Pudong (浦东 Pǔ​dōng​) is Shanghai's newest district on the eastern side of the Huangpu River, a Special Economic Zone chock full of gleaming skyscrapers rising out of what was largely farmland before 1990. An urban planning site has an amazing pair of photos showing the contrast.


Pudong New Area

The term "Pudong" is slightly ambiguous; taken literally, it just means "East of the river", while officials and media use it to refer to the administrative district whose name (浦东新区 Pǔdōng Xīn Qū) translates as Pudong New Area, which includes the whole area shown in red on the map.

When someone in Shanghai says "Pudong" they usually mean only the central and very developed Lujiazui district and nearby developed areas, excluding the more spread out and less developed Nanhui to the South. This article covers central Pudong. Nanhui is covered in a separate article.

In September 2013, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone opened in the Pudong New Area. It will reduce the usual requirements for foreign businesses wanting to operate in this area with access to the mainland China market. For the visitor in the future, this will likely mean more foreign financial services, travel agencies, education companies, medical facilities and entertainment options available in the Pudong area than anywhere else in mainland China. There was even talk of allowing unrestricted Internet access from inside the zone, although this has not happened yet.

Get in

Metro Line 2's Lujiazui Station is in the middle of central Pudong, within easy walking distance to both the Pearl Tower and the Jin Mao Tower. The Century Avenue Metro Station is a major interchange. Lines 2, 4 and 9 all come there from various parts of Puxi, and Line 6 which runs North-South through Pudong comes there as well. Coming in from downtown on line 2, Liujiazui is the first station after you cross the river and Century Avenue the third.

Lines 7 and 8 also cross the river and provide Puxi/Pudong connections, and lines 11 and 13 will when complete, but those run to less central southern areas of Pudong.

There is no bridge for pedestrians to cross, so if coming from the west side of the Huangpu River, your options are metro, taxi, ferry, sightseeing tunnel or bus. The cheapest way is to take the ferry from the Bund, near Yan'an Donglu, at the price of ¥2. Using the metro is only a bit more.

A much more expensive way of crossing is the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (north of the Peace Hotel), basically an overpriced 647 m underground travellator featuring several minutes of blinking lights at ¥45 a pop. (This "ride" lacks creativity or exhilaration, but toddlers who like to move at slow speeds and witness a few harmless props might enjoy it.)

Yan'an Tunnel is the main road in and out of the district for cars. Expect a long line of cars throughout rush hours (also 5PM-9PM on weekends) where you can get stuck up to 30 min. If you need to cross by taxi at these hours, try to talk your driver into using Renmin Lu Tunnel further south.

Coming in from Pudong Airport, the choices are taxi at around ¥150, Metro Line 2 which runs until 9PM, or a magnetic levitation train. The Maglev is extremely fast (top speed 430 kph or 270 mph) and connects to Longyang Rd Station on Metro Line 2. It finishes running at about 9.30PM. Maglev tickets cost ¥50 single, or ¥80 return.

Get around

Many lines of the Shanghai metro serve Pudong. Line 2 is Shanghai's main East-West line; it comes in from Pudong airport, runs through downtown Pudong, across to Puxi, right across the center of dowtown, and out to Hongqiao Airport. Line 4 is circular, mainly in Puxi but with a substantial section in Pudong. Line 6 runs North-South through much of Pudong; it is the only line entirely in Pudong. Those three plus line 9 all meet at Century Avenue Station. Lines 7 and 8 also go to both Puxi and Pudong.


The city's signature Lujiazui skyline, with the Shanghai Tower under construction

Many of the sights of Pudong are the large buildings of Lujiazui, all built since 1990. The Financial Center the one in the photo with an opening near the top that makes it look vaguely like a bottle opener was the 4th tallest building on Earth as of 2012. However, it has already been surpassed in the skyline by the Shanghai Tower, just to the right of the Financial Center in the photo. This is expected to be the tallest building in China and second tallest on Earth at 632 m (2,073 ft) when finished in 2014.



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Hotels in Pudong cater mostly to the business traveller. For a wider range of choices or to be closer to the main tourist sights, look in Puxi instead.




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