Lupu Bridge in Shanghai

Why is Lupu Bridge so Special?

Shanghai Lupu Bridge starts from Luban Road, Puxi in the north, crosses the Huangpu River and ends at Jiyang Road, Pudong in the south, with a total length of 8.7 kilometers (about 5.4 miles). It was designed by Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute, and took about 3 years to built the bridge by the local government from 2000.

Where is Lupu Bridge?

Located on Huangpu River waterway, it is one of the components of Shanghai Inner Ring Expressway

Main Attraction of Lupu Bridge

The main body of Lupu Bridge is full steel structure with only one span, enjoying the reputation of “the world’s first steel arch bridge”. Its total length is 3900 meters (4265 yards), of which the main body occupies 750 meters (820 yards). Its main body is curved, like a rainbow across the Huangpu River. Lupu Bridge is a real engineering feat integrating cable-stayed bridge, arch bridge and suspension bridge technology. It is built with the most complicated construction technology and a large amount of steel. The cross section of the main arch is the largest bridge in the world, 9 meters (30 feet) high and 5 meters (5 yards) wide. The bridge has six lanes, and even a 70,000-ton ship can pass under it.

Like Sydney Bay Bridge in Australia, Lupu Bridge is not only used for transportation but also a scenic spot. Unlike Napu Bridge and Yangpu Bridge, its sightseeing platform is built on the top of the arch, which means that tourists can see amazing scenery from the top on the one hand. On the other hand, it requires tourists to climb more than 300 steps to enjoy the scenery. Of course, for the convenience of tourists, there are also high-speed elevators. Walk about 280 meters (306 yards) along the steps and you will reach a sightseeing platform 100 meters (328 feet) high and the size of a basketball, where the beautiful scenery of Huangpu River will be an eye-opener. Because Lupu Bridge is located on the axis of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The top sightseeing platform is also the best place to have a bird’s eye view of the Expo site, yesterday, today and tomorrow. In addition, it is planned to build a bridge museum and the world’s largest softstop exhibition at the foot of the bridge in the future.

Best Time to Travel Lupu Bridge

The best travel time is spring and autumn, usually March-may and September-November.

Catkin, peach blossom and flying warbler are most suitable for outing in the suburbs in spring. Peach Blossoms in Nanhui, Cherry Blossoms in Gu Village Park and Tulips in Shanghai’s Fresh Flower Port are in full bloom. They are the best time to enjoy flowers. Autumn with red leaves all over the sky is the best time to taste hairy crabs. The so-called “autumn wind is ringing and crab legs itch”. At this time, hairy crabs have yellow legs, thick crab fat and beautiful crab meat, which make people drool.

How to Get There

  • Take Metro Line 13 to Shibo Dadao Station. Leave from exit 4 and then walk northward for two or three minutes.
  • Take bus 17, 36, 146, 205, 733, or 1212 and get off at Lupu Daqiao (Lupu Bridge) Station.

Useful Travel Tips

Entrance Fee for the Sightseeing Platform CNY 80
Opening Hours 10:00-16:00
  • The rainy season is from mid-June to early July, with continuous rain.  From the end of August to the first half of September is the typhoon season, often with sudden storms, these two periods of travel to Shanghai must take umbrellas.
  • The entertainment life in Shanghai is quite rich. The modern facilities and natural scenery in major theme parks and parks make people feel relieved and happy.  Shanghai, as the birthplace of Chinese movies and the host of one of the world’s nine major film festivals, has many cinemas with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, which can experience incomparable viewing effects.  If you are a fan and fan, then in Shanghai, a series of world-class art venues and theatres will definitely make you feel full of happiness.
  • You can buy a wide range of Shanghai specialties, snacks and handicrafts in Shanghai, such as spiced beans and pear paste candy from the Old City God Temple, which are generally available in local specialty stores and supermarkets.

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Edited by Doreen/张洋