Huangpu River, a Landmark of Shanghai

The Huangpu river is a landmark of Shanghai, dividing the city into Pudong and Puxi. It is 113 kilometers (70 miles) long and 300-770 meters (984-2,526 feet) wide, flowing through more than 10 districts of the city. It is regarded as the mother river of Shanghai, with functions such as drinking water, shipping, drainage, fishing and tourism. In order to provide better transportation conditions, submarine tunnels and Bridges have been built under and above the river. On both sides of the river, there are buildings of various styles and important scenery. Famous scenic spots such as the bund and lujiazui finance and trade zone are located here.

To enjoy the scenery along the river, the bund on the west bank and binjiang avenue on the east bank are the two best places in the city. Binjiang avenue is less crowded, but the bund is more beautiful. On the bund, there is a group of historic buildings along the road. It is made up of a large number of western-style buildings built about 100 years ago, when Shanghai was home to a large number of foreign immigrants. The east bank of pudong is a tall and modern building built in recent decades. Pudong has become an important financial and commercial center for Shanghai and even for China. The contrast between the skyscrapers of the east and the classical architecture of the west is striking, and you can see the development of the city over the past century.

There are two Bridges across the river: yangpu bridge and Nanpu Bridge, like two dragons lying across the water. Between the two Bridges stands the Oriental pearl tower. From a bird’s eye view, the whole picture looks like two dragons playing with a pearl, which is one of the unique features of the river. Another famous bridge across the river is the waibaidu bridge at the junction of the Huangpu river and Suzhou river. It is the largest iron bridge in downtown Shanghai. The bridge has a history of hundreds of years and bears witness to the development of the city. In many old movies and photos, you can see the image of the bridge.

In Wusong mouth, there is a special scene: three color water. It is where the Huangpu and Yangtze rivers meet and flow into the east China sea. The water of the Huangpu river in the urban area is steel gray, the water of the Yangtze river is yellow and sandy yellow, and the water of the east China sea is green.

The best way to see the Huangpu river is by boat, especially at night. During the roughly 50-minute trip, you can enjoy the views of the river from the cruise ship. At night, brightly lit, dotted with different styles of buildings on both sides of the river, presenting a different beauty. If you don’t want to spend too much time on a cruise ship, you can also take a quick ferry trip between pudong and puxi, about 15 minutes each way.

China Built the World’s Deepest High Speed Railway Station under the Great Wall

China opened the world’s deepest high-speed rail station, the badaling Great Wall railway station, on Dec. 30, adopting a new Chinese train schedule. With an elevation of 102 meters (335 feet) below the surface, badaling Great Wall station has a total construction area of 49,000 square meters (527,432 sq. Ft), a ground station of 9,000 square meters (96875 sq. Ft) and an underground station of 40,500 sq. Ft (435,938 sq. Ft), making it the world’s largest high-speed rail station underground.

The station is just 200 meters (656 feet) from the Badaling Great Wall, the most famous in China. Travelers can walk to the Great Wall Ropeway station in about two minutes. From downtown Beijing, Qinghe railway station is only 20 minutes away, and Beijing north railway station is only 30 minutes away. The high-speed train is the fastest and best way to visit the Badaling Great Wall.
The world’s deepest high-speed railway station also has a breathtaking 84-meter (276-foot) escalator that gives passengers the feeling of crossing the earth. It is about 42 meters (138 feet) high, the height of a 14-story building. Starting from January 1, 2020, 5 pairs of trains will depart from Beijing north railway station at 6:40, 2 pairs from Beijing Qinghe railway station at 7:25, and the Great Wall at Badaling. It’s about 35 minutes north of Beijing and only 19 minutes from Qinghe. First class fares are 46 yuan and 44 yuan, while second class fares are 29 yuan and 27 yuan.