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    The Bund: Great Place to Relax

    by theguardianangel Written Jul 5, 2015

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    The bund is one of my favorite places to hang out especially at night since I find it as the best spot for photography and get mesmerized at the colorful lights. This is a famous waterfront and they say that it is the pride of Shanghai. It has the most recognizable architectural design showing the old and new Shanghai.

    Facing Pudong i love the lights! old colonial-era buildings infront of Huangpu River
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    The Legendary Bund

    by Jack6 Written Apr 13, 2015

    Check out this wonderfully iconic landmark in Shanghai! Tour guide from Jetbay (www. Jetbay.com) strongly recommended it as a must-see for Shanghai! It is the symbol of China's economic center. The night time view is much more stunning than the day time, and you avoid the crowd!

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    The Bund (Night Views)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 23, 2014

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    spectacular night views of the Bund seen from the Huangpu River Night Cruise where you would see the dazzling lights that illuminate the 26 historic buidlings of the Bund.

    The Bund (also known as an embankment or a quay) is the most famous Attraction of Shanghai and it represents the City as a Major International Trading Port since the 18th Century and is the european style center of Trading since the Qing Dynasty Times. It is also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road) and the boundaries runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters in length, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. There is a separate concrete pedestrian walkway lying parallel with the Zhongshan Road where you can walk and take tons of pictures and videos. The attraction of the Bund is the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance designs that once housed numerous banks and trading houses of various Countries of which they are now housing local chinese companies and are well illuminated at night.

    what a view from boat again me inside boat
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    The Bund (Day View)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 23, 2014

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    assorted view of the Bund excluding Pudong view (which i will make into a separate tip).

    The Bund (also known as an embankment or a quay) is the most famous Attraction of Shanghai and it represents the City as a Major International Trading Port since the 18th Century and is the european style center of Trading since the Qing Dynasty Times. It is also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road) and the boundaries runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters in length, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. There is a separate concrete pedestrian walkway lying parallel with the Zhongshan Road where you can walk and take tons of pictures and videos. The attraction of the Bund is the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance designs that once housed numerous banks and trading houses of various Countries of which they are now housing local chinese companies and are well illuminated at night.

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    Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Building

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    one of the European Gothic Architecture Icons in the Bund now houses the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. It was formerly known as the HSBC Buidling Built in 1923 and after the revolution known as the People's Government of the Municipality of Shanghai Building. It has a floor area of 23,415 square meters, and was the second largest building in the world at that time, after the Bank of Scotland building in the United Kingdom. If is one of the most popular photography site area in the Bund.

    the building pose
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    The Bund

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 10, 2013

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    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.

    On the Bund Looking towards the Pearl Tower from the Bund. On the Bund. On the Bund Huangpu River
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    The Bund

    by cal6060 Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    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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    East meets West on The Bund

    by JohanIsWeg Updated Nov 14, 2011

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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.

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    The Bund

    by roamer61 Written Nov 7, 2011

    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.

    The Bund Pudong

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    The Bund

    by rabbit06 Updated Oct 31, 2011

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    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.

    Big Ben Shanghai Customs House Great Architecture HSBC Building Peace hotel on left
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    Notice - View From Bund to Patong Waterfront Pt 2

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Walk "The Bund" Shanghai

    by Mikebb Updated Jun 29, 2011

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    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.

    Riverside Promenade, The Bund, Shanghai Colonial Buildings - The Bund, Shanghai View From The Bund - Huangpu River to Pudong View to Oriental Pearl TV Tower from The Bund View from The Bund - River & Financial District
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    The Bund In The Morning

    by MINOSUKE Updated Apr 7, 2011

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    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.

    On the Bund people doing exercises Pu Dong from the Bund kite flying on the Bund, Shanghai from Les Suites Orient, Shanghai
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    The Bund At Night

    by MINOSUKE Written Apr 3, 2011

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    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.

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    The Bund

    by Burtty Written Jul 15, 2010

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    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.

    Waibaidu (The Garden) Bridge Pudong across the river from the Bund Historical buildings at the bund Historical buildings at the bund
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