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One of the top free things to do in Pudong is take a leisurely stroll along Riverside Promenade, also known as Bingjiang Da Dao. Leisurely stroll? I know, I know, it’s probably not the most exciting thing you’d want to hear. Nevertheless, as one Shanghai’s most popular destinations to catch fantastic views of the Bund, Huangpu River, and Lujiazui’s towering skyscrapers, you absolutely need to pay Bingjiang Da Dao a visit if you haven’t already.
Stretching 2.5 kilometers long, Bingjiang Da Dao comes complete with lush green lawns, flower beds, cafes, restaurants, kiosks, statues, and even basketball courts, all the while providing easy access to ferries, cruise ships and popular attractions scattered across the district.
One of the most important reasons for visiting Bingjiang Da Dao, though, has to be for the incredible panoramic scenery it provides of bridges, ships, apartments, and buildings in and around Huangpu River.
Head South down the promenade towards the former World Expo site, for instance, and you’ll run into two of the city’s most astonishing bridges: Nanpu Bridge and Lupu Bridge.
Head Northeast and you’ll eventually run into Yangpu Bridge, which connects Pudong with the Yangpu District.
In the morning you’ll find plenty of the city’s 50 and above crowd practicing Tai chi.
By evening’s time every section of the promenade is riddled with people of all ages out for a leisurely stroll, power walk, or jog.
If you’re lucky enough you may have the chance to catch the sunset over Shanghai.
By nighttime there are usually plenty of people left hanging around the promenade, usually to enjoy the scenery or settle in for a drink with friends by the river.
The section of Bingjiang Da Dao that is closest to the Oriental Pearl TV and Shanghai Tower in Lujiazui typically receives much of the action, with many of patrons that have paid a visit to TGI Fridays, Hooters, or the Snow Bar at Bingjiang One, making their way over to the river to cap the night off.
Also situated along this sect are a few popular Western restaurants located directly on the promenade, including Starbucks and Haagen-Dazs.
Furthermore, with the influx of neon lit cruise ships passing up and down Huangpu River, in addition to the golden ensemble of lights stemming from the Bund cross the way, it’s not uncommon to find scores of couples parked on a bench and overlooking the remarkable scenery until the early morning. If you’re looking for a free thing to do in Shanghai to continue the romance after a hot date, try taking a stroll on the Bingjiang Promenade.
And lastly, as of September 2016 I’ve learned that Bingjiang Road is expanding; that is, the city plans to connect Lujiazui’s bustling financial district with the former World Expo site, also home to the Mercedez-Benz Arena and China Art Museum.
The new ‘pieces’ are set to feature public squares, recreational areas, and even art galleries. Ideas are in the midst of development and may be completed by the end of next year. Awesome!
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