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.
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.
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