Foggy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise, Shanghai

June 30th, 2016
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Plan your Shanghai  tour? If you are a sunrise enthusiast, you may consider getting to the Bund where you are possibly lucky enough to catch the amazing sunrise glow over the skyline of skyscrapers and futuristic buildings on the other side of Huangpu River. Just check out the sunrise time for your preferred day, set your time and go!

No matter it’s foggy or clear, rainy or fine, day and night, the magical Pudong Skyline is tirelessly changing its colors and even shapes. Sunrise definitely adds irresistible charm to the avent garde architecture in Lujiazui Pudong.

Foggy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise, Shanghai

Foggy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise, Shanghai

 

Flying a drone at sunrise on the Bund

Flying a drone at sunrise on the Bund

 

Playing Tai Chi on the Bund with Sunirse over Pudong Skyline

Playing Tai Chi on the Bund with Sunirse over Pudong Skyline

 

Foggy and Cloudy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise

Foggy and Cloudy Pudong Skyline at Sunrise

 

Jogging on the Bund at Sunrise

Jogging on the Bund at Sunrise

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Getting Closer to the Buddha

June 28th, 2016
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Buddhist practitioners light and burn incense sticks. They raise the burning sticks above the head and bow to the statues of Buddha. Then they place their sticks vertically on burners from which smoke wafts.

Worshipers do so in a hope to talk to the Buddha who will appear in the smoke. This is the scene you will see in most of the functioning Buddhist temples in China.

Incense burning is a common Chinese religious ritual in Chinese Buddhism as well as Chinese ancestor worship and Taoism. The most common practice is that followers burn three sticks of incense at once, one for the Buddha; another for the Buddha’s teachings, known as the Dharma; and a third for the community of Buddhists, the Sangha.

So incense smoke is a soul link between worshipers and the Buddha. With joss sticks burning, people are getting closer the Buddha and it also reminds us to burn ourselves, to give and to sacrifice though in reality, many people come here  praying for health, love, money and the list can be much longer.

What would you talk with Buddha if you have the chance to burn incense sticks? For sacrifice or taking? If you  are planning your Beijing tour, do allocate one or two hours visiting Lama Temple, also known as Yonghe Temple or Yonghe Lamasery.  You will be infected by the solemn and mythical atmosphere of incense burning and praying.

Burning and Praying before the Hall of Harmony and Peace, the main building of Lama Temple

Burning and Praying before the Hall of Harmony and Peace , the main building of Lama Temple

Burning and Praying before the Hall of Harmony and Peace in Lama Temple

The Buddha appears in incense smoke

 The Buddha appears in incense smoke

The Buddha appears in incense smoke

What does she say to the Buddha?

What does she say to the Buddha?

What does she say to the Buddha?

Burning a joss stick and praying

Burning a joss stick and praying

Burning joss sticks and praying

Leaning to burn incense sticks

Leaning to burn incense sticks

Leaning to burn incense sticks

Raising joss sticks over the head and taking to the Buddha

Raising joss sticks over the head and taking to the Buddha

Raising joss sticks over the head and taking to the Buddha

Try to experience incense sticks burning experience

Try to experience incense sticks burning experience

Try to experience incense sticks burning experience

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Ferry from the Bund to Pudong

June 23rd, 2016
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Standing on the promenade of the Bund,  you are hooked by the magnificent Pudong Skyline ( also known as “Lujiazui Skyline“).  The temptation is so great that you are eager to explore further the forest of the avant-garde megatall buildings in Pudong.

You may wonder if there is a ferry taking you from the Bund across to the east side of the river while having wider views of the riverside buildings in the course of ferry – old art deco buildings on the Bund and futuristic on Pudong. The answer is yes!

It is said that there are totally 18 ferry lines on the both sides of Huangpu River and all of them are operated by the state-run Shanghai Ferry Company. Don’t be scared by the numerous ferry points. There is only one ferry wharf on the Bund, namely Dongjin Line.

So the ferry line on the Bund is officially known as “Dongjin Line”. The ferry starts from the Dongchang Road on Pudong to Jinling Road on the Bund, hence “Dongjin Line”.  Still sounds too complicated to you? Then just remember “The Bund Ferry”, forget the so-called “Dongjin Line”. That’s okay!

How to get to the Bund Ferry ( Dongjin Ferry Line) ? 东金线轮渡
Just keep walking on the Bund to the south and soon you will find a pier home to two ferry boats shown on the picture below, then you have hit the  Bund Ferry Wharf ( or Dongjin Ferry Line Pier )

The Bund Ferry Wharf

The Bund Ferry Wharf

Where is the box office?
When you see the wharf above, then you try to find a passage down from the elevated promenade to the road on your right side. Below the promenade and on the left side of the road, you can find the English characters – Tickets – that’s the ticketing office for the ferry line.

You wait in line and only need to pay 2 yuan for the ticket.

The Box Office "English"

The Box Office “Tickets”

Important Notice:
If you keep on walking in the south direction, you will soon get to the box office for cruising on Huangpu River. Check out the link “How to Book Huangpu River Cruise Tickets” for more information.

After purchasing your ferry ticket, walk ahead to the place with iron handrails where you enter by through your ticket ( a plastic coin ). The condition of the waiting hall is very basic with very few seats available for passengers. In most cases you have to wait for your ferry.

Wait for getting onto the ferry baot.

Wait for getting onto the ferry boat.

The ferry is air-conditioned, two-deck, upper and lower. If you prefer to take pictures, you’d  better go up to the upper deck.The upper deck is covered on the top, but open-air above the one-meter high fence surrounding the edge of the boat.

Try to grab a space next the fence and take clear pictures of the views on both sides of the river.

The picture taken from the ferry boat.

The picture taken from the ferry-boat.

Below is the ferry timetable:
From the Bund: 07:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 14:15, 14:45, 15:15; 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45

From Pudong: 07:00, 7:30, 8:00 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00; 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00

In 5 minutes, your ferry-boat will bring you to the east side of Huangpu River – Pudong. Get off the ferry, and don’t forget your mission – to explore Lujiazui ( the core of Pudong ).

Disembark from the ferry

Disembark from the ferry

How to explore the amazing megatall buildings?
From the pier you need to get to Lujiazui.  Lujiazui is rife with the futuristic, avant-garde buildings – Shanghai Tower (632 m),  Shanghai World Financial Center (492 m ), Oriental Pearl Tower (467.9 m), Jin Mao Building (421 m) and other over 30 buildings with 25 stories.

Over 500 domestic and overseas financial and insurance corporations are located in Lujiazui.

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Basically you have two options of going from the wharf to Lujiazui – Walking ( 1000 meters ) or take the double-deck bus ( 30 yuan ).  If you have healthy legs, you just keep walk on the left side for 15 minutes, you will reach the core area of Lujiazui.

If you purchase the ticket for the double-deck bus, you can use the day pass for the rest of the day including the bus tour around Pudong area. The bus will take you to the stop near Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

For more information on Lujiazui, check out the link” How to Visit Lujiazui “.

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