It was a grey day with rain and sleet, making walking around Shanghai not much fun. I decided to seek a sheltered attraction, and ended up buying a ticket for the ride through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. I was curious about the experience ahead: I had read that people get out totally mind boggled, and wanted to see how it would affect me. Taking an escalator down, on whose walls I saw underwater scenes depicted in bright colours, took me to a circular place where small cabins on rails were waiting for passengers. A group following a leader with a flag was surrounding me, and I decided to let them leave; it seemed a much better idea to be in front of the cabin.
Empty cabins arrived from the other side, and when the entire group had left and I was the only one around, I stepped forward and walked into the cabin. At the last moment, a Chinese girl entered as well, so I could take the front seat with an unobstructed view of what lied ahead. The cabins move automatically, and where I had expected them to move fast, they turned out to move at a slow speed. We could see rings of yellow light ahead of us, and as we moved forward, we saw lights of all kinds of colours projected on the tube through which we were moving. Yellow, blue, red, green, purple lights: they came at the same time, or separately.
Apart from the light show, a voice was pronouncing words, and music completed the audio-visual experience, which is supposed to represent a voyage through the earth. Instead of just sitting down and watching the spectacle, my eyes were glued to my camera the entire ride. The best part was seeing an empty cabin approach from the other side of the Pu river: the lights reflected beautifully on the round, glass vehicle. Much sooner than I expected, I saw the end of the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel ahead of me; and when I looked at the girl traveling with me, I noticed her eyes glued to her mobile phone, and realized that she had not seen anything of the show I had seen in the tunnel. It was a nice experience, a fast way to cross the river, but the effects were in no way overwhelming.
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