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Fun Photo Friday — Shanghai River Cruise Favorites


Today’s post brings to a conclusion our visit to Beijing and Shanghai.  It’s hard to believe that anyone could get nearly four months’ worth of blog posts out of just one eight-day journey.  But that’s what happens when you book with a quality tour group such as China Spree — enough material for 29 blog posts on Shanghai and another 20 on Beijing and nearby attractions such as the Great Wall.   I would also like to take thank once again our wonderful guide on this journey, Mr. Chen “Jim” Mao.  He made this adventure an absolute delight, and I hope to one day travel with him again.

Chen “Jim” Mao of China Spree posing with a toasty-warm Ursula on Tienanmen Square just outside the Forbidden City

I leave you now with one last look at the nighttime light show that awaits you on your own Huangpu River cruise through the Pudong and The Bund areas of Shanghai, China:

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River Cruise — Shanghai by Night Part 2


Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Our Huangpu River cruise was for me one of the highlights of this trip.  I exhausted one battery on my Canon G1 X, but fortunately had two more fully charged and ready.  You can see why spare batteries are a must on this tour.

Reflections of Pudong

Reflections of Pudong

Remember that color-changing building from Monday’s blog?  Here’s another example:

Another Changling going from Blue . . .

Another Changling going from Blue . . .

. . . to red

. . . to red

Even the waterside restaurants change color in this photographer’s wonderland:

A Chameleon Restaurant

A Chameleon Restaurant

The Chameleon Changes

The Chameleon Changes

Once again don’t forget to turn your back on Pudong for the occasional glance at The Bund.  You’ll be glad you did.

The Bund

The Bund

The Bund

The Bund

Now for today’s photo gallery:

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River Cruise — Shanghai by Night Part 1


Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Between our forays into the City God Temple area for both daytime and nighttime looks at the Lantern Festival we took a bit of a breather with a nice, relaxing, and visually fascinating cruise through Shanghai on the Huangpu River.  Remember that the Lantern Festival coincides with the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year.  As such it’s a night of full moon, which I just happened to catch as it shone through the aperture of the Shanghai World Financial Center:

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Moon peeking through the Shanghai World Financial Center building

To say that Shanghai’s Pudong district really shines at night is not only a bit of a pun groaner, it also completely understates the light show that awaits you.  And just when you think you’ve seen all there is, take another look because the buildings change during the show.  Here is but one example of what I mean — a chameleon that changes every few seconds:

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise

But Pudong is not the only sight worth seeing on the Huangpu River cruise.  Don’t forget to look to The Bund on the opposite shore.

The Bund

The Bund

This week represents the last three entries on my China series.  On Wednesday you’ll see more from the Huangpu River, and Fun Photo Friday I’ll present my favorite shots from this cruise.  Meanwhile, here is today’s gallery:

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