The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund sightseeing tunnel wasn't all that the brochure made it out to be but I suppose it was OK for value. I also thought I would be seeing water under the river......dumb!
Kids would love the ride through the tunnel the lights and colours were great (reminded me of the old hippie psychadelic trips - which I only saw on TV of course) and it was an OK experience.
It is a convenient way to get from one side of the river to the other but it would be cheaper to take a ferry,
A major activity for most tourists is to frequent the Bund at night.
Coming from Australia, it actually felt like Christmas Eve when Anne and I were standing on the Bund looking across the river. It was a warm and balmy night, there was a cool breeze coming off the water, the light show was spectacular and there were crowds of people just walking around, hand in hand, having a great time.
The light show across the river was amazing to watch and the older sandstone buildings of the Bund were lit in a beautiful way.
The only 2 disappointing things about the night were 1) The light turned off too early at 10pm and 2) The Children that were used to constantly pull at your arms and beg for money.
The Bund Museum is located on the ground floor of the impressive 1907 Signal Tower building towards the southern end of The Bund. I didn’t realise at first that the building housed a museum and in fact it was the rooftop terrace that first attracted my attention to this building, presenting a great opportunity for some panoramic photographs of the Bund, the Hunagpu River and the Pudong skyline. It was only when I reached the entrance that I saw a small sign for the museum.
It is a small and modest museum and entrance is free.
In a dark wood-panelled room, with antique-looking furniture, you will find a host of photographs lining each of the walls. These photographs show the changing face of the Bund throughout the decades and are accompanied by brief text descriptions in both Mandarin and English.
The early photos show a mid-1800s Bund with just a handful of simple low-rise buildings besides the river. By the mid 1900s, the Bund had grown into a much more thriving place and the photos show it to have been a bustling trading post with hundreds of boats docked alongside it and crowds of people in the street.
In truth, there isn’t much to keep you here for very long. There are perhaps 30 or 40 photos and, even if you read the accompanying texts of each and every photo, you’ll be hard pressed to spend more than 15 or 20 minutes browsing.
However, once you have finished enjoying the photographs, climb the wooden spiral staircase and you will find yourself in a cosy little bar and restaurant (called “Atanu” – see separate tip). Take a further flight of steps out onto the rooftop terrace and enjoy a drink while marvelling at the bird’s eye view of the Bund.
A modest museum displaying a small selection of photos of the historic Bund. Worth a passing glance as you make your way upstairs for a drink and a live view of the modern Bund!
The Bund is a row of buildings along the western shore of the Huangpu river that were built by the British during the early part of the 20th century. These buildings served as the headquarters of some of the most powerful trading companies in China. Many Americans will recognize the buildings from the movie "Empire of the Sun". Amazingly, these buildings survived the Cultural Revolution, and are still intact. You can't go into them, but they are still interesting to see, and the walk along the riverbank across the street from the Bund's buildings also gives you a great view of the modern skyscrapers across the river in the Pudong district.
There is a tunnel connecting the two banks of the Huang Pu River - the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. It is a great way to get across the Huangpu River if you are on any side of the river and want to go to the other.
Modern high technologies are applied in the decoration of the interior walls of the tunnel, providing the passengers with background music as well as pictures, patterns and views about people, history, culture, science and technology and natural scenery.
The Bund is the best-known landmark in Shanghai. On this stretch of Zhongshan Road East lies the most important buildings left from colonial Shanghai including the Peace Hotel, the Bank of China, and Shanghai Gold Exchange. Externally these buildings have been well preserved and stand proud in their original grandeur. Internally they have been renovated to house some major financial institutions as well as Shanghai's most expensive and luxurious hotels, restaurants and bars.
The Bund is Shanghai's landmark and it's also known as Zhongshan Lu.
The Bund was at the heart of the colonial Shanghai and on the other side of Huangpu River, there's the western commercial power and most of the old buildings are still in that place.
In the evening you can enjoy taking a ride in a small ship and have a magnificent view of the spectacilar lights of Pudong's modern skyline. That was one of the most beautiful views I have seen in my life!!!!
I'm still not sure what the big deal is about this place. I suppose we should have taken a tour and read up on it so we'd know the significance. Its a tourist spot so people from all over the country go see it. It was hot and smoggy so that made it tough to enjoy.
The sights to see are supposed to be the architecture I guess, but I became the focal point that afternoon. Being a lilly white blond with blue eyes was a big hit. People kept staring at me and asking to take pictures of me. It was hysterical. Now I know what it must be like to be a celebrity. It was fun.
Strolling at the Bund is 'the' thing to do in Shanghai. It is worth your time. The whole stretch is long. You can really admire the old architecture along the Hunagpu River. On the other side of the river, you can admire the new skyline of Shanghai which is the Pudong area. It's an interesting contrast between the new and the old. I went there twice: once during the day, and again during the night. Both visits gave me different point of view. I think the old buildings look gorgeous during the day. On the other hand, Pudong skyline looks better at night.
1 block east of Nanjing Lu Station (Metro Line) (Walk towards the river) - ask for directions
This refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront. Its a must do. It has lots of history of course , in 1842 it is where foreign powers entered Shanghai after the Opium Wars. Today its a place to stroll..grab and ice cream ( as we did) and look at the amzing skyline..
Watch your pockets though as there are lots of pick pockets at work here.
At the northern end of the Bund is the Bund Memorial, a granite structure dedicated to war dead, with calligraphy by Jiang Zemin. It's pretty ordinary in my jaded eyes, but there are a number of riverside cafes and restaurants here - pricey no doubt but a nice place to watch the world go by.
Crossing under the Huangpu River, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel links “Old Shanghai” (the Bund) with “New Shanghai” (Pudong). It’s a slow but short and painless ride through a series of manufactured and rather unimpressive light shows that ends on either side in a maze of hawker stands. With a return ticket costing Y45 and the area also linked by a far more reasonably priced and easily accessible subway, a more appropriate name would be the Bund Ripoff Tunnel.
The Bund is a must for all visitors to Shanghai, is famous both at home and abroad.
On the Bund stand many tall buildings of different styles. They used to be the political, economic and cultural headquarters for the capitalist countries in the West to exercise control over Shanghai. From the architectural point of view, these high building are identical in their architectural tone and their skylines are harmonious though they were designed by different architects and constructed at different times in the early 20s and 30s. These buildings, in a way, are one of the architectural complexes, symbolizing the city of Shanghai and it is now being built into a new financial and commercial centre.
Bank of China was built in 1934. Standing out on the riverside skyline with latticed windows and cornice at the top, the Bank of China combines the Chinese national style with modern-day western architecture characteristics. Today, the bank building is 60 inches lower than its neighbor. Its neighbor is the north section of Peace Hotel. It was built in 1929. The building with a green pyramidal roof is one of the most prominent structures on the Bund. Completed in 1928 and owned by Victor Sassoon, a Jewish merchant, it was once the most deluxe hotel in Shanghai, known as Cathay Hotel.Standing out on the riverside skyline with latticed windows and The south section of Peace Hotel was built in 1906. It was the place where Jiang Jie Shi and Song Mei Ling got married in 1909. The first elevator in Shanghai of OTIS was installed here.
The building with a clock on the top is the Shanghai Customs House. The Customs House is a classical building with a fine neo-Grecian metalwork portico and four giant columns of Doric order. Inaugurated in 1927. it is of majestic proportions with a chock tower to top. The chimes from the chock tower are clearly audible with echoes fading into the distance. It is said that this clock is one of the three in the world. The other two are in London and Moscow.
I have seen photo of others on the same location... but the actual feeling at the spot by ourselves is simply superb..
I visited the Bund every nigth during my entire stay at the Nanjing Road nearby. The ancient buildings at the Bund enable us to imaging what was in the past. Across the busy Hwangpu River is the newly developed Pudong area, where the Pearl Oriental Tower and other skyscrapers guiding us what will be in the future.... The strong contrast between the river banks steering a romantic evening walkpath for couples like us.... oh Shanghai : )
The Bund was once part of the foreign concession area (eg. British Concession, French Concession etc), and was out-of-bounds to locals. During the Qing Dynasty, the allied troops of eight countries attacked China, and the Chinese government eventually signed treaties to allow the foreigners to take over the concession areas, as well as handed over control of Hong Kong and Macau (to the British and Portugese respectively).
The Bund is Shanghai's financial hub, also known as the "Wall Street of the Far East". The buildings in this area are distinctly more "Western" in architectural styles, as they are mostly from the Concession era.