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The Shanghai Bund

Introducing the Shanghai Bund, the Shanghai Bund Guide, the Shanghai Bund Travel Guide
Article from Shanghai Municipal Commission of Tourism

The Shanghai Bund has also been known as Zhongshan First East Road, which measures about 1.5 kilometers in length. The Shanghai Bund starts from Yanan East Road in the south and extends to Waibaidu Bridge on Suzhou Creek in the north. To the east of The Shanghai Bund is the Huangpu River. To the west of The Shanghai Bund are 52 classic buildings of Gothic and Baroque styles which used to house old Shanghai's financial institutions and trading companies; therefore, the Shanghai Bund is now acclaimed as an outdoor museum of international architecture.

The Huangpu River is the largest river flowing through downtown Shanghai. It rises at Longwang Mountain Nature Reserve close to Anji, Zhejiang province. It experiences the ebb and flow of tides twice everyday, and the water levels could have a drop of up to 4 meters. Facing the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s mother river, the Shanghai Bund has been a symbol of the city for over 100 years. It was not only witness to Shanghai’s legendary past, but also fully demonstrates to the world the city’s remarkable ability to absorb foreign cultures. The peaceful river, the long dyke and the green belt against the dazzling backdrop of charming buildings make the Bund Shanghai’s signature spot. In the morning, early birds come here for morning exercises. In daytime, the Shanghai Bund is a bustling attraction. In the evening, the buildings lit up along the Shanghai Bund are like crystal palaces, and visitors are amazed by unforgettable night vistas.

Quick Facts on the Shanghai Bund

• Name: The Shanghai Bund
• Location: The west bank (Puxi) of Huangpu River, Huangpu District of Shanghai
• Dates: At the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1.5-2 Hours
• Opening Hours: All day
• Admission Fee: Free