The Bund (Wai Tan), Shanghai

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Stroll along The Bund (Wai Tan) to become one with Shanghai's bustling crowds and take in views of the city's glittering skyline. The buildings lining this waterfront walk represent a broad variety of architectural styles, such as Gothic, Baroque, and Beaux-Arts. Take photos at the flood-control wall affectionately called the Lovers Wall and in front of the famous skyscrapers, including the Pearl Tower, whose pillars and spheres pierce the sky. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan) by using our Shanghai trip planner .
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  • Derived from Indian architecture this long promenade expands to a magnificent modern Shanghai view over the river.  more »
  • Was just overwhelmed by the rainy weather could see on both sides. Is worth a look. OP to me and local guide got in thanks
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  • Iconic shanghai which is nice when viewed from a cruise night. But not advised directly to it because of the view.
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  • A promenade along Huangpu river. You can see modern Shanghai in one side and old Shanghai at another. The best place to enjoy modern and old Shanghai at the same time. Very beautiful at daylight and romantic at night. And it is free :)
  • Shanghai's past centre of commerce, featuring numerous historic buildings in high European style from the 1850s to the Art Deco 1930s. Originally the area inhabited by foreign traders and visitors (think of the reverse of a Chinatown!) the old European feel of this area is in stark contrast to the new Pudong skyline over the river.
  • The Bund is very near to waterfront . This area is in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement which runs along the Huangpu River . The Bund in local language refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road , as well as some adjacent areas . It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai.
  • The last time I was in China was 11 years ago. A huge time gap in Shanghai time as the city experienced dizzying growth. Back then, the Pearl Oriental Tower was the tallest building on the skyline. The ever changing skyline across the Hangpu is now filed with skyscrapers, some among the tallest in the world. I could hardly remember my previous trip. But it wouldn’t have mattered 11 years would have made the city virtually unrecognisable. I’m excited to be reacquainted again with this and perhaps be inspired by the pace of growth. The Bund Promenade is where every visitor to the city will eventually congregate. Standing looking at this, I’m really amazed how much things have changed in just the 11 years since my last visit. I even had a photo of back then that could literally demonstrate the amazing difference, with many of the towers still under construction, barely even surpassing the pearl of the Pearl Tower. In many ways, this spot where i stood represents a bridge between the past and the future. View Shanghai’s other side of the river and you’ll see Shanghai's growing pace towards the future - some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world led by the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower. View Shanghai’s Puxi side from across the river and you're take a time machine back into Shanghai's past: the grand buildings on the Bund formerly the International Concession.
  • Its like the Avenue of Stars in Hongkong, river side, with prominent buildings on the opposite side. I was there during day time thus, the dirty and muddy river was quite obvious. But nevertheless, its beautiful because of the different shapes of the building.

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