River tours set for an up­grade

China Daily European Weekly - - CHINA NEWS - By ZHOU WENTING zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Wa­ter tours along the Huangpu River are to be im­proved to pro­vide tourists with more op­tions and to show­case more of the city’s his­tory, Shang­hai’s top tourism of­fi­cial said.

Xu Wei­wan, di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing that tours of dif­fer­ent lengths will be in­tro­duced in the near fu­ture.

Th­ese will fea­ture an ex­tended route that al­lows vis­i­tors to view the his­tor­i­cal build­ings and sky­scrapers on both sides of the main sec­tion of the river as well as the city’s for­mer in­dus­trial sites and con­tem­po­rary mu­se­ums.

Cur­rently, wa­ter tours take tourists along a stan­dard route that spans the main sec­tion of the Bund.

Xu added that the planned short route could be sim­i­lar to the cur­rent one that boats are tak­ing, while the medium route would take pas­sen­gers on a tour of the area be­tween Yangpu Bridge and Lupu Bridge.

The long route may be­gin at Fux­ing Is­land Park in Yangpu district be­fore end­ing at Xupu Bridge in Xuhui district. Xu said the de­tails of the projects are still be­ing dis­cussed.

“With such a plan, wa­ter tours on the Huangpu River will un­doubt­edly com­pete with other river tours in cities world­wide,” Xu said.

Shang­hai Mayor Ying Yong said at a news con­fer­ence in Jan­uary that the nature and qual­ity of wa­ter tours on the Huangpu River, as well as the light­ing on both banks, will be up­graded this year to turn the area into a world-class tourism spot.

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