The Bund

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Last updated: Mar 11, 2013  Posted: Jan 17, 2006
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Hours: All Day, especially at night
Price: Free
The Bund, a vision adorned on numerous postcards and fridge magnets, is a symbol of China’s prosperous future and Shanghai’s international past. The Bund is Shanghai’s waterfront. It lines the Huangpu River as it winds down from the mouth of the Yangtze towards the East China Sea. The Huangpu River divides Shanghai into eastern and western districts otherwise known as Puxi and Pudong.
 
Walking the length of the Bund is a joy regardless of time of day. The one mile stroll affords many spectacular views. The Bund, with more than 50 individual architectural styles, is reminiscent of the time when Shanghai was the center of Chinese economy and culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Consulates, banks and businesses from yesteryear make an eclectic and artistic architectural statement. Shanghai, though definitely Chinese, has had an international past and though it is often an unspoken truth, the Bund reveals its secrets.
 
Shanghai - Bund - Puxi

From the Puxi side Pudong, and its thriving financial district, Lujiazui, are right in front of you. Oriental Pearl and Jin Mao Towers stand proudly as a testament to China’s growth and development.

Shanghai - Pudong
 
Naturally the best place to see the Bund is from the river, and there are countless river trips to choose from. Some tours take just one hour while others can choose to take an excursion up the river into central China. My personal favorite is the Sea Captain which offers one hour trips for 50RMB. Though other operators may offer the same excursion for a cheaper fare, the Sea Captain, decked out to look like an old wooden ship, offers a luxurious and fun ride around the Bund. Though there are more authentic boats, none are traditionally Chinese, so any trip you make will be pleasure oriented and designed for tourists.
 
The Bund is a beautiful sight and one of my favorite places in Shanghai. It is worth braving the crowds to visit at night, when the lights of Shanghai sparkle till 10pm and reveal a truly majestic city.

Link: Ferry Tour on the Huangpu River







 

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Shanghai's yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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It's been changed a lot, I still remember that I went there for the first time when I was four, ships were docking which now is no longer allowed.Colonial buildings along the Bund, good in shape and style but not so beautiful and clean like what now they look.

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The best time to visit the Bund is early morning around  7am to 9am to see morning Shanghai. and evening around 9pm to 10pm to see all the buildings with light. 

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well,in the bund area,you can also take a cruise in the huangpu river,it is just amazing experience. You just can't miss it

   Another famous bridge in Shanghai, next to the bund.

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If you go to the Bund, there is another bridge you have to go which is Wai Baidu Bridge.
It has a long history and it means a lot to Shanghai people, some old people even call it Grandma Bridge. Wai Baidu Bridge was built in 1907, it`s over 100 years and last year it was moved to another place to repaired it, and in 2009, this year 26th, Feb. it finally came back. Here are some pics i took when i had a trip there.

 

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