07/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/07/2019 19:39
Cruises on the Huangpu River are getting a gourmet and cultural makeover with the launch of a food and culture festival.
A ship's banquet featuring the flavors of Jiangnan - the area south of the Yangtze River - was showcased on the No. 1 Sightseeing Cruise Ship on Friday. The dishes included Huaiyang shizitou (stewed meatballs) and Shaoxing choudoufu (stinky tofu). Clay teapots and intangible cultural heritage such as jade carvings were also on display.
Traditional performances such as crosstalk, pingtan (musical storytelling) and guzheng, or Chinese zither, are also part of the festival.
The festival will last till September 30, and will be hosted by several cruise ships on the river. The aim is to make Huangpu River cruise tour experiences more diversified than just sightseeing, and turn the ships into floating restaurants, teahouses and theaters, said the operator, Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise Co.
The dragon-shaped No. 1 Sightseeing Cruise Ship, the biggest vessel of its kind on the Huangpu River, can accommodate 1,000 passengers.