A brand new scenic helicopter service has been launched in Shanghai over the weekend, reports China News.
The 35-minute aerial sightseeing tour of Shanghai covers a distance of 40 kilometres and will set you back 4,999 RMB (US$800). The French-made EC135 helicopter departs from Pudong and treats its five passengers to low-altitude views of famous landmarks, including Forest Park, Century Park, the Huangpu River and the Shanghai World Expo site. The service can take up to 100 tourists per day.
For those who are interested in getting a glimpse of Shanghai from a different perspective, the helicopter rides are already up and running (having gone operational on the March 29), with tickets available on-site or online. However, restrictions on air traffic apply for downtown Shanghai, and special approval is still needed before the route can expand to the Lujiazui district.
While the cost of the helicopter tour may be seen as slightly prohibitive for the average tourist—its counterpart in New York City charges around US$150 for a 15 minute ride—this is certainly a unique way of seeing Shanghai, and is a much safer option than scaling unfinished skyscrapers to get a bird’s eye view of the city.
The helicopters rides take off from the Gaodong Maritime Salvage Airport in Pudong and tickets are sold on-site.
By Liam Bourke