Saturday, July 12, 2008

Taking a Train Under the River

Before this year, I had not taken the train that goes through the tunnel under the river at the Bund in Shanghai before. I've been fortunate enough to have lots of kids visit me in Shanghai this year, and it's certainly broadened my experience of the city. The tunnel under the Huangpu River is one of the things I might not have ever bothered to do if not for all the "underage" guests I've had in 2008.

The ride itself is a pretty cool experience. It is a sort of mini-train, and it goes slowly through the tunnel. As you move from one end to another, there are all sorts of lasers and lights flashing here and there. There is also an audio voice-over that suggests some of the things that we might see if we travel far enough under the earth. The thoughts range from magma to hades. The visual effects to go along with each thought are quite nice.

All the kids who have gone on the ride with me list it as one of the things they really like. It's a fun experience, and well worth the fee to go across. A one-way ticket is 40RMB, and it is just 50RMB to travel both ways. Kids are half price.

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