Five Long Exposures Inside Shanghai’s Bund Tourist Tunnel

And a hideously tacky Tourist Tunnel it is. But it makes for some great photo opportunities during the course of its five-minute journey.

Everything about the tunnel, which connects The Bund and Puxi to the Pudong Financial District beneath the Huangpu River, is so comically over the top and kitschy that it’s sublimely good. Well, almost. Multi-colored strobes, lasers, flashing projected images. Tinsel even.

At ¥40 (€ 4.75/$6.35) one way it’s not dirt cheap, so I’m not sure if I can recommend it. Unless you want to snap a few photos.

With no tripod or harnessing rig of any kind, these were obviously a hit miss. I just stood by the front window, held the camera against it and tried my best to keep it still. All are 10 second exposures at f7.1, 100 ASA except for the bottom one which was eight seconds at f5. No post-processing whatsoever.

Shanghai, 25-May-2010

If you’re suddenly overcome by a bout of Shanghai curiosity, check out some more of my pics from China’s biggest city here. No more flashing lights. Promise.


These snaps are this week’s contribution for Travel Photo Thursday (#TPThursday on twitter) hosted by Nancie on her blog, Budget Travelers Sandbox. When you have few minutes to browse, check out Nancie’s photos and those of others who take part. You’ll see some great photos and visit some wonderful places. The direct link this week is here. They also fit nicely for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme this week which is ‘Through‘.

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  1. biosound says

    Very cool:)

    1. BobR says

      Yup, taking a few photos is really the ONLY reason to take this tunnel.

  2. Sophie's World (@SophieR) says

    What’s not to love about a kitsch Chinese tunnel? Fun photos!

  3. recoverythrumylens says

    These are fantastic, Bob! Amazing what time can do….you might want to check out my other blog as well, Learning to See,….where I write more about
    my photographic experience….

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, Meryl. Will go there right now. 🙂

  4. You got some lovely shots!

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, Marcia. 🙂

  5. Leigh says

    Looks like you had some fun taking these shots. I’ve just started to play around with zooming at night and other cool ways of getting unexpected shots.

  6. Jessica says

    Those are great photos! My kids would love a tunnel like that-they love tacky stuff. 🙂

  7. Country Skipper says

    Trippy 🙂 These pics are really fun!

  8. Lisa says

    Great shots! So the tunnel exists strictly as a tourist attraction? I’d have to agree with Jessica – my kids would love something like this.

  9. Cathy Sweeney says

    Man, that’s kind of psychedelic — if anyone still uses that word 🙂 Definitely over the top, but great photo op. Well done!

  10. Crazy pics! Enlarged, they’d make a great series to hang. I especially like #3.

  11. Dick Jordan says

    Cool pix!

  12. says

    Beautiful, cool shots and very psychedelic- looking (as Cathy stated which is what came to mind right away). It must be great to be there in person and witness the changes. My kids love tunnels but one like this – they’d probably not want to leave =)

  13. pen4hire says

    If you had not explained that it was a tunnel, I would just have thought abstract art. Makes from gorgeous shots, doesn’t it? Does anybody use it for transportation from one place to another, or is it just a fun ride? Were you riding on a bus? a train?

    1. BobR says

      It’s a little tram-like thing that is primarily for visitors/tourists. Commuters use buses and bridges – much more practical and MUCH cheaper. 🙂

  14. Anwar says

    It kinda feels like a “this is your brain on drugs” commercial. Its very psychedelic but really cool too.

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