It is not only a beautiful river, but also the Huang Pu River is the birthplace of Shanghai and acts as a movie that shows us the city’s past, current and future. We call the Huang Pu River the mother river of the city. It divides the city into two sections; Puxi and Pudong. The Huang Pu River was once called Chen Shen River or Huangxie Pu River in honor of the Lord Chen Shen. Since the Southern Song Dynasty, people began to call the river Huangpu.
The Huang Pu River starts from Dianshan Lake and joins into the Yangtze River at the Wusong Mouth. The river is 114 kilometers long, about 400 meters wide and 9 meters deep. The Huang Pu River serves as the city’s shipping artery. It has 12 wharves and many cruise terminals. The Shanghai port ranks fourth in the world and maintains trade ties with over 200 countries. Ships start from Shanghai and travel to all areas of Asia, Europe and the United States.
Cruise trips along the Huang Pu are also available every day. A round trip takes about 3 hours and covers a distance of 60 kilometers. The views along the river are charming and beautiful. On one side you can see the solemn Customs House, the magnificent HSBC Building, and the great Peace Hotel. On the other side you can see the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower and the World Finance Center. These building are the best witness of the development of the city. As night falls, the moving boats, spectacular buildings on both sides of the river and excited people make this area a visitor’s paradise.