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Huangpu River, the ‘mother river' of Shanghai, is a 97km-long river flowing through Shanghai and the city's shipping artery to the East China Sea and the mouth of the Yangtze River. It divides the city into two regions: Pudong in the east and Puxi in the west. On its western shore, the colonial landmarks of the Bund serve as a reminder of Shanghai in 19th-century; on the eastern shore, the steel-and-glass skyscrapers of the Pudong New Area point to a burgeoning financial empire of the future.
Huangpu River is the symbol and embodiment of Shanghai, just like the Thames of London, the Seine of Paris and the Danube of Budapest. This river is synonymous with the History of Shanghai, being inextricably intertwined with the social and economic life of the city and having nurtured its prosperity and witnessed its honors and disgraces. The Huangpu River is a must for travelers to Shanghai.
Sailing down the river, you can enjoy can't-miss scenery on both sides including such sights as the Yangpu Bridge, the Nanpu Bridge, and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. In addition, the varied western architecture on the west bank of the Huangpu River and the towering modern buildings on the east bank present a spectacular contrast, increasing the beauty and magnificence of the river.
Wusong Estuary is the meeting place of the Huangpu River, the Yangtze River and the East Sea. The water of the Huangpu River is a grayish blue after flowing through Shanghai, the water that the Yangtze River contributes is yellow, and the water of the East Sea is green. Thus, every time when the tide is high in Wusong Estuary, it is possible to view what is known as the wonder of 'Three-ply Water'.
When the Huangpu River is wrapped up in the dim light of the night, the noise and busyness on it when under the scorching sun in the daytime fades out, and the twinkling neon light in the deepening dim light of the night covers it with a mysterious veil. Appreciating the beauty of night scene along Huangpu River has unconsciously become a fashionable act.