interesting aspect of the region were the historical buildings and communities housed throughout the backstreets leading to the Bund.
On another day, I had a chance to catch a ride on Line 3 with my colleagues. Dubbed “World Expo Special Line”, the most remarkable aspects of the trip included a ride over Shanghai’s Yangpu and Nanpu Bridges.
I highly recommend a ride on one of Shanghai’s city sightseeing buses. The tours offer a spectacular look at Shanghai’s sprawling landscape and takes passengers to a number of popular attractions scattered across the city. Furthermore, if you have family or friends visiting you in Shanghai, you should also make sure to add a trip on the city’s bus tours to your list of things to do!
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