Five routes to sa­vor along the river

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The Shang­hai Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion un­veiled the “Dis­cov­ery Tour of the Huangpu River­side” in Jan­uary to en­cour­age peo­ple to learn more about the city’s his­tory while ad­mir­ing the beau­ti­ful scenery the trail has to offer. The tour fea­tures five routes lo­cated in Yangpu, Hongkou, Huangpu, Xuhui and Pudong dis­tricts. Yangpu — A hark back to the in­dus­trial age (2.8 km)

Start­ing from the Old Huangpu Wharf at Qin­huang­dao Road, walk north­ward along the river and you will ar­rive at the for­mer site of Ewo Cot­ton Mills, and one of the ear­li­est for­eign fac­to­ries in Shang­hai that was built in 1896. The next stop is an even older fa­cil­ity — the Yang­shupu Wa­ter Plant. Built in 1881, the build­ing looks akin to a Bri­tish cas­tle. Af­ter pass­ing the wa­ter plant, you will find the Ori­en­tal Fish­er­man’s Wharf, a for­mer fish mar­ket that was con­verted into a busi­ness com­plex com­pris­ing a shop­ping mall, a park and an of­fice build­ing. The tour cul­mi­nates at the giant ca­ble-stayed Yangpu Bridge. Huangpu — Dis­cover old Shang­hai (3.2 km)

The tour starts from the city’s land­mark Waibaidu Bridge, which lies at the end of Suzhou Creek. Built in 1908, the bridge was China’s first full­steel-struc­ture bridge. Head­ing south, you will en­ter the Bund area where you will find around 50 Western-style build­ings, such as the Old Bri­tish Con­sulate, the Shang­hai Row­ing Club and the fa­mous Peace Ho­tel. Far­ther down the trail, you will find the Shili­upu Wharf open space, once the big­gest and busiest dock­ing area in the city, be­fore end­ing your tour at a zone for cre­ative in­dus­tries. Hongkou — Learn about literature and his­tory (2.8 km)

This tour also starts from Waibaidu Bridge but it takes you to­ward the op­po­site di­rec­tion of the Bund where the his­toric As­tor House Ho­tel is lo­cated. Pop by the JIC book­store and browse their col­lec­tion of books or spend time learn­ing about the his­tory of Jewish refugees in Shang­hai at the me­mo­rial. Xuhui — In­dulge in the arts at the West Bund (4.1 km)

The tour starts at the Long Mu­seum, which was de­signed by renowned Chi­nese ar­chi­tect Liu Yichun, and takes you to places such as Don Gallery, Yuz Mu­seum and the Shang­hai Pho­tog­ra­phy Art Cen­ter. The river­front in Xuhui is also called the West Bund, and it is aim­ing to be­come a world-class arts path that can ri­val the Rive Gauche in Paris or the South Bank in Lon­don. Pudong — Feel the energy of modern Shang­hai (2.6 km)

The quin­tes­sen­tial part of the 23-km trail in Pudong district is the Lu­ji­azui fi­nan­cial area. Stroll along the river­front and ad­mire the old ar­chi­tec­ture on one side of the river and the modern sky­scrapers on the other. Visit the Ori­en­tal Pearl Tower or Shang­hai Tower for a breath­tak­ing bird’s-eye view of the city.

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