Walking tours down by the riverside

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Yangpu riverfront (Wang Rongjiang/SHINE)

Savor the enchanting view of the newly opened Huangpu riverfront by walking along it.

To encourage citizens to do so, the city's tourism authorities yesterday launched five walking tour routes stringing the waterfront in Yangpu, Hongkou, Huangpu and Xuhui districts as well as the Pudong New Area.

The routes have been designed by Shanghai Tourism Administration, and both residents and tourists are invited to experience the beauty along the banks of Shanghai's "mother river" and explore the city's history and culture on foot.

The route in Huangpu District includes the city's iconic Waibaidu Bridge, Waitanyuan, Shanghai Rowing Club and the Union Church and Fairmont Peace Hotel. (Jiang Xiaowei/SHINE)

The city government has opened up 45 kilometers of waterfront along Huangpu River between Yangpu and Xupu bridges, featuring walking, running and cycling paths, flanked by monuments and scenic views.

The five walking tour routes — themed "industrial evolution," "modern times," "literature and art flavor," "modern landscape" and "date with the West Bank" — include historic and scenic spots along the waterfront, the administration said. The routes range from 2.6 to 4.1 kilometers.

Yangpu's riverside was once home to many of China's earliest industries, and the 2.8km walking tour in the district highlights historic industries.

It strings the former site of Huangpu pier, which is now a cultural industry park, the sightseeing path of Shanghai Shipyard, the Yangshupu Water Plant that features British-style castle architecture, a two-story wood-and-brick English-style country villa that was the residence of the British boss of a textile mill, the Oriental Fisherman's Wharf — once China's biggest marine fish market — Dandong Road ferry station and Yangpu Bridge.

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