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The Bund (外滩; Wàitān) is Shanghai's stately street of old colonial-era buildings and the first port of call for many visitors. Shanghai's Old Town (南市 Nanshi) is located next to the southern part of the Bund.

Understand[edit]

Located on the west bank of the Huangpu River, there are excellent views of Pudong's skyscrapers from the perennially packed promenade of the Bund. Nanjing Road, the main shopping street, heads west from the Bund's centerpoint at Peace Hotel.

Get in[edit]

There are no Metro stations on the Bund. However, East Nanjing Road station on Line 2 is only a 5-10 minute walk west of the Bund and many bus lines including #20 (from Zhongshan Park, following W. Nanjing Road to People's Sq., then Jiujiang Road to the Bund) and #37 will get you here. There is also a ferry terminal at the southern end of the Bund (well-signposted) with one ferry every ten minutes to and from Pudong (Dongcheng Road).

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Bund. The Bund alongside Huangpu River once was the financial center of the Far East. It is considered the city's symbol since the 1920s. It is often referred to as "the museum of buildings", as many different styles of European buildings can be found here. Now it is even more attractive as you can also see modern skyscrapers just opposite the Huangpu River. That gives you a strong contrast between modern life and the past. Beware friendly "tourists" from China or "friendly" locals that approach or ask for photos, then invite you to join them for a drink or tea. It is likely a scam where they leave you with a huge bill. A polite decline of the invitation is fine.  edit
  • Customs House. Featuring a highly visible clocktower nicknamed "Big Ching". An eight storey building on the Bund. Built in 1927, it is seen as one of the symbols of the Bund.  edit
  • HSBC Building. The grandest building on the Bund is now home to the Pudong Development Bank.  edit
  • Huangpu Park (黄浦公园; Huángpǔ Gōngyuán). At the northern tip of the Bund, was the legendary home of the "No dogs or Chinese" sign — which in fact never existed, although Chinese not accompanied by foreigners were indeed banned until 1928. The Bund Historical Museum located here is also worth a quick visit.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Huangpu River cruise. The three hour trips leave at 2PM. At the Bund's southern ferry port with the following: One hour, two hour and three hour cruises on the Huangpu. There is a large number of ticket offices and the prices differ slightly. Prices have increased to reflect the 2010 Expo, a cruise now runs approximately 55¥ 1 hr around ¥25.  edit
  • Huangpu River ferry. For those on a budget or short on time, you can take the ferry across to Pudong. This takes about 15 min and costs ¥2.  edit
  • Bund Tourist Tunnel. A slow-moving tram, through a comically low-tech tunnel of antiquated 80's era rope lights, lasers and car dealership ilk inflatables. Something that would bore even the most provincial child today. It is marketed as a Sightseeing Tunnel, but at ¥40 it should be made clear there is no information, history or value-added to the trip. Not recommended for those sensitive to strobe lights or mediocrity. ¥40.  edit

Do Not[edit]

Lose your money to scammers. Scammers and prostitutes work the Bund and Nanjing Rd area. Westerners beware and before going search the Internet for Shanghai Bund "Tea ceremony"; "Art Gallery"; "Two girls buy coffee" a lot of people have lost money. Do not let your guard down in this area of Shanghai. It is truly a beautiful place at night but one must be careful. url="http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/wendyworld/2/1260510480/tpod.html"


Buy[edit][add listing]

The area around the Bund, while touristy, is not traditionally a shopping area like nearby Nanjing Road. This has changed a bit in the early 2000's with the successive restoration and opening of No.3 and No.18 on the Bund. Each houses top-of-the-line couture houses, spas, expensive bars & restaurants and art spaces. They have become something of a destination in and by themselves, especially with the newly rich jetset. Dress well or expect curt service.

  • 3 on the Bund, [1]. Houses the nation's flagship Armani store as well as several critically-acclaimed restaurants.  edit
  • Suzhou Cobblers (上海市黄浦区福州路17), 17 Fuzhou Lu (near Zhongshan E Rd), +86 21 63217087, [2]. 10AM-6:30PM. Beautiful hand-embroidered, Chinese-style silk shoes, slippers, handbags and accessories. A rare combination of historic and modern Shanghai styles. ¥250+. (31.237261,121.48555) edit
  • The Bund Tea Company, No.100, Dianchi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai., +86-21-6329-0989, [3]. 9:00-20:00. The Bund Tea Company was established at the original place of the black tea exporter, Gibb, the Livingston & Company, in 2009. The historic building had been used for a long time as a warehouse by a state-owned instrument factory after 1949. It took about 10 months to renovate this decrepit building and to turn it into today's tea salon and tea shop. During the 2010 Shanghai Expo, there are countless guesses visiting shanghai city and our tea salon & tea shop.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kebabs on the Grille, +86 15921803307, [4]. 11:30AM-10:30PM. Indian cuisine with a new concept of grille on the table. ¥100.  edit
  • M on the Bund, 5 The Bund, +86 21-63509988, [5]. M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, 6PM-10:30PM daily, Sa Su brunch 11:30AM-3PM, Su tea 3:30PM-5:30PM. Open for over a decade, Shanghai's original "new" western restaurant. Attention to detail is given to freshness, quality and presentation. There is an excellent selection of wines to complement your meal and the desserts are extremely tempting. Miele considers it one of the best restaurants in Asia. Also has magnificent views of Pudong from the 7th floor on the waterfront. Mains ¥180-300.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bar Rouge, +86 21-63391199 (), [6]. A magnificent dance club and bar with a terrace on the 7th floor, overlooking the Huangpu River. If you order their signature drink (Bar Rouge), they set the bar alight.  edit
  • Horizen Lounge, 上海市金陵东路一号22楼 (近中山东二路), +8618221602008, [7]. This is the laid back lounge a nice high rise view of shanghai. the crowd consists of Asian American Expats and Taiwanese. Most people speak English here. The lounging spot for working professionals. CLOSED 45 beer.  edit
  • Captain's Bar, 37 Fuzhou Lu, near Sichuan Zhong Lu 福州路37号, 近四川中路. According to SmartShanghai: And if you're looking for that Bund view and you don't feel up for spending you life savings to get it, head to Captain's Bar, the bar at the roof of Captain's Hostel. It's a more low-key but welcoming atmosphere, and a couple of pints won't break the bank. Popular with backpackers and visitors to Shanghai, Captain's caters to a younger, less pretentious crowd -- a rarity in the district.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Captain Hostel, 37 Fuzhou Rd, +86 21-63235053 (+86 21-53500353, , fax: +86 21-63219940), [8]. Average rooms (which have seen better days), cheap dorms, unbeatable location. Rooms are not clean, some smoky. There is a fantastic rooftop bar directly facing the Bund and the river. You should be aware that while the Bund is swarming with tourists by day, affordable nightlife is sorely lacking in the surrounding area. A taxi ride to the more happening French Concession area is about ¥20. Dorms ¥70, twins/doubles ¥400.  edit
  • Hiker Youth Hostel Shanghai, 450 Middle Jiangxi Rd 上海市黄浦区江西中路450号, +86 21-63298099‎. Another supurbly located hostel only moments from the Bund. Excellent beds, friendly staff (several with good English skills). Relaxed atmosphere, bar with free pool and DVDs. Three free internet terminals. Hot water is turned off noon-7PM. This hostel will also arrange train/aeroplane tickets. Airport pickup is possible. ¥50.  edit
  • Hongkong Hotel, 31 Hongkong Jie, +86 21-63390183 (+86 21-63390186). If all the youth hostels are fully booked, which happens frequently, this is the next cheapest option on the Bund. Singles from ¥130.  edit
  • The Topsun on The Bund, 36 Huimin Rd, +86 21-65456999, [9]. Four-star hotel, situated north of the bustling business area where many of Shanghai’s largest financial establishments, businesses, and foreign consulates can be found. It is almost an hour away from Pudong International Airport and about 35 min from Hongqiao Airport. ¥267.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Magnificent International Hotel, 381 Xizang S Rd, [10]. The hotel offers 182 rooms, of which 13 are suites, this hotel has of one of the best locations in the Huangpu District. It's a 15-min walk from the Huang Pi Road Subway Station, and is within proximity of business and conference venues, shopping districts, and cultural attractions such as The Bund and the Yuyuan Garden. From ¥300.  edit
  • Metropole Hotel Jin Jiang, 180 Jiang Xi Rd (Middle) 上海市黄浦区江西中路180号, [11]. This hotel offers 137 rooms and has facilities such as a Chinese restaurant, a lobby bar, and number of conference and meeting facilities. Centrally located, just 0.5 km. away from The Bund, and easily accessible from Shanghai International Convention Center. Also within Shanghai's shopping area, the Huangpu District.  edit
  • Shanghai Yinbo Hotel (上海金波大酒店), 135 Tiantong Rd 上海市虹口区天潼路135号, +86 21-63256999 (fax: +86 21-63257555). Typical nondescript mid range hotel located across the bridge on the north side of the Bund. Singles ¥338.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Astor House Hotel, 15 Huangpu Rd, +86 21-63246388 (), [12]. A classy option, formerly known as Pujiang Fandian, placed right next to the Bund in a building full of history. Established in 1846, it was the first Parliament of China, had the first electric light in China and once housed Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin. The hotel has a wide range of prices, including a Youth Hostel in its 5th floor. In-room internet is ¥60 per day. Some 5th floor rooms have views and most have wood floors and 12' celling. ¥1,280-4,800.  edit
  • Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Rd (on the banks of the Huangpu River), + 86 21-63931234. 5 star hotel opened in 2007 as part of the Grand Hyatt brand. Equipped with state of the art business and meeting facilities including 2 ballrooms and a glasshouse for special events.  edit
  • Peace Hotel (和平飯店; Hépíng Fàndiàn), Nanjing E Rd, +86 21-63216888, [13]. Shanghai's grand old hotel, in 1930s Art Deco style and ideally located on the Bund. Perhaps somewhat overpriced given the lacklustre facilities and the spotty service. It has, however, a great cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, as well as some jazz music played by the famous "Old Men's Jazz Band" made up of old musicians who played in the same hotel in the 1930s. In 2007, the hotel closed for a 3 year renovation and the North Building reopened in 2010 as the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai. The hotel offers 269 deluxe guestrooms and suites with a selection of eight restaurants and lounges. A low-rise extension has been added to the rear of the hotel, housing guestrooms as well as a sky-lit swimming pool and spa. The renovation also preserved many elements of its historical 1920's and 1930's past. discounts available.  edit




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