A grand promenade running alongside Shanghai’s Huangpu River, the Bund offers the most photogenic views of the city. Home to colonial-era buildings, pretty parks and glamorous boutiques, this waterfront stretch should be at the top of your itinerary. Stroll with us along the Shanghai Bund as we show you what to see and do in the area.
Sunrise tai chi
Start your day on the Shanghai Bund at sunrise. As dawn breaks and before the throngs of people descend, the promenade is a tranquil backdrop for local tai chi practitioners. As the sun rises over the Oriental Pearl Tower, the serene spectacle is a sight to behold. Better still, experiencing the majestic Shanghai views at a time when few others are around is an unforgettable experience.
Occupying the Bund’s northernmost tip (overlooking the riverbend), Huangpu is Shanghai’s oldest park. A verdant triangle of green in the urban jungle, this is a great place to stop and watch the world go by. Unmistakable is the commanding Shanghai People’s Heroes Monument, a grandiose edifice dedicated to local revolutionary heroes. Beneath the monument you’ll find the Bund Historical Museum, where you can journey to the Bund’s past via captivating photos.
Explore Shanghai’s architecture
Once home to the headquarters of major financial and banking institutions, the Bund is like an architectural museum of grandiose buildings. The best way to discover them is on a walking tour, but you can easily appreciate their beauty on a self-guided wander along the Bund. From the Gothic China Merchants Bank Building to the Neo-Classical East Wind Hotel, spend the morning soaking up these enchanting architectural landmarks.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
A subterranean passageway connecting the Bund to the Pudong District, Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is a great way get to the other side of the river. Transported in a transparent rail car, you’ll journey slowly through the tunnel, which is bathed in colourful, psychedelic projections. Kids will love the technicolour light show and the atmospheric sound effects that accompany the fun ride.
Chen Yi Square
Located halfway along the Bund, Chen Yi Square is dedicated to Shanghai’s first mayor, Chen Yi. You can’t miss the imposing bronze statue of him that presides over this pretty green space, one of the key tourist sites in the city and an important place for locals, who congregate here to sing, dance and catch up. On Saturday nights there are sometimes music concerts that take place in front of the statue.
Shop ‘til you drop
Once you’ve suitably soaked up the Bund’s many historical and architectural charms, it’s time to hit the shops for some retail therapy. One of the best things to do on the Bund, shopping is a popular local pastime, and this promenade is studded with the world’s finest designer labels. Shop new season collections at Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani and try on luxurious timepieces at Patek Philippe and Cartier.
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