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The Bund

The Bund, which locates in the eastern part of Huangpu District and runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, centres on a section of Zhongshan Road (East-1 Zhongshan Rd.) within the former Shanghai International Settlement. The most famous and attractive sights

At the west side of the Bund must be the 26 various buildings in different architectural styles, such as Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance etc. Besides, the 1,700-meters long flood-control wall, which is located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River, is also known as the 'the lovers' wall' for the romantic hollowed-out railings and nice position to take the 'snap-shot' of the scenery of Pudong Area and Huangpu River.

As the Bund it has been called the 'museum of international architecture' for the 26 major structures of various heights and architectural styles along the 1.5 kilometers of Zhangshan Lu and the Huangpu River, which has changed little externally since the 1930s. All of them were constructed in western-inspired styles, and most of them had already been impacted by the war.

Besides, as the old tenants were gone after the establishment of the PRC, many of the structures were subdivided into government offices, department stores or storage areas, and most of the furnishings were sold off or destroyed.


History of the Bund


Before the 1840s, here was a muddy narrow lane with tall reeds, and Shanghai was just a small village lives on fishing. After Shanghai became the trading port in 1846, here was paved a street and the riversides were reinforced. Later, rows of commercial buildings appeared, and got a big development at the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th century as the UK Concession, and Bund became a major financial hub of East China. More than a hundred years ago, the Bund became the political, economic and cultural center of Shanghai with many banks, business and newspaper offices and consulates, and that is also the reason why the buildings on this road have many different architectural styles.

From 2008, want to boost tourism and land values in nearby area, as well as to reconcile the promotion of 'colonial relics' with Socialist ideology, Shanghai government carried out a 33-month upgrade construction project. After the reconstruction, a new underground tunnel appeared and the 11 driveways on the Bund ground were compressed into 4 two-way lanes, Huangpu Park, Chen Yi Square, the Bund Financial Square, and the Observatory Plaza were expanded, new, neat and atmospheric Bund waterfront came into being, as well as the expansive public activity space.


City Sculptures on the Bund

Ever Victorious Army Monument, which is located on the south side of Shanghai Bund Garden Bridge, was funded by Li Honzhang to commemorate the officers and soldiers of the Victorious Army who died in the battles against the Taiping Army from 1862 to 1864.

Monument to the People's Heroes, which located at the northern end of the Bund, along the riverfront, is an abstract concrete tower built for those who died during the revolutionary struggle for Shanghai dating back to the Opium Wars.

The only bronze statue in along the Bund near the Nanjing Road intersection is the statue of Chen yi who was the first Communist mayor of Shanghai.

Hart Sculpture, which is located in front of Shanghai Custom House, is to commemorate Hurt, British Northern Irishman who had served as Secretary General of Chinese Customs up to 48 years.

Red Rock Monument, which was built by the British nationals, was to show the victor of the war.


Night View of the Bund

Night View of the Bund fully exhibits the magnificence of the various buildings in different architectural styles and magnificent panorama groups of the buildings with colorful lights floating in the river and the flashing lights on the far side of the Huangpu River. The night view of Bund has been listed as the 'Shanghai top ten night light views' in 2009.



The Bund Notes


By Bus:

Take bus 55 or 307 and get off at East Nanjing Road Station.

Take bus 37, 576, or 928 and get off at East Nanjing Road / The Bund Station.

Take bus 33, 37, 65, 305, 910, 912 and get off at East Zhongshan 1st Road / East Nanjing Road Station.

Take Bus 65, 123, 135, 576, 910, 928 and get off at Zhongshan 1st Road / Hankou Road

Tourism Bus Route: Line 8 from Shanghai Stadium (Gate 4) to East Nanjing Road / the Bund.

By Subway:

Take Line 2 or Line 10 to East Nanjing Road Station. Then walk about 10 minutes toward the Huangpu River.

By Ferry:

There are scheduled ferryboats between East Jinling Road Ferry Dock / The Bund in Puxi and Dongchang Road Ferry Dock in Pudong.

Ticket: CNY 2

East Jinling Road Ferry Dock: Walk toward Huangpu River from Est Nanjing Road and turn right to walk down along the Bund.

Dongchang Road Ferry Dock: 10-15 minutes’ walk south of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel: From the Bund in Puxi to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, there is a total 646.7 meters sightseeing tunnel, which only takes 3-5 minutes by the speed train to go through.

The Puxi Entrance/Exit is in the north side of Chenyi Square, which can be easily found at the Bund from East Nanjing Road or East Beijing Road.

Pudong Entrance/Exit is next to the south of Shanghai International Convention Center, near to the south entrance of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

Opening time: 8:00 to 22:30

Admission fee: CNY 40 for single trip and CNY 50 for round trip