The Bund

The Bund

Stretched along the western bank of the Huangpu, the Bund is one of Shanghai’s most popular destinations – it’s hard to believe that Shanghai’s standout landmark was once swampland around the river! The area was originally settled by the British (‘bund’ means embankment – how it was made habitable) and shortly after became the ‘International Settlement’, and Shanghai’s most prestigious residential address. During the financial boom in the early 1900s, it changed again, and was the centre of Shanghai’s foreign trade and banking.

The beautiful, colonial-style Art Deco buildings that stand along the river once housed the banks and trading houses of a number of European nations, including the UK, as well as Russia, Japan and the USA, plus the Shanghai Club, several consulates and the Masonic Club. Today these majestic pieces of architecture house luxury hotels, restaurants, bars (the rooftop ones have amazing views over the city), and shops as well as financial institutions, including the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai Hotel, Bank of China and Shanghai Gold Exchange. Best viewed from the river, where you can compare the colonial stylings of the Bund to the modernist skyscrapers of Pudong across the water.

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Five Facts About The Bund

The first company opened their offices on the Bund in 1846 - that company was British

There are 52 historical buildings on the Bund in a variety of styles, including Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, Neo-classical, Beaux-Arts and Art Deco

No.20, The Bund was the address of Sassoon House and the Cathay Hotel, built by Victor Sassoon. It was and still is famous for its jazz band, now performing at the Peace Hotel

The former Union Building at No.3, The Bund was Shanghai’s first steel-framed building – the frame was custom made by a German company

The hotel Peninsula Shanghai, opened in 2009, was the first new building to be constructed on the Bund in decades, on land that was once the grounds of the British consulate

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