The Bund was originally a tow path to pull barges of rice. Wàit`an is the Chinese name for the area. The Bund is the Anglo-Indian name for the embankments built up to discourage flooding of the area. It is comes from the word band
, which means 'embankment' in Hindi. In the early 20th century, this was the international area. From that time is the Russian Consulate building, which is the only consulate to remain in its original location.
We visited this area twice, once during the day and once at night. During our day visit, we walked along the water. Across the street, we could see the old buildings. One of the buildings was even leaning. Along the Huangpu River, we watched the many different boats go by, from tour boats to freighters to cruise ships. Across the Huangpu River, we could see the Pudong, with the Oriental Pearl Tower dominating the skyline.
We came to the area at night to take a cruise on the Huangpu River. On the cruise, we got a great view of Shanghai at night. I found the colorfully lit Oriental Pearl Tower most beautiful. Also, during the cruise, there was a very entertaining karaoke competition on the ship. It was fun to watch and listen to, even though most of the songs were sung in Chinese.