The Bund in Shanghai the ideal place to soak in the diverse atmosphere of the city. A visit to Shanghai would not be complete without a stroll along this beautiful waterfront.
1. The Bund translates to ‘Outer Beach’ and is the name of the 1.5 km stretch of waterfront area in central Shanghai. It is situated along the western bank of the Huangpu River, the main river that runs through Shanghai.
2. Yes, this riverfront boardwalk is touristy, but part of the fun of strolling down the Bund is checking out the people checking out other people. Local people often start their day by doing exercise at the Bund. Getting up early and joining them is a pleasant way to take in the real lifestyle of locals as this boardwalk gets extremely crowded in the afternoon or on public holidays. In the evening, it is a world for the lovers. Whenever night comes, the light-flooded buildings on the Bund, like Crystal Palace, amaze both local and overseas visitors.
3. For a century, the Bund has been one of the most recognizable symbols and the pride of Shanghai. The architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s on the one side contrasting with the hyper modern buildings on the opposite river bank.
4. Early Bund was a foreign trade center, here, there were foreign firms and prosperous trade. From the late 19th century, many foreign and Chinese banks were established in the Bund and it became Shanghai’s “Financial Street”, also known as “Oriental Wall Street”.
5. Due to the historical nature of the architecture along the Bund, there are limitations on the architecture of the surrounding area, so as not to mar the view or the architectural beauty of these grandiose old buildings that have finally been restored to their former glory. The buildings are a mix of several designs, including Baroque, Gothic, Classicism, Romanesque, and Renaissance styles.
Things to remember when visiting The Bund
- Bring your camera because the photo opportunities are endless.
- Visit during different times of day so that you can experience the peaceful mornings, inspiring afternoons and the wild nightlife.
- Be prepared for crowds if you’re visiting in the evening, especially parents with young children.
- Make sure to wake up early and walk The Bund. You’ll get to see the locals exercising and dancing by the waterfront.
- Pack your own snacks to avoid the high prices in the area.
Where is your favourite waterfront area to go for a stroll to soak in the local atmosphere?