Shangha's 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 built by the local government between 2000 and 2003. It is the first steel arch bridge in the world, with the longest span.
Enjoying its fame as 'the First Steel Arch Bridge in the World', Lupu Bridge's main body is an all-steel construction, with only one span. It has a total length of 3,900 meters (4265 yards), of which the main body takes up 750 meters (820 yards). The main body of the bridge is arc-shaped, like a rainbow flying across the Huangpu River. Integrating the bridge technology of cable-stayed bridge, arch bridge, and suspension bridge, Lupu Bridge is a real engineering feat, built with the most complicated construction techniques and huge amount of steel. The cross section of its main arch is the biggest among the bridges in the world, 9 meters (30 feet) high and 5 meters (5 yards) wide. The bridge carries 6 lanes of traffic, while under it even a 70,000-ton-class ship can pass through smoothly.
That Lupu Bridge is open to the public is a well kept secret, either that or nobody has any interest in climbing one of the major artieries that links Puxi to Pudong over the Huangpu River. The bridge was deserted even on National Day when the rest of Shanghai was heaving with visitors. Lupu Bridge is the longest arch bridge in the world, the white arches have 367 steps which lead to the top of the bridge with the Huangpu River, teeming with commercial traffic, over 100 metres below.
The view from the top is further removed from the bright lights of Lujiazui. Instead it offers a telling insight into Shanghai’s history and contrasting future. On the Puxi side it offers a look at an old shipyard. It is the last of Shanghai’s heavy industry within the city limits, everything else was moved to the outskirts in an effort to combat pollution and the shipyard will shortly follow suit. The Pudong side is at present nothing more than a building site but a massive construction project is underway along the banks of the Huangpu for the Shanghai 2010 Expo, otherwise trumpeted as the Olympic Games of the economy, science, and technology. The view is interesting if only to the see the scale of the project and knowing the pace of construction will be ready in the time it takes to knock down the shipyard on the opposite bank.
This allows visitors to enjoy breathtaking views. Adding to the whole experience is the more than 300-step climb up the "slope" of the arched rib which makes for an unforgettable experience itself. But no great physical effort is required as sightseers take a high-speed transparent elevator up to the main deck of the bridge before walking up the steps along the arch rib for about 280 meters. At the top there's a viewing platform which is about the size of a basketball court, and it offers splendid views of the scenery around the Huangpu River.
Admission Fee: CNY 80 Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 How to Get There
By Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Luban Road Station, then walk eastward for several minutes.
By City Bus: Take Bus 17, 36, 146, 205, 733, 786, 806, 909 or 986 and get off at Lupu Bridge Stop. Take Bus 45, 253 or 933 and get off at the South Zhongshan 1st Road Stop, then walk eastward for about 5 minutes.