This morning Shanghai woke up to a bright beautiful blue sky and an air quality rating as low as 8! On a day like this a morning-outside-activity is a must and more a pleasure than a duty. I love running but lets be honest: some days it's just more fun than others. This morning I got out of bed at 6, ate a pre-running snack while gathering my running gear and had a big smile on my face. I had been waiting for a good day to take a long run on my new running route at the West Bund.
I'm gonna share my route with you and if you like me miss some green areas, some open space and water you are gonna loooove this running route. I took the subway to the Bund in 15 minutes and yes I was in my running outfit. I just can't be bothered running in the busy Shanghai streets anymore, it drains me before the run has even started! If you prefer you can just run to the Bund and in this way add kilometers to your run.
West Bund Route
Start at South Xizang Road Station, taxe Exit 2 and turn right as you walk out of the subway. Turn left after 10 meters on the first road and run straight until you can't get any further - now you are at the West Bund. Run left and along Miaojiang Road.
Breathe in som fresh air along the Bund, enjoy the open green paths, do some push ups on the benches on your left site, note what Shanghai Power Station Of Art has on at the moment when you pass the museum on your right side, run under the Elevated Road connected to Nanpu Bridge, continue when you pass the Cool Docks and when you reach Longtan Road you can do like me: turn left on Longtan Road and run until you reach Yuyuan Garden Subway. Other options are: continue a long the more tourist part of the Bund and find a subway station more convenient for you or jump in a taxi when your legs can't take you any longer or simply run home!
My West Bund route is around 4 miles/6,5 km and a really enjoyable route most of the way (note that you can't run by the water the whole way - just follow the road and stay as close to the Bund as you can).
Check the route (the Black Line) on the above map and click here to find an interactive google map where you can see more details and make your own route.
I hope you have a great run if you try the route. If you have suggestions for other routes we should know about - get in touch!
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