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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People's Square
This spectacular space in the heart of the city is a hub of activity.
Shanghai Museum
The museum has over 120,000 pieces of ancient chinese art and is arranged in line with Feng Shui principles,
Old Town Shanghai
Situated inside Shanghai's ancient walled city, it is at least 1000 years old and bursting with history.
Old City God Temple
Built to protect the people, the gods here are regarded as patron saints in Taoism.
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.

Related Tours

Private Full Day Tour of Shanghai
Known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Shanghai is steeped in culture, history and glamour in equal measure. Get to the heart of this fascinating city in our best of Shanghai full day tour.

  • Commence your tour at the iconic Jade Buddha Temple 
  • Take in your tranquil surroundings by People's Square 
  • Venture through Shanghai Old Town, and get lost in Yuyuan Garden 
  • Visit the revered Old City of God Temple 
  • 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
Temple, Museum and The Square

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 base of the Shanghai Buddhist Institute. Continue on to People’s Square. This beautiful green spacer is a hub of daily activity, and you will be surrounded by other well-known attractions, such as the great Shanghai Museum. 

Old Shanghai

Your adventure moves on 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.

Shanghai Today

Move on from the traditional and learn more about Shanghai’s present as you head down to the exciting Tianzifang - the ‘Soho of Shanghai’. Then walk along 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. 
Private Half-Day Tour of Shanghai
 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. 
  • Enjoy the quietude of the iconic Jade Buddha Temple built in 1882.
  • Yield to the buzz of the city in leafy People's Square
  • Relish 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 waterfront promenade
Beginning life as a tiny fishing village, the city now represents China’s 21st showcase of 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 and each presence has left its telltale mark on the architectural and societal character of the city. This  contrasting mix of cultures has paved the way for an 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 you see the enchanting Yuyuan Garden and the city’s historic Bazaar amidst a storied building of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. The 15th century 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, cafés, restaurants and chichi boutiques boast prized views of the Lujiazui skyline.
Private Morning Food Tour of Shanghai
Enjoy a gastronomical experience around the Bund, and be immersed in both colonial and modern Shanghai. Explore fresh food markets and enjoy up to 8 authentic food samples. 

  • Commence on your walking tour at the picturesque Bund 
  • Explore food markets and socialise with local people 
  • Try authentic Shanghai breakfast (8 food samples) 

Escape the bustle of Shanghai and find serenity along the Bund. Your tour commences at 8am, so you will watch the world come alive and hear the morning birds sing. Enjoy glorious views of the Bund and Lujiazui financial centre, before going on a walking tour through Shanghai's food markets. Sample some of the finest breakfast cuisine- from steam dumplings to egg pancakes to spicy noodle soup. 

Once you are full and fuelled from a gorgeous breakfast, you can quiz your guide on everything you are dying to know. What is the meaning of Four Heavenly Kings to Shanghai people? How do you eat the most famous dumpling from Shanghai? Your guide will awaken your senses and display a lively picture of Shanghai for you. 


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