The Bund

As the city's stand out landmark, this remarkable waterfront is perfect for strolling and people-watching.

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With this view, the best time to visit is sunset. Enjoy the view with a cocktail on the roof terrace of M on the Bund

The Bund is the famous waterfront area in central Shanghai. It runs along the western bank of the blue-grey Huangpu River, looking out over the glass and steel skyscrapers of the Pudong District. For hundreds of years this area has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai; more recently the 1,700 metre flood wall has been dubbed “the lovers’ wall.”

Museum of International Architecture

The Bund itself is an architectural marvel, with no fewer than 52 styles on show. This great eclecticism is a result of its history: it was initially a British settlement, and later became a major financial centre of east Asia, home to the trading houses (and wealthy merchants) of dozens of countries. Later on, the headquarters of the big national banks of the Republic of China era could be found here. The Bund contains wonderful examples of the Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque Revival styles, not to mention Beaux-Arts and Art Deco.

State Statues

Many of Shanghai’s famous sculptures are dotted along the Bund. At the northern end you can find Huangpu Park, in which stands the Monument to the People’s Heroes, an elegant, abstract stone monument dedicated to those who died in the Opium Wars. To the south you can find the Ever Victorious Army Monument that commemorates those who died in the battle against the Taiping Army between 1862-1864. Similarly, there is a commemorative WWI monument. These proud statues have helped the Chinese government accept the international and faintly colonial flavour of the place as one of Shanghai’s treasures.

Nearby Attractions

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Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar
Visit the garden then get lost in the bustling bazaar where vendors sell their wares in hidden lanes.
Anren Street
Stroll through the few remaining laneway houses and see traditional community living that is fast disappearing.
Egg Pancake
Experience the joy of tasting Jianbing (egg pancake), one of China's best-kept culinary secrets.
Scallion Pancake
A cong you bing, also known as a scallion pancake, is a Chinese, savoury, unleavened flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions.
Wonton Soup
Taste these dumplings soaked in soup - bursting with tasty surprises such as pork and prawn, or shrimp filling.
Spicy Ramen
Test the strength of your tastebuds when it comes to sampling spicy flavoured noodled soup.

Related Tours

Highlights of Shanghai: Private full day tour including Tickets & Transport
Experience all the major highlights of Shanghai on this all-inclusive, full-day private tour. On your private full-day tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide.
  • Commence your tour at the iconic Jade Buddha Temple, with entrance tickets included
  • Take in the tranquil surroundings by People's Square
  • Venture through the atmospheric Shanghai Old Town.
  • Visit the beautiful Yuyuan Garden (tickets included).
  • Enter the revered Old City of God Temple (tickets included).
  • Learn about Shanghai in the 21st century, at Tianzifang.
  • Walk along the picturesque Bund.
  • Enjoy a ferry ride across the Huangpu River to the futuristic Pudong on the east.
  • End at the iconic Television Tower.
Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient, Shanghai is steeped in culture, history, and glamour in equal measure. Throughout the day, you’ll see the architectural marvels of the city, and learn all about its cultural heritage, its history, its religion, and its contemporary daily life. 

Your day begins at the famous Jade Buddha Temple, home to a priceless collection of jade statues. The temple is designed in the breathtaking architectural style of the Song Dynasty and is the headquarters of the Shanghai Buddhist Institute. Your guide will then continue on to People’s Square. This beautiful green space is a hub of activity and is surrounded by monuments and museums. 

Next, your private guide will take you to Shanghai Old Town and the enchanting Yuyuan Garden. You will see the old-style buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasty and have the chance to stop and try delicious local delicacies recommended by your guide. You will also visit the revered Old City of God Temple and learn about its statues in Taoism.

Move on from the traditional and learn more about Shanghai’s present as you head down to the exciting Tianzifang - the ‘Soho of Shanghai’. Walk along with the most famous landmark, the Bund. From this beautiful waterfront, enjoy a perfect end to your day as you take a ferry ride across the Huangpu River to the futuristic Pudong on the east shore. There your guide will orient you around the area and take you to the distinctive Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower, where the tour ends, allowing you to enjoy free time in the Pudong area, with the glorious views over the river towards the Bund. 
Highlights of Shanghai: Half-Day Private Tour with Tickets
As China's largest and most affluent city Shanghai is rarely static, a city of mind-blowing proportions and an ever-changing urban footprint. Sky-bound superstructures, gleaming designer malls and sweeping, futuristic bridges characterise this modern megalopolis yet Shanghai - meaning City of The Sea - has a history that spans over a thousand years. On your private guided tour of Shanghai, you will: 

  • Enjoy the old, the new, and everything spanning in between with the personalised attention of your private guide
  • Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets (included) to the peaceful Jade Buddha Temple, idyllic Yuyuan Garden and the important Old City of God Temple. Your guide will also have public transport tickets for you
  • Experience the contrasting quietude of the iconic Jade Buddha Temple built in 1882, and the vibrant buzz of the city in leafy People's Square.
  • Admire Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture and the hallowed Old City of God Temple. 
  • Stroll historic Shanghai Old Town to Yuyuan Garden and the bustling Bazaar
  • Soak up views across the Huangpu River at the Bund, a stunning 1.5km waterfront promenade.
Beginning life as a tiny fishing village, the city now showcases China’s 21st Century dynamism in art and design. Upscale apartments, glitzy bars and restaurants overshadow Shanghai’s humble origins. Yet the city owes much to the Yangzi River delta where China's main waterway completes its 5,500-km journey to the Pacific - the trade route on which Shanghai blended East-meets-West culture was born. 

Parts of Shanghai were once independently ruled by British, French, and American colonists, which has left its telltale mark on the architectural and societal character of the city. This contrasting mix of cultures has paved the way for openness to Western influences found in modern Shanghai. See the ancient and the modern, beginning with the Jade Buddha Temple, a beautiful Song Dynasty-era building flanked by statues. Denoting the geographical heart of the city, leafy People’s Square forms a lively daily hub in the thick of it. In Old Shanghai, see the enchanting Yuyuan Garden and the city’s historic Bazaar amidst a storied building of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. In the 15th century, the Old City of God Temple is a grand place of Taoist worship while the Bund, a mesmerizing 1.5 km esplanade along the Huangpu River—is lined with cafés, restaurants and chi-chi boutiques— boasts prized views of the Lujiazui skyline. Enjoy all of this and more on this fabulous all-inclusive half-day private tour. 
Private Morning Food Tour of Shanghai
Enjoy a gastronomic breakfast of traditional Shanghai food on this vibrant morning walking and tasting tour of Shanghai’s food stalls and markets. On your private tour you will:

  • Have the personal attention of your private guide as you navigate the morning food stalls and markets of Shanghai.
  • Sampling a variety of traditional and authentic breakfast foods, you’ll also socialise with the locals, and learn more about the people of the city from their food!
  • Begin your tour at the scenic Bund, a stunning 1.5 km esplanade along the Huangpu River—lined with cafés, restaurants and chi-chi boutiques— with lovely views of the Lujiazui skyline.
  • Sample around 8 different Shanghai breakfasts! Including deep-fried wonton dumplings, egg pancakes, wonton soup, scallion pancakes, spicy ramen and more. 
  • Quiz your guide on where to find the best local cuisine!
  • End your tour replete, full and happy, ready to explore more of this amazing megalopolis! 
As China's largest city Shanghai is a vibrant and colourful city of vast proportions, with its super-sky scrapers, futuristic bridges, giant malls, and not to mention millions of people all busily going about their daily lives. It can feel overwhelming for the first-time visitor – and yet this fabulous morning food tour gives you the City of the Sea in bite-size chunks (pun intended!) The history of the city and its people spans a thousand years – and there is no better way to get to know a place more intimately than through its local cuisine. On this tour, you’ll taste your way through a traditional Shanghai breakfast – including dumplings, pancakes and spicy noodle soups, all while enjoying the morning bird song, the bustle of the food markets and stalls opening up, the mouth-watering food, the scenic views across the water, the friendly chat and help from the locals, as well as the passionate and expert commentary from your private guide. 


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