The Bund or Waitan, literally means Outer Beach, is a waterfront boulevard bordering Huangpu River, in central Shanghai. Atypical walk of Shanghai, the Bund testifies of its colonial past displaying a mixture of European architectures contrasting modernity with the high buildings of glass.
The Bund, the incontestable symbol of Shanghai, offers a grand view of the new Pudong Financial District.
The Bund is an Anglo-Indian term meaning “quay on muddy shore” due to the collapse of the shore that caused large mudslides in 1920. Formerly located on the direct flank of the Huangpu River, The Bund is now separated from the river by an embankment of 770 meters long.
It was after the Opium Wars and the opening of the ports to the West that the Bund became an emblematic place of exchange for foreigners. The boats arrived there and people sold or bought the goods on the Bund.
Central place for the economic and financial development of Shanghai, the Bund was considered as the stock market of the city. The main banks and international companies were built there. They still enthrone on the avenue with their architecture ranging from Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque or neo-classical style to Renaissance style.
Panorama of the Bund
At dusk, the Bund is particularly attractive; it invites you to stroll all the while contemplating the contrast of colonial and modern buildings of Pudong on the opposite bank.
During your walk in the district of the Bund, you will see all the sculptures of epochs representing the light, the sail and the wind. A short stop at Chen Yi Square will allow you to take photo of the statue of Chen Yi, Shanghai’s first communist mayor, before heading to the unique tunnel under the river.
In the morning, before the awakening of the city, the ride on the Bund is very pleasant. You can enjoy the calm of the morning. You will also meet Chinese people do Tai Chi, dance or other sports. This is one of the best times to take photo.
The best locations for taking a panoramic view of the Bund are the promenade, Waibaidu Bridge, the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Huangpu Park and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. There, you can take some really beautiful photos.
At the photography point of the Bund scenic area, there is an eco-friendly mobile charging system with solar photovoltaic power generation. It can provide the mobile phone emergency charging service for visitors.
The Bund is the promenade of excellence. It will allow you to understand the history of the city. It gives you a glimpse of the importance of the economic and tourist development of the city.
The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
The tourist tunnel connects the Bund to Puxi from the Oriental Pearl Tower of Pudong District. The tunnel crosses the river on 646.7 meters long.
An express train crosses the tunnel, with colorful radiating lights around, in less than 5 minutes. The ticket fee is 50 RMB for single trip and 70 RMB for the round-trip.
Opening Hours of the Tunnel:
May to October: 8:00 to 22:30
November to April: 8:00 to 22:00
Best Time to Visit the Bund
The best time for visiting the Bund is around 8:00 pm in early spring and early summer when the lights are on and there is cool riverside breeze.
How to get there?
Take line 2 or line 10 to Nanjing East Station. Take the exit towards Huangpu River.
You can take the tourist bus nᵒ1 and go straight down to the Bund. In other cases, many local buses can take you to the Bund:
- Take bus line 33, 37, 55, 65, 147, 305, 307, 317, 330 or 921 and get off at the stop “Zhongshan First Street East / Nanjing East Street” stop.
- Take bus line 123, 135, 145, 57 or 934 and get off at the stop “Zhongshan First Street East / Hankou Street” stop.
- Take bus line 576 or 868 and get off at “Zhongshan First Street East / Guangdong Street” stop.
- Take bus line 220 or 939 and get off at the “Sichuan Street Center / Hong Kong Street” stop.
- Take bus line 42, 71, 311, 316 or 320 and get off at “Yan’an East Road / Zhongshan First Street East” stop.
- Take bus line 20 and get off at “Jiujiang Street / Zhongshan First Street East” stop.
- Take Line 9 Tunnel Bus 26 or 926 and get off at “Jinling Street East / Second Zhongshan Street East” stop.
Ferry boats cross the river and merge the shuttle from Dongchang Road Pier in Pudong District to East Jinling Bund Road.
The ferry ticket costs 2 RMB for a single trip that takes around 10 minutes. The ferry from East Jinling Bund Road operates from 7:15 to 22:00; and 7:00 to 22:00 from Dongchang Road.