The Bund

A Museum of World Architecture
The Bund

The Bund, located on the bank of Huangpu River in Huangpu District in downtown Shanghai, namely the Outer Huangpu Bund, was part of the territory leased to Britain from 1844, and is considered the starting point of the old Shanghai leased territory area and the history of modern Shanghai.

A Museum of World Architecture

The 1.5-kilometer-long Bund stretches from East Yan’an Road in the south to the Garden Bridge on the Suzhou River in the north, with Huangpu River to the east and the cluster of old Shanghai financial and foreign trade institutions to the west. Since 1943, the Bund has been named East Zhongshan No.1 Road.

  1. With the emergence of many banks between 1854 and 1941, it became the financial center of Shanghai, and was thus dubbed the "Wall Street in the East";
  2. Home to a number of architectural examples built in different periods and reflecting the different architectural styles of different countries, it has a reputation as a museum of international architecture.
  3. Sightseeing tunnel is the first cross-river tunnel in China which provides a means of transport for tourists in a fully automatic enclosed carriage.
Quick Facts
  • Chinese name: 外滩 Wài Tān
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Best time to visit: All year round
  • How to get there:
    Bus: Take No. 576, 317 or 868 and get off at the Guangdong Road Station on the East Zhongshan No.1 Road.
    Subway: Take Line 2 or 10 and get off at Nanjing East Road Station and walk to get there.

Highlights of the Bund

Tourists can not only feast their eyes on the various styles of architecture, but also enjoy the sight of locals doing their exercises in the morning, and delight in a wonderful nightscape in the evening.

Best Viewing Points

Located on the 30th floor of Bay Mansion on No. 53 of Huangpu Road at the bank of Garden Bridge, the Beach Club is recognized as the best place to enjoy the scenery of the Bund. The Beach Club is a premium restaurant. It mainly serves western food, but also has certain Chinese food dishes on the list. You can also have a cup of coffee or other beverage to take a rest here, while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the Bund, Lujiazui and the Huangpu River.

There are many patios in the Bund where you can enjoy the scenery of the Huangpu River, but most of them are business places where citizens and tourists must pay to get in and enjoy the scenery.

Other recommended patios to enjoy the scenery of the Bund:

1. The highest patio: Pudong Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s
Height: 58 storeys
Opening hours: 17: 30-2: 00
Minimum consumption: RMB 90
Scenery: A broad view reaching as far as Puxi
Address: (Near Lujiazui Ring Road) Shanghai IFC, No.8 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area.

2. Hyatt on the Bund
Height: 32 stories
Opening hours: Working day: 18: 00-24: 00
Weekends: 18: 00 to 1: 00
Minimum consumption: About RMB 60, or RMB 1500 if you want to book the whole outdoor patio (No limitation on the number of diners)
Scenery: 270-degree view of the riversides of the Huangpu River
Address: No. 199 Huangpu Road

3. The Peninsula Shanghai
Height: 13 to 14.5 stories
Opening hours: 18: 00 to 2: 00
Minimum consumption: RMB 60
Scenery: A panoramic view of Pudong
Address: (Near Beijing East Road) No. 32 Zhongshan East Road

4. The Water House at South Bund
Height: 4 stories
Opening hours: 18:00-1:00
Minimum consumption: at least RMB 30
Scenery: The ferry coming and going on the Huangpu River
Address: (Inside the old wharf No. 479 alley, Zhongshan South Road) No. 1-3 Mao Homestead Road, Huangpu District.

Ferry & Sightseeing Tunnel

You can take the ferry at the Pujiang Tourist Wharf on Jinling East Road. The ferry will take you to Dongchang Road Wharf in Pudong. The Sightseeing Tunnel is a cross-river tunnel from East Nanjing Road to the Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong. You can reach the other side of the river by the escalator in the tunnel under Huangpu River.

Scenic Spots Around

As the Bund is close to Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street and People's Square, most tourists will visit the People’s Square first, and walk to the Bund along the Nanjing Road where they can treat themselves to a nice meal at any of the numerous restaurants there.

Scenic spots in Puxi that are close to the Bund are Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street (about 600m), Town God Temple (about 1km), People's Square and Shanghai Museum (about 1.5km). Scenic spots in Pudong that are close to the Bund are Riverside Avenue (about 500m), and the Oriental Pearl (about 900m). Both can be reached through the tourist tunnel of the Bund. There is also Jin Mao Tower (about 1.5km). You can walk to Henan Middle Road, East Nanjing Road and take Line 2 to Lujiazui Station).

By Shirley Li
Web Editor