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23/10/2013

Walk The Bund Shanghai

1. The Bund.

The Bund is the famous road that runs along Shanghai's waterfront on the Huangpu River (the brance of Yangtze River where you can have Yangtze River tour). It is 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. It was once part of the British settlement of Shanghai. When Shanghai became a trading port in 1846, the street by the river was paved and the banks of the river were reinforced. Then a long row of commercial buildings was constructed. A building boom at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial centre.

A walk along the Bund is a must when in Shanghai. The walkway along the river is pleasant with trees and flowers. There are good views across the river to Pudong with the famous Pearl Tower. On the Bund itself you can see the famous Peace Hotel, the original Hong Kong (more via Hong Kong travel guide) Shanghai building.
 

From the Bund you can get on a boat for a sail along the Huangpu River. There is also a tunnel under the Huangpu River. You can go through this by train. It's like a fairground ride with psychodelic lighting. This will bring you out near the Pearl Tower.

2. East meets West on The Bund

One of the world's primary promenades curves along the Huangpu River and separates the historic and statuesque European architecture of the 1920s and 1930s from the glittering and dynamic architecture of modern China.

The Bund is a microcosm of Shanghainese life with local residents using the public space for fitness (tai chi), entertainment (kite-flying) or business (photography), while domestic and international tourists throng the broad footpaths to take in the magnificent views. So don't miss it for your China travel deals.

The Bund is also a springboard for cruises along the Huangpu River (both day and night), fine dining and wining at establishments in several of the historic buildings, and even a sightseeing tour through a tunnel linking Puxi to Pudong.

The Bund is a must-see.

3. Stroll along the Bund
  We visited the Bund most days we were in Shanghai (the city of 72-hour China visa). The first time was mid morning with a tour group where we took random photos of both sides of the Huangpu River, many photos were of river activity and often included the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which is located on the opposite side of the river, the district known as Pudong.

The word "Bund" means embankment and the Shanghai Bund is the area on the western side of Huangpu River where the Colonial Buildings were established after the British won the Opium Wars of the 1840's.

During daytime the Bund embankment is extremely popular with tourists, and with Shanghai hosting 3 million tourists each day you can imagine the crowds. We enjoyed out night visits best as the city buildings were a blaze of coloured lights and most of the river boats were well lit. It was a party atmosphere on the Bund.

Ideal for night photography and make certain you bring your video camera. Included on this page are 2 videos.

After completing our Bund visit we crossed the road and walked Nanjing Road, an excellent shopping street.

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