The Nanpu Bridge, opened to the public on September 1st, 1991, is a sister bridge to the Yangpu Bridge across the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The bridge with an 8346-meter-length and a main span of 423 meters is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world.
The towers with an “H” shape are 150 meters high and have the name of Nanpu Bridge written by Deng Xiaoping (one of the greatest leaders in China). The spiral bridge extends to Puxi area is identified as a wonder in the bridge construction of the world.
The main bridge is 30.35 meters wide with 6 vehicles lanes. The speed limit is 40 kilometres per hour on Nanpu Bridge. The two- meter-wide sidewalks on each side of the main bridge are useful for people to go sightseeing. Visitors can take the elevator to the main bridge to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the Huangpu River. Nanpu Bridge is the earliest bridge across the Huangpu River in Shanghai city.
Shanghai people treat Huangpu River as the mother river which is the source of Shanghai growth and civilization. The great river separated Shanghai into two parts-backward Pudong District and the thriving Puxi District. Many generations in Shanghai dreamt of there being a big bridge linking the two districts.
The idea of building a bridge has become stronger and stronger since the 1920s. In 1975, Songpu Bridge was built. It reduced pressure temporarily it did not solve the problem of busy traffic on the Huangpu River because it was too far from the central city area.
The idea of building another bridge over the Huangpu River became the focus and was put onto the agenda. In August 1986 the state council approved the application to build the Nanpu Bridge project. In 1990, the Chinese government decided to build Pudong District into a major development area, the building of Nanpu Bridge became an even more important project that must be completed.
Nightscape of Nanpu Bridge
The Nanpu Bridge in the daytime is a great bridge across the Huangpu River while at night, the bridge becomes a golden dragon flying above the river. When the lights on the pier were turn on and the stream of traffic flows on the bridge with the light turned on, the whole bridge is like a golden dragon giving out bright light. It is a fantastic nightscape for the shutterbugs.
Shanghai is largest and most prosperous city in China and is a great metropolis to do some shopping. Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, Xujiahui, People’s Square, Zhengda Square, Zhongshan Park, Wujiaochang, Pudong New Shanghai Shopping Center are the most active shopping areas in Shanghai. You can buy not only some international well-known brands, but also some cheap local souvenirs.
Visitors can see the modern part and the historical and cultural part of Shanghai. The City God Temple and the Oriental Pearl City Tower are sharp contrast. The bund is absolutely the best place to appreciate to grace of Oriental Pearl City Tower.