The Bund is the famous road that runs along Shanghai's waterfront on the Huangpu River. 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 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.
The Bund is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. Most visitors come here during evening as it has the most amazing light shows to highlight the buildings of Pudong, including the Pearl Tower, Jinmao Building and etc. Those colorful riverboats cruising the Hangpu river makes the scene even more stunning. Old colonial buildings mostly hotels, banks, and offices are built along the Bund.
In Chinese: 外滩 (wai tan)
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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.
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.
This is the famous riverside promenade. On one side, across the water is Pudong, the new city dominated by the Pearl Tower. On the other side is the walk itself, with the beautiful British Buildings mainly from the 1920s and 30s.
The area is also popular for shopping with many well known boutiques nearby.
A lot of history along this stretch of the Huang Pu River with all the old architectural banking and finance buildings. This was once the hub of Shanghai with many consulates setting up their office's here. Still is a very busy place with many tourists who flock here to have their photo taken and a romantic destination for young couples.
The waterfront on the Huangpu riverfront opposite the Bund is extensive and several noticeboards were used to identify the important buildings.
Time did not permit us to walk the Pudong waterfront something I regret as it would the nice to be close to these buildings.
We visited the Bund most days we were in Shanghai. 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.
The Bund shows totally different views from what it shows at night.
From very early in the morning, before tourists gather here, local people come on to the riverbank to enjoy walking, jogging, doing exercises and flying kites.
It was fun to walk watching what they do. Of course the view the river and the old buildings along the riverbank and the view of the eastern bank were very good.
The western bank of the big river, Huang Pu Jiang, is called the Bund, Wai Tan in Chinese. This is the best of all the must see items in Shanghai. It is very popular among tourists and the local people also.
There, you can enjoy the wide winding river flowing through the city of Shanghai, with vessels going up and down.
Along the street by the river, there are a lot of buildings illuminated so beautifully at night. They were built in the early 20th century. You will sure to enjoy the western architecture of those buildings. I felt as if I was not in China but in some city in Europe, like Vienna, or Berlin, or Moscow.
On the other side of the river, you will see very modern Shanghai with tall buildings and the TV tower called Dong Fang Ming Zhu Ta.
The Bund was the land rent to England in 19 and 20 centuries. The historical buildings of the European style were built along the Huang Pu river. Across from the river, the skyline of Pudong which develops quickly in this decade is also viewed. Waibaidu (The Garden) Bridge is located at the north of the Bund across the Suzhou River. The present bridge was opened in 1908. It was a famous landmark of Shanghai. It is a special experience to see the historical buildings at one side of the river while the morden Skyscrapers at the other side of the river. These buildings are also decorated with the light at night. This gives a famous night view at this area.
The Bund Brewery is the oldest brewery in Shanghai, open since 1998 (!). It offers German wheat, dark and lager beer and some dishes and snacks if you're hungry.
The beers are more expensive here than in every other place but they felt "more exclusive".
Im not exactly sure why they call it this, because you dont get to see any sights on the tunnel ride! Its really just a tunnel under the river with a light show, the whole ride probably lasts for about 5 minutes tops and it is indeed a rip-off!!! BUT ... most tourists to Shanghai will still do it, as we did!
Entrance and return ticket costs 50rmb = about $9AUD, and when you compare that to a return subway ticket costing 6rmb, you can see why it is slightly over-priced! I will say though that the light show is kinda spectacular, weird and tacky, all at the same time. I did take some pics which turned out ok, but still which dont give the full effect of the lights. The tunnel comes out at Pudong, very close to the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the entrance on the Bund side is very close to the Peace Hotel. If you walk down Nanjing Road towards the Bund, you simply cant miss the brown signs to the "Bund Sightseeing Tunnel".
You can almost see Shanghai's history by walking down the bund. All these old buildings will remind you of Old Shanghai, while opposite across the Yangzi River, you see the most modern part of Shanghai. Actually it would be alot more beautiful to come here at night time.
At the northern end of the Bund is the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, a 647-metre tunnel under the Huangpu river and a psychedelic way of travelling between the Bund and Lujiazui. Glass capsules transport visitors through the tunnel, with strobe lighting, sound effects and surreal props! A single journey costs RMB40 while a return journey costs RMB50 (2009 prices).
This is quite a pleasant area to visit at night with the buildings all being lit up. A stroll along the river, or a river cruise are well worth it, even if you will need to dodge large numbers of would be watch salespeople.