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Man oh man, a scenic ferryboat ride across Shanghai’s Huangpu River is one of the most awesome activities you can partake in for the record SKY-HIGH price of 2 RMB ($.30). That’s right, only 2 RMB!
First opened for business in 1911, today, Huangpu River is loaded with nearly 20 ferryboat lines that transport passengers between Shanghai’s districts.
Hands down, the best perk of ditching the subway for a ferryboat ride across Huangpu River is the scenery.
The ride between Pudong and Puxi, for instance, provides a spectacular panoramic view of the remarkable scenery sandwiched between the Bund and Lujiazui.
On one end lies the Bund, which consists of a long stretch of historical buildings designed with Western classical and modern style characteristics.
On the other you’ll bear witness to a cluster of towering skyscrapers located in Lujiazui, which is renown as Shanghai’s bustling financial and business district.
Grab a good spot on the ferryboat to overlook iconic attractions such as the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, Jinmao Tower, SWFC, and Shanghai Tower.
You can also get a glimpse at some of the most expensive apartments in Shanghai, which are just up the road.
Additionally, Huangpu River serves as a very busy passageway for large cargo ships and cruise boats, which may often leave ferryboats stuck in the middle of the river and waiting for traffic to clear.
The second best aspect of riding a ferryboat across Huangpu River is the price. Pedestrians, for example, only need to pay 2 RMB for a ride, while cyclists, scooter users, and motorcyclists need to pay around 2.80 RMB.
I should note, though, that not some ferryboat lines, such as the line between the Bund and Lujiazui, accept pedestrians only.
Lastly, one thing that you may not find enjoyable, though, is running into throngs of tourists and passengers also hitching a ride on the boats, especially during the summer and holiday periods.
Though Shanghai’s ferryboats are made for transport across the Huangpu River, they sure do provide a memorable sightseeing experience.
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