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Visiting The Bund in Shanghai
Views from The Bund
Visit The Bund
This side of the Huangpu River in Shanghai is an old historic part of the city - and is a popular place for locals and tourists alike to visit. It is always crowded. Old historic buildings line the road on the city side of the River, and now it is a great place to stand and look at the amazing developments on the Pudong side of the River.
The Bund housed many of the banks and other financial companies that were doing business in China back over a hundred years ago, and many are restored or used for other purposes now.
In 2008 major redevelopment was started and on recently The Bund was officially re opened.
On weekends and holidays there are a sea of people on the walkways with everyone wanting a photo to show that they have visited this fascinating place. At night the neon lights make a stunning picture and boats with huge screens ply the river hoping that the many thousands on the river banks can see their messages.
At the end of Nanjing Road, is the Peace Hotel. It has recently reopened after refurbishment and you can read it's history and see some photos here.
One does need a few hours (or days preferably) to wander around and take in all the stories and see the buildings and alleyways in this place.
Best time to go is on weekdays - otherwise you will find it very crowded.
Read more of its history here.