Have you ever wanted to live out that freaky scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Now’s your chance! There’s a tunnel in Shanghai that puts on its very own colourful light show to freak you out while you traverse the underground.
If you’re not a fan of flashing lights, look away now. Otherwise, prepare yourselves for a sensory overload. Welcome to the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel – a particularly novel way to travel through Shanghai’s Huang Pu River.
While most commuters will opt for the inexpensive metro car that gets you across the river quickly and calmly, thrill-seekers might try this captivating rail car trip that’ll take you on a flight through some kind of spooky hell dream. Sure, it’ll cost you about 10 times as much as the regular train, but for this out-of-world experience, it might just be worth it.
While we’re still figuring out the “why?” of the whole situation, we can fill you in on the “what?” right now. Visitors are seated in an automated cart that takes you ‘into the core of the Earth’ on a bizarre and trippy audio-visual tour. The circular tunnel is lit up with colourful and pulsating lights and accompanied by an equally as strange soundtrack featuring spooky electronic music and ominous spoken word.
The ride traverses almost 650 metres of dream-like visual effects until you arrive at your destination in Pudong. Fun fact: it’s actually cheaper to buy a return ticket so at least you’ll be prepared for the sensory insanity the second time over.
Baffling as it may be, the Bund Tunnel is now one of Shanghai’s top tourist destinations. If you’re looking for a little bit of unusual fun in Shanghai, this is definitely it.
(Lead image: Wenjie Zhang/Flickr)