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The Bund

Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.

In the early 19th century, The Bund was merely a narrow, muddy towpath on the banks of Huangpu River. Within a hundred years, European and American investors had created a lavish boulevard that rivaled the great avenues of the West. After decades of post-revolution neglect, this grand street is back in business. Many of its 52 architectural treasures have been lovingly restored and the once traffic-clogged, multilane street has been remodeled into a pedestrian-friendly promenade.

Stroll along the riverside path beside what is known as Lovers’ Wall, and walk between two worlds. On one side admire the colonial grander of The Bund’s gothic, neoclassical, baroque and art deco buildings, while just across the river rise the modern skyscrapers of Pudong.

The Bund is often called the “museum of international architecture” and the best way to delve into its treasures is to take a self-guided or group walking tour. While many of the buildings are occupied by banks and trading houses, others have become the homes of the city’s most exclusive boutiques, hotels, restaurants and clubs. Stop by the Jazz Bar at the Peace Hotel. Luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham once enjoyed the hotel’s art deco opulence. Next door, take tea on the rooftop terrace of the Swatch Art Palace Hotel.  

At sunrise, join Shanghai locals for a jog or tai chi class by the river, then enjoy a steaming dim sum breakfast. Hop on a river cruise for uninterrupted views of The Bund, Pudong, Wai Baidu Bridge and Huangpu Park. Longer cruises also take in the “Three Colored Waters,” the point where the different hued waters of the Yangtze River, Huangpu River and East Sea meet. Don’t miss The Bund after dark, when the buildings and promenade are romantically illuminated.

The nearest subway to The Bund is East Nanjing Road Station. There are also ferry boats and an under-river pedestrian tunnel that connect The Bund with Pudong.

Popular Activities at The Bund

You could comfortably spend an entire morning or afternoon at The Bund. Below are a nice selection of the activities you can try here:

For many more things to do, peruse our Shanghai things to do page.


Guide to Exploring The Bund


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Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai ¥14,002
Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

1 East Jinling Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai places guests a 2-block walk from the Bund. Tracing the course of the Huangpu River, this world-famous boulevard is flanked by gleaming skyscrapers. For a taste of tradition, the pagodas and Ming Dynasty pavilions of Yu Garden are a 5-minute cab ride from the hotel.

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai ¥15,754
    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lujiazui Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 24 minutes.

      Fairmont Peace Hotel ¥26,128
      Fairmont Peace Hotel

      Fairmont Peace Hotel

      20 Nanjing Road East, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park, The Bund, and Shanghai Old Street. Yu Garden and People's Square are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes.

        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel ¥12,873
        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

        159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City God Temple, Yu Garden, and Shanghai Old Street. The Bund and People's Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 16 minutes.

          Hyatt On The Bund ¥18,030
          Hyatt On The Bund

          Hyatt On The Bund

          199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shanghai International Convention Centre and The Bund. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Yu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tiantong Road Station is 18 minutes by foot and North Sichuan Road Station is 19 minutes.

            Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥15,721
            Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

            Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

            505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shanghai Museum of Pen and Ink, Nanjing Road Shopping District, and The Bund. People's Square and Yu Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

              Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel ¥8,150
              Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel

              Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel

              No.33 Fujian S Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yuyuan Bazaar, Yu Garden, and The Bund. People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is only a 2-minute walk and East Nanjing Road Station is 15 minutes.

                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong ¥26,096
                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

                Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is steps from Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Super Brand Mall. Oriental Pearl Tower and Lujiazui Jingting are also within 15 minutes. Lujiazui Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dongchang Road Station is 23 minutes.