The Bund, Shanghai

The Bund, Shanghai (must see)

Once the principal financial hub of China and the Far East, the Bund forms part of Zhongshan Road in Shanghai. All major institutions of the former international settlement stood here and the 52 buildings along the waterfront have an array of European architectural styles.

The Bund comes from the Indian word for embankment. The Bund of Shanghai is on the western bank of the Huang Pu River starting from the Waibadu Bridge to the Nanpu Bridge. When Shanghai was a major trade center, European banks and financial institutions were located at the Bund. It was also the location of the consulates of Russia and Britain, an English club and a Masonic lodge. A 771-meter retaining wall runs along the bank of the river. Railings were placed on top of the wall and a promenade was designed alongside.

The embankment had many statues of prominent colonial and European statesmen before the communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. Today, there is a bronze statue of Chen Yi – the first mayor of Shanghai after the communist takeover, at the Nanjing Road intersection – and a Monument to the People’s Heroes at the Northern end.

The Bund area was restored to attract tourism in the 1990s and today visitors can walk along this stretch of Europe in Shanghai and take in views of the Huang Pu River.

Why You Should Visit:
If you want to understand why China has become a world financial center, this must be the place to start.

Tip:
The western Bund is older and has impressive colonial-style buildings, chief of which must be the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building and the Lighthouse Tower.
The eastern Pudong side is where most of the modern skyscrapers are located: these are colorful and of different shapes & heights and where the evening light show is most impressive.
Be sure to be there after sunset, but before 10pm when the lights shut off. There are also many piers from which you can hop onto the river cruise or some smaller boat tours.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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The Bund on Map

Sight Name: The Bund
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District   City Orientation Walking Tour II  

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