In its heyday, Shanghai ferry with 22 lines would carry 1 million passengers daily, but ferry traffic has been sharply decreasing, due to the abolition of tolls on bridges and tunnels across the Huangpu River.
Although cabs and the lightning-quick subway are much faster through the tunnel, the ferry ride offers wonderful views and cultural experience that contrasts the old and new worlds of Shanghai. In the past many people used the ferry service just for sightseeing, but today the ferry no longer goes to the prime Lujiazui area which boasts such places of interest as the Oriental TV and Jin Mao towers.
In those days working at Information Tower in Little Lujiazui of Pudong, I preferred to take ferries. Though the shortest route is the "sightseeing tunnel", a moving underground walkway running from the Bund to the Riverside Avenue in Pudong, the futuristic facilities are too expensive for a commuter. Every weekday, I enjoyed a breathtaking journey along the Bund, from the Jinshan Building we resided at to Jinling Road East Ferry, linking the Bund with Dongchang Road in Pudong. My greatest moment came when I look at Seven Castles from different angles in the moving boat. However, in contrast with the spectacular views we have already had at the Seven Castles, nothing more interesting could be found on my way to Gongping Road Ferry. It is no fun to board the rusty deck and take a ferry ride with crowds of people and many bikes plus motorbikes!
It regularly takes 5 minutes for a boat to cross the river, charging a passenger only 0.50 yuan. My new hobby is to take an air-conditioned boat for an especially delight cruise that charges me only 2 yuan!
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