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Exploring the Bund, Shanghai

Good for photographers especially at night.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4.9 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  This tour shows the quintessential views of Shanghai contrasting the modern with the colonial past. If there is one place you cannot... more »

Tips:  A good place to start this tour is at Tiantong lu subway station on Line 10. At the moment they are still building Line 12 and so... more »

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Points of Interest

If you come walking along the riverside path beside Beisuzhou Lu, you cannot miss this imposing building. It was built between 1922 and 1924 and designed by Stewardson & Spence in a very British classical style.

Until 2003 it served as Shanghai’s main post office. Whilst it is still a partly functioning post office, the building since 2006... More

This is credited as being the first western style hotel in Shanghai. Its origins lie in a boarding house opened in 1846 known as the Richards Hotel. Founded by Scottish merchant Peter Richards, the original establishment was in what became the French Concession and was largely patronised by seafarers.

In 1858 it relocated to its present location... More

3. Russian Consulate

Directly opposite the Astor House Hotel, the Russian Consulate is once again back in its original location. It originally opened as the Soviet Consulate in 1917. Later it became a seaman’s club before in 1987 reverting to its former use. After the break up of the Soviet Union it became the Russian Consulate.

20 Huangpu Road黄浦路20号

The current bridge is the fourth to rest on this site; the other three were wooden structures. Built in 1907 and opened in 1908 it is said to be the first all-steel bridge and the only remaining camelback truss style bridge in China.

It is one of the landmarks of Shanghai and marks the beginning of the Bund. It has been featured in many films... More

This has good views back at the Garden Bridge and also of Pudong across the Huangpu River. As a park, though, it is more concrete than greenery.

Head for the Monument to the People’s Heroes - the 24-metre-high structure is meant to symbolise three rifles standing against each other. Surrounding it in the hollow is the free Bund Historical Museum... More

6. Bund Origin (Back Bund) Waitanyuan

Make a diversion along South Suzhou Road (南苏州路 Nansuzhoulu) just beside the Garden Bridge.

As you go down the street you will see the main building of the Former Shanghai Rowing Club and the Former Union Church. The church, built in 1885 to a design by William Dowdall, was expanded in 1901. With its 33-meter-high octagonal tower, it was once the... More

This is where old Shanghai meets new Shanghai with only the Huangpu River acting as buffer. On the west side (Puxi), lie the temples of grandiose wealth created by banks and trading institutions built in the first few decades of the 20th century. Across the river on the east side (Pudong) you can see the bold modern buildings of 21st century... More

8. The View

The promenade runs the way along the Bund. It was extensively redone in time for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. This is the most popular place for Chinese tourists to take pictures looking over to the skyline of Pudong.

The building that looks like a Christmas tree decoration with its bauble-like structure is the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The second... More

9. The ferry

Just past the old Meteorological Signal Tower on street level is the ferry. This offers a much cheaper alternative to river cruises for seeing the city from the water. It drops you off at Pudong on the other side which then allows you to look back at the Bund from across the water.

Tickets: Y2

Hours: Ferries run every 15 minutes from Puxi and... More

10. Pudong Waterfront

Once you exit the ferry head left along Fucheng Road for the waterfront. There is a promenade and various cafes and restaurants. You can then look back at the Bund on the other side.