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One of Best-known Landmark in Shanghai: The Bund (Wai Tan)

The Bund landscape lighting zone is by the Huangpu River in Shanghai downtown. It is a well-known landscape of Shanghai, spanning approximately 1.5 kilometers. In 1989, in response to Shanghai Municipal Committee and Government’s call of “let the night of Shanghai light up”, Huangpu District took the lead in beginning the construction of lighting night scene. Through the application of floodlighting technology, high pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lamps are adopted for 11 buildings of the lighting landscape “Display of International Buildings”. Lamps of different light colors and brightness shine on these buildings from different angles, creating a remarkable contrast between the day and night of the landscape “Display of International Buildings” and forming a new landscape of the Bund architecture. New technologies, light sources and lamps are also applied to the Bund landscape lighting as the requirements of environmental protection become increasingly higher. For example, energy-saved, environment-protected and low-carbon LED light sources are adopted for dozens of buildings at the Bund Origin as well as Peninsula Hotel, Southern Building of Peace Hotel, Mansion of SPD Bank, etc., raising the level of energy saving and emission reduction.

The Bund can be seen as an exhibition of international buildings interspersed with the charm of exotic old Shanghai. It is the first port of interest for most tourists which can be witnessed by the perennially packed promenade of the Bund. Here, the charm of Shanghai as a bustling metropolis combining the century-old history and flourishing future is fully presented, making the Bund Shanghai a must-see attraction. It gives an amazing view of the whole Shanghai city. One can view many other landmarks of Shanghai-like Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower.

Taking a stroll along the avenue, watching the sunset on Waibaidu Bridge and going on a cruise on Huangpu River are among few of the million things that you can do at the Bund. This article is all about the Bund, which will let any tourist understand the place better and make an informative visit. Go through the article completely before you decide to travel to the Bund – one of the most exciting places in Shanghai.

1.History of shanghai bund

The Shanghai Bund was opened as a treaty port in the 1840s after China lost the First Opium War. Before the the 1840s Shanghai was a small seaside town. And the Bund was a muddy towpath for boats along Huangpu River. After that, one by one the western powers like the British and the French seized the Bund and formed the British Concession and French Concession.

Gradually the Bund became a bustling trade center with western powers constructing their firms and buildings, making it a major prosperous foreign trade center. When you visit the Bund, you can see major banks, headquarters, consulates and trading houses from the United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany. Under this, the Bund is aptly called the “Financial Street” of Shanghai.

2.Features of the bund

The Shanghai Bund is a 1.5 km long waterfront along Huangpu River that faces the newer part of Shanghai which is Pu Dong. The Bund lies in the center of Zhongshan road. From the Bund one can see modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui as well. On its west are many buildings in various architectural styles like Gothic, Classical, Baroque, Renaissance and neoclassical. With a total of 52 such buildings, it is rightly referred to as a museum of buildings.

In the morning the Bund is a place for exercise by the locals, and in the afternoon, it is a buzzing tourist spot. The Shanghai Bund can be summed up as a landscape of streets view from the river, the long beach, green belt, and the statuesque buildings. As the evening falls, this place gets lit up by various buildings like the crystal palace. The Bund has a very important cultural significance. You can witness true Chinese culture here and is an exotic place to shop around if you are a shopaholic.

3.Things to do in the bund shanghai

Apart from the pleasurable walk along the Bund promenade, it has a lot of other stuff to offer to the tourists. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting things to do while on the bund Shanghai:

It gives you a feel of the past and its contrast with the present modern life. When the night comes, and the buildings light up, the play of lights on the river sets it ablaze with beauty and mystery and a stunning vista. One can choose from half an hour to a 3 and half hour cruise options.

Watch the Sunset on Waibaidu Bridge – Considered as a romantic place for lovers, Waibaidu Bridge is also a famous spot for shooting many TV series and films. With the setting sun and the golden hue on the bridge, creating a romantic aura, it is a perfect place to capture the moment in your cameras.

Watch locals doing their morning exercise – If you want to know the lifestyle of the locals, go to the Bund in the early hours of the morning as the local’s practice Tai chi, jogging or flying kites.

Spend some time in Huangpu Park – Situated at the northern end of the river, Huangpu Park is a lovely lush green area. It is like a breath of fresh air since greenery is not usually seen in this part of Shanghai. A great place to rest and click some photos.

Stroll along the waterfront promenade – The best way to explore the Bund is to take a walk along the north end to the south end or vice versa. This walk will give you the attractive sight of the 26 colonial-era buildings depicting different western cultures that affected and influenced the Bund.

Experience the Bund sightseeing tunnel – It’s a short and unique experience, of about 3-5 minutes on a speed train through the tunnel. One can see colorful lights all around as the trains speed through.


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