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Creek cruises will soon offer jumping-off points

PASSENGERS on Shanghai's Suzhou Creek cruise will not only be able to view historic and modern buildings on both sides of the stream but also get off to visit the buildings they like.

More than 10 new docks will be built along the creek for the cruises that resumed late last month, Shanghai's tourism authority said yesterday.

Passengers can get off the boats for an open-air concert or have a cup of coffee at a riverside cafeteria, then get back on the cruise to continue their sightseeing, Dao Shuming, Shanghai Tourism Administration director, said in a radio interview.

"We hope the passengers can not only view the city's historic buildings but also experience the modern lifestyle of the city," he said.

Cruises along the creek resumed on April 29, after a gap of a year while the waterway was being dredged. It costs 200 yuan (US$31.75) for a round trip between the Danba Road dock and Waibaidu Bridge in Huangpu District, while an evening cruise ticket is 230 yuan. A shorter round trip between the Danba Road dock and the Changhua Road dock in Putuo District costs 130 yuan.

The full cruise winds its way under 12 bridges. Historic industrial buildings along the banks include the city's match and spinning factories, as well as Saint John's College - China's first modern university.

Boats broadcast information on buildings as they are reached. An English version will be available soon, said Lin Yong, general manager of the Shanghai Suzhou Creek Sightseeing Co.


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