The Bund Sightseeing Tour, Shanghai

The Bund is one of the most famous attractions in all of Shanghai. It represents the historic and architectural heritage of one of the most important ports in China. This row of 52 beautiful buildings has for decades facilitated economic relations between China and other countries. Take the following tour to get familiar with the historic buildings of the Bund of Shanghai.
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The Bund Sightseeing Tour Map

Guide Name: The Bund Sightseeing Tour
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: emma
Waibadu Bridge

1) Waibadu Bridge

One of the distinctive landmarks of the city of Shanghai, the Waibadu Bridge is the first steel truss bridge built in China. It connects the Huangpu and Hongkou districts at the confluence of the Suzhou and Huang Pu Rivers.

The Waibadu Bridge gets its name from the word in the Shanghai dialect for crossing a bridge without paying. It was funded by a group of European investors led by a British businessman, Charles Wills. At first, its name was Wills Bridge. The steel bridge was completed in...   view more
Former British Consulate

2) Former British Consulate

One of the earliest buildings to be constructed on the Bund in Shanghai, the former British Consulate, is a living memorial to the heydays of the British Empire in China. The elaborate neo renaissance style structure also served as the law court of the city at the time.

The British Consulate building was constructed between 1871 and 1873. It housed the British consulate that was the center of British trade and investments in China until the Japanese occupation in 1941. It was restored to its...   view more
Banque de l' Indochine Building

3) Banque de l' Indochine Building

The renaissance structure called the Banque de l’Indochine Building stands at No:24 the Bund, Shanghai. The bank was established by the French to manage their trade interests and financial assets in China. As a French colonial bank, The Bank de l'Indochine also held sway over properties in the French colonies of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. After the success of the Qing Dynasty in quelling the Boxer rebellion, European countries like France that helped the rulers were rewarded by the Boxer...   view more
Old Bank of China Building

4) Old Bank of China Building

The Old Bank of China Building is one of the highest structures on the Shanghai Bund. Its stunted appearance is because the owner of the neighbouring building, Victor Sassoon insisted than no other structure in Shanghai could be higher than his.

The Old Bank of China Building was built on the site of an old German Club. It was once the headquarters of the Bank of China. Today, it houses the bank’s Shanghai branch. The site was purchased in 1930 and the design was formulated jointly by...   view more
Peace Hotel

5) Peace Hotel (must see)

The Peace Hotel has two buildings divided by the busy Nanjing Road in Shanghai. The northern building was once the grandest in Asia. It was called the Cathay hotel when it opened its doors in 1929. The structure called Sassoon House was owned by Victor Sassoon, scion of the Jewish Sassoon family who owned large assets in India and China. The 77-meter high building had 13 floors and was designed by architects, Palmer and Turner. It was the most prestigious among Shanghai hotels by 1949 and hosted...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chartered Bank Building

6) Chartered Bank Building

The Building was built for the offices of the British Chartered Bank at No:18, the Bund in Shanghai. It was the earliest foreign bank in China.

The site of the Chartered Bank Building was purchased from another bank called the Oriental Bank in 1893. The structure was designed by Tug Wilson in a neo Greek style. The steel framed building rests on two rafts, one for the main structure and another for one at the back used for the treasuries. The lion’s heads on the bronze lamps were the...   view more
Russo-Chinese Bank Building

7) Russo-Chinese Bank Building

The Russo Chinese Bank Building is an elaborate renaissance structure on the Shanghai Bund. It was the first building in Shanghai with elevators, tiles, sanitary facilities and modern amenities like heating and electric generator.

The Russo Chinese Bank Building was designed by architect Heinrich Bake of the German firm, Becker and Baedecker. The brick and concrete structure was built between 1901 and 1905. It has three floors and has a floor space of 1460 square meters. Glazed ceramic tiles...   view more
The Customs House

8) The Customs House

The Customs House was built by the British on the Shanghai Bund as the office of the British Governor general of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service. The structure is still used as a customs house and is regarded along with its neighbour, the HSBC building as symbols of the Bund and the city of Shanghai.

The Customs House was designed by Palmer and Turner Architects in 1925 and completed in 1927. The building occupies an area of 5722 square meters and has a floor space of 32,680 square...   view more
HSBC Building

9) HSBC Building

The HSBC Building at No:10, The Bund, Shanghai was at the time of its completion, the second largest building in the world after the Bank of Scotland Building in Edinburgh. It is now home to the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.

The HSBC or Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation first occupied the ground floor of the Peace Hotel in Shanghai. As the business of the Bank grew the premises became too small for HSBC. They purchased a three storey building that stood at No:10 called the...   view more
China Merchants Bank Building

10) China Merchants Bank Building

This China Merchants Bank Building is one of the Bund’s oldest European style structures. It was built in 1897 as the headquarters of Russel and Co, one of the most prosperous among American Companies with operations in Shanghai during the 19th century. It is also known as the Yuangfang Building.

The China Merchants Bank Building was occupied by banks after it ceased to be the headquarters of Russel and Co. The Imperial Bank of China and the Commercial bank of China had their offices here...   view more
The Great Northern Telegraph Company Building

11) The Great Northern Telegraph Company Building

This Beaux Arts Style building located at No: 7, the Bund, Shanghai first housed the offices of the Danish Great Northern Telegraph Company. The first telephone switch in Shanghai was installed here.

Construction of the Great Northern Telegraph Company Building began in the early 1900s. In 1905, a fire broke out and delayed the work. The building was finally opened in 1908. The Great Northern Telegraph Company was the first to provide telephone and telegraph services in Shanghai. They...   view more

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