The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

There is a tunnel connecting the two banks of the Huang Pu River – the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. It is a great way to get across the Huangpu River if you are on any side of the river and want to go to the other. BTW, beside this, you may take ferry or take the metro to get cross – to take a taxi is not so wise since the taxi has to get back toward west from the Bund, enter the tunnel to the east, and get back to west after going out of the Yan’An Road Tunnel…

Back to the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. The price is 30 RMB single trip and 40 RMB round trip. It basically is a tunnel with rails in it and small carts like those on the cable cart in mountains run on the rail. The tunnel is not well decorated – or to better put it, it is decorated using the technology 30 years go – just some colorful lights shining on the wall of the tunnel. It is kind of funny to see this if you have high expectation about what a “Sightseeing” tunnel will be. Of cause there is no transparent glasses which you can see the water of the river.

Have a try for the tunnel as a tourist. No local in Shanghai really take it as a way to go across the river.

In comparision to the single trip price 30 RMB, the most expensive ferry costs 2 RMB and metro (Lujiazui Station to Middle Henan Road Station) cost 2 RMB also. Taxi costs like 20 RMB. A point to make here – it is only 646.7 meters for the tunnel, but for a taxi to get to the same location, it may takes up to 5000 meters.

7 Comments

  1. When did they build this tunnel? I noticed the existance of the tunnel on my map, but I couldn’t find the entrance of the tunnel when I was in Shanghai two years ago. Can you take some pictures of the entrances?

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  2. I’ve always thought what an utterly pointless waste of resources that tunnel is. It COULD be quite useful from a transport point of view – they could even make money from it – a lot of people want to cross the river by foot in that area, and there are no obviously easy ways to do it.

    Just take the rails out and let people walk through. You could even charge them something nominal. Much easier to operate than a ferry.

  3. It seems your site is dropped from the Google Index. It doesn’t show up on google searches anymore…

  4. Geek log, yes. Google dropped index to this site for some reason. I thought maybe they thought the user function (http://user.wangjianshuo.com) that pulls up all the comments on this blog under poster’s name is not a good practice? Who knows. I have removed user section (so you don’t see the small icon beside the commenter’s name) and removed user.wangjianshuo.com domain. Then I submited the re-inclusion request, and wait. Anyway, let it be. I enjoy writing more than getting too much traffic. Just wait for a few months, and see what happens.

    Dave G., it was built long time ago. At least two years ago. The entrance on the Bund side is connected to the underground pedstrain tunnel of East Nanjing Road – just under the Chen Yi Square. The Pudong part is south of Shanghai International Convention Center, west of the Pearl TV Tower.

    I also agree that to remove the rail and let people walk on the 600 meter tunnel is a better option, with much more people willing to do that.

  5. I remember how dissappointed I was the first time I took this tunnel – it was so expensive (as transport) and so very tacky (as a tourist attraction). I think the ferry is a much more interesting way to cross the river. I proceeded to recommend my tourist friends to not take it, but have since found that some of my friends who have visited Shanghai thought it was great fun. Go figure.

  6. The site seeing tunnel is a tourist trap. It’s waste of time.

    They built a bunch of stupid neon lights in the tunnel beside the train tracks. That’s it!

    On the PuDong site, they have a couple “attractions”, which can be included in the same package. One is a fish museum. I think my company has more fish tanks and more fish than in that museum. Then, there is a “scary” sound room. Just a room with a headphone, and they turn off the light to play 30 seconds of “scary sounds”.

    All in all, very disappointing. Don’t go there.

  7. I thought i could see the water of the river. However, i will go there for a visit before i graduate.

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