The Bund (literally means "Outer Beach") is a waterfront area lies north of the Old Town of Shanghai, and one of the most famous scenic spots in this international city. This stately street is famous for old colonial-era buildings, dozens of historical buildings there once housed numerous banks, trading houses, consulates and newspapers from the UK, France, the US, Russia and many other countries.
Zhongshan Road is the central area of the Bund with former Shanghai International Settlement. Along the Huangpu River, the Bund once was the financial center of the Far East. It’s no wonder that different styles of European buildings can be found there. With 52 buildings of diverse architectural styles, this dazzling area is called "the museum of buildings". It became more attractive nowadays because you can have an excellent view of modern skyscrapers in the Pudong District just opposite the Huangpu River. The tremendous contrast between old and modern area forms the skyline of this fast-changing city.
Customs House, an eight-story structure which was built in 1927, is one of the symbols of the Bund. It’s famous for a clock tower called "Big Ching", and it remains customs house until today.
On the south of the clock tower stands HSBC Building, the grandest building on the Bund. The two magnificent buildings were designed by the same architect. It was the home to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, but now Pudong Development Bank is its new host.
Huangpu Park located at the northern end of the Bund, it’s the oldest and smallest park in the city. You can have a visit to The Bund Historical Museum in it.
For leisure and sightseeing, a three-hour-cruise on the Huangpu River is available and worthy. If you have a tight schedule, you can also found one-hour and two-hour cruise at the southern ferry port.
Recommended Tours Including The Bund
This 15-day tour will take you to visit the six famous cities in China from east to west. You will have an opportunity to visit the capital city Beijing. Then take a short tour to Xi’an. After that, you are going to visit Lhasa, the roof of the world then fly to Chongqing to enjoy the breathtaking view of Yangtze River as well.