How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong

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Plan your Shanghai Tour? A pilgrimage stroll on the Bund will be definitely on your bucket list, allowing you to have a glimpse of the dominating image of Shanghai – Pudong Skyline, or more exactly known as Lujiazui Skyline,  a cluster of megatall skyscrapers.

Lujiazui is the core of Pudong, the new trade and financial developement area on the east bank of Huangpu River, just opposite the Bund, the old financial center on the western bank of Huangpu River.

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 Skyline

Lujiazui Skyline

The success and fast develpement of Lujiazui in the past 20 years has greatly enhanced the sightseeing tourism and business travel to Shanghai. The iconic image of Lujiazui Skyline is the most seeking-after picture for first-time visitors to Shanghai. The beauty of Lujiazui changes with sunrise and sunset glows, daylights and night neon lights, drawing a consistent flow of tourists each day!

If your interest doesn’t end up standing on the Bund with a distant view of Lujiazui Skyline, and you are hooked to go closer to the Lujiazui area, no worries, you have three options to get from the Bund to the Lujiazui area.

How to Get from the Bund to the Lujiazui area in Pudong?
Basically you have three options to go from the Bund to Lujiazui packed with magatall buildings.

1. Take Subway Line 2
Just leave the Bund and walk along East Najing Road in the west direction. Soon you will see the metro sign for Line 2. Getting in and just take the subway for one station of Lujiazui in the east direction. Exit from the Exit 1 and you see the overpass ring road high above the ground, a perfect place to see the high-rises in Lujiazui.

Get off at Lujiazui and Exitf from Exit 1

Get off at Lujiazui and exit from Exit 1

2. Take a Ferry
This is a the cheapest and interesting way of going from the Bund across Huangpu River to Lujiazui. The wharf is just located at the southern end of the Bund. Ferry fee: Just 2 yuan!  The 5 minute boat ride allows you to take some pictures of the megatall buildings with close distances.

The ferry goes every 15 minutes, the first ferry at 7:00am and the last at 7:00pm. When you get off at the other side,  you may walk in the north direction for about 1 km and get to Oriental TV Tower and the core area of Lujiazui.

The freey goes every 15 minutes

The ferry goes every 15 minutes

3. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
The underground tunnel connects the Bund and Pudong on the east of Huangpu River. The tunnel is 646.70 m long and opened to the public in October, 2000.  People will take an automatically controlled train passing through the tunnel which is decorated with magical neon. The west entrance at Chenyi Square on the Bund and the east entrance at Oriental TV Tower.

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

Nothing to see inside the tunnel except flashing lights and the tickets are very expensive: 50 yuan (single) and 70 yuan return).
operating hours: 9:00 – 21:30.
Add: 300, the Bund ( No.01, East Zhongshan Road, Shanghai ).

How to Visit Lujiazui?
Strolling on Lujiazui Ring Road Overpass is the best way to appreciate the surrounding megatall buildings like Shanghai Tower (632 m),  Shanghai World Financial Center (492 m ), Oriental Pearl Tower (467.9 m), Jin Mao Building (421 m) and other high-rise buildings.

Take an escalator up to the ring road overpass.

Take an escalator up to the ring road overpass.

Lujiazui Ring Road Overpass is next to the Exit No.01 of Subway Line 2, not far from the exit of Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. If you take a ferry, you need to walk about 1 km to get from the wharf to the core area of Lujiazxui.

 Lujiazui Ring Road Overpass

Lujiazui Ring Road Overpass

The ring road flyover is high above the ground, traffic free, giving you much freedom to view, feel and take pictures of the megatall buildings. To the south of the flyover is Shanghai Oriental TV Tower.

Shanghai Oriental TV Tower.

Shanghai Oriental TV Tower

The overpass extends along the century avenue. It is very convenient for visitors to see the high-rise buildings flanking the road without any traffic interference. On the east you can see the three tallest buildings – Shanghai Tower (632 m),  Shanghai World Financial Center (492 m ),  and.Jin Mao Building (421 m) .

 The three tallest buildings

The three tallest buildings

Walking past the three tallest buildings.

Walking past the three tallest buildings.

Walking past the three tallest buildings.

If you’d like to have a panoramic view of Shanghai from one of the high buildings, you are advised to go to Jinmao Tower and take the elevator to the 88th floor which is home to the Skywalk, a 1,520 m2 indoor observation deck with a capacity of over 1,000 people. It offers the panoramic views of Shanghai.

The Panoramic View from the 88th floor of Jinmao Tower.

The Panoramic View from the 88th floor of Jinmao Tower.

The 88-storey observation deck is open from 8:30am to 10:00pm. It’s better to have the tower tour on a bright clear day or on a fine evening.

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 60
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Shanghai Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 65
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang Day Tour from US$ 95

Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199
Shanghai 4 Day Tour Package from US$ 265 p/p

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