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Ferry used to be the most important mode of transportation for crossing River Huangpu, during the era before the economic reform, civil construction virtually didn't exist in Shanghai, and the mere 400m wide River Huangpu was regarded as such a moat of nature that could never be conquered.

The entire aspect of local economy traditionally was severely tilted toward the west bank in that all the modern means of civilization, neon lights, shopping streets, pipe line gas, running water, flushing toilet, electric transportation, coffee shop, book store, were well established, while east bank remained relatively barren of many civil services.

Foggy weather presents the most difficult challenge to ferry even today, however until early 1990s, foggy weather related chaos at ferry had caused a widely spread belief of rather having a bed at Pu-xi (west bank) than having a house (refering to an apartment unit) at Pu-dong (east bank).

Today with numerous tunnels and bridges being built, River Huangpu is no longer an uncrossable moat of nature, a network of subway and bus service has been well established to transport a continuous flow of people. Ferry has long lost its former glory, it becomes a more relaxed leisure time sport for people enjoying the scenery, however ferry still has serious transportation meaning for thousands of bicycle, scooter and motorcycle commuters as none of the bridge and tunnel is open to them.

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Ferry used to be the most important mode of transportation for crossing River Huangpu, during the era before the economic reform, civil construction virtually didn't exist in Shanghai, and the mere 400m wide River Huangpu was regarded as such a moat of nature that could never be conquered.

The entire aspect of local economy traditionally was severely tilted toward the west bank in that all the modern means of civilization, neon lights, shopping streets, pipe line gas, running water, flushing toilet, electric transportation, coffee shop, book store, were well established, while east bank remained relatively barren of many civil services.

Foggy weather presents the most difficult challenge to ferry even today, however until early 1990s, foggy weather related chaos at ferry had caused a widely spread belief of rather having a bed at Pu-xi (west bank) than having a house (refering to an apartment unit) at Pu-dong (east bank).

Today with numerous tunnels and bridges being built, River Huangpu is no longer an uncrossable moat of nature, a network of subway and bus service has been well established to transport a continuous flow of people. Ferry has long lost its former glory, it becomes a more relaxed leisure time sport for people enjoying the scenery, however ferry still has serious transportation meaning for thousands of bicycle, scooter and motorcycle commuters as none of the bridge and tunnel is open to them.

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Interesting Photos and nice too! Thanks for posting them! :-)

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