The Bund

 

The Bund is an area in Huangpu District that is situated on the Huangpu River directly across from Lujiazui. The Bund has a long promenade that is 10 meters above ground and offers clear views of the Lujiazui skyline and the river that separates them.

 

The Bund, european-style waterfront along the Huangpu river in ShanghaiOn the other side of the promenade are numerous European-style buildings facing the river. These buildings once housed financial institutions from European countries, the United States, and Japan. Among the European-style buildings are hotels and restaurants. The Fairmont Peace Hotel is an Art-Deco hotel with a restaurant that has great views of the Bund and Lujiazui.

 

Sunset on Waibaidu bridge in ShanghaiTo the north is the Waibaidu Bridge – the first steel truss bridge in China. The bridge has appear in films and literature, and it is a symbol of Shanghai. The promenade and Waibaidu Bridge can be reached by ferry, underground tunnel from Lujiazui, or by a short walk from the East Nanjing Road metro station.

 

The City God Temple in the Old Town of Shanghai at nightFurther south, you can find Yuyuan Garden. The garden is surrounded by stores and restaurants in buildings that feel like an extension of the nearby City God Temple (right). The garden itself was built in 1577 in the Ming Dynasty. A man named Pan Yunduan had the garden created for his father and was the largest garden in Shanghai at one time. The 5-acre space has large ponds, beautiful rock formations, and pavilions in the style of the period. The Garden is located in the Old Town. The Old Town is where the original city of Shanghai was located. It contains many ancient buildings and features that have been renovated and maintained over the years. Yuyuan Garden and Old Town both have a very local atmosphere.

 

The Bund is certainly a great place to visit in Shanghai, but it would also make a nice location for a home of someone looking for a historical area with a local feel.