The Bund is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of
Shanghai. The word ‘bund’ derives from an Anglo-Indian word
for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was
in the beginning, when the first British company opened an office
there in 1846. It became the epitome of elegance during Shanghai’s
history as a city of trade.
Now many attractive new constructions have been erected in addition
to the historical buildings. A 771-metre long retaining wall for
flood control was built. Atop the wall is a spacious walkway for
sightseeing. Paved with colorful tiles and dotted with flower beds
and European-style garden lights. It is a good place for a
leisurely stroll and a view of the Huangpu River.
The Bund, which extends from Jinling Road in the south to the
Waibaidu Bridge over the Suzhou Creek in the north, is on the
western bank of the 114 kilometer long Huangpu River, a tributary
of the Yangtze River.
Looking out on the river, various cargo vessels, speedier tourist
ferries and other locally owned boats navigate. Towering
skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl Tower line the river, and
the neon lights indicating the offices of top world brands and
European architecture surrounding them.
The commemorative square at the junction with Nanjing Road features
a fountain and a statue of Chen Yi, who in 1949 became the first
mayor of Shanghai in the communist era. Opposite the Customs
Building is an electronic clock that shows standard times in
various world localities on a water-like curtain. All around are
Chinese wisterias, gingko trees and azaleas. Buildings in Greek,
Renaissance and Baroque styles can be seen along the west of the
The wharf for pleasure boat rides is also at the end of Nanjing
Road. A boat ride on the Huangpu River will take visitors down to
the estuary of the Yangtze River and back in just over three hours.
Shanghai Bund Facts
For a century, the Bund of Shanghai is always the symbol and proud
of Shanghai. Every morning people come here to take exercises and
every evening people come here to appreciate the excellent view
with their lovers. The Bund of Shanghai always shows the cheering
changes of Shanghai.
Chinese Pinyin: Shng Hǎi Wi Tān
Location: Bwteem Baidu Bridge and Jinlin East Road, Shanghai.
How to get to Shanghai Bund: Bus NO. 20, 22, 37, 42, 55, 65, 126, 212, 401.
Facts: There are three main attractions on Shanghai Bund. The first one
is the sculpture group which consists of the sculpture Light of
Huangpu River, sculpture Sail and sculpture Wind. The second one is
Square Chenyi. There is a stone statue of Chenyi who was the first
mayor of Shanghai on the square. The third one is the Sightseeing
Tunnel which is the first underwater tunnel for foot passenger in
China.Bus Routes: No.20, 22, 37, 42, 55, 71, 135, 921
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