The Bund Guide

-Travel to The Bund

The Bund (Wai Tan) is located on the bank of Huangpu River, which is a branch of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, formerly known as Huangxiepu or Chunshen River. The Bund is one of the symbol places of Shanghai, so once you travel in Shanghai, that is the must-see place in your trip. According to the guide book, the Bund is also named Zhongshan east no.1 Road, which is rarely known by visitors. The Bund is about 1.5 kilometers long in total, facing Huangpu River on the east, with various exotic buildings on the west side. The building styles there includes Gothic, Romanesque, baroque, and

Sino-western, so it gains the nickname "the World Exhibition of Architectures".  so travel there is just like to visit a exhibiton or building Museum. The building boomed at the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial hub of East Asia. The former French Bund, east of the walled city was formerly more a working harbor side. The dozens of historical buildings were built in that period, which once housed numerous banks and trading houses from Britain, France, the U.S., Russia, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the consulates of Russia and Britain.  The Bund lies north of the walled city of Shanghai. This was initially a British settlement, which was noted in the guide books; later the British andAmerican settlements were combined in the International Settlement. The Bund shows the process of transformation of Shanghai. The building, easily identified by its crowning dome, has housed the Shanghai People's Municipal Government. The statues that once lined the Bund are long gone; the pair of bronze lions that once stood guard outside the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank can now be seen at the Bund History Museum. Recent years, more and more pedestrian ways are built around. Vistors can enjoy their leisure time on the Bond without a travel guide.
Lotation: on the bank of Huangpu River, in the center of Shanghai. Open time: 24 hours

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Name:Stay Near The Bund Reply

Hi, we are going to travel in Shanghai in Apr.,2009 and considering stay in a hotel close to the Bund. Is there any suggestions for good options where we can get a good view of The Bund and the whole bunch of amazing buildings along the bund. Thanks.

Name:Re: Stay Near The Bund

Actually, staying near The Bund in Shanghai is not a quite good idea. Firstly, hotels around the Bund are very expensive than the ones of same standard in other locations. Secondly, there are full of constructions along the Bund for the coming Expo next month. If I were you, I would choose another place to stay or another time.