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The Bund

the-bund The Bund is a section of riverfront along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, which, until the early 1800s, was undeveloped. The British set up their consulate and other buildings there after the Opium War.

In the early 1900s, the Bund sprouted up with buildings designed by architects from Britain, France, China, America, Russia, Japan, and others, including Jews from various countries. The Bund is a record of architecture of the times from around the world, and many of its buildings were the best, in Asia, for their time.

the-bund01The Bund is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. "Bund" derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was in the beginning when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. It has been the epitome of elegance throughout its 100-year history. Now, many attractions and new constructions have been erected in addition. Atop a 771-metre long retaining wall is a spacious walkway for sightseeing, paved with colorful tiles and dotted with flowerbeds and European-style garden lights. It is a good place for a leisurely stroll and a view of the Huangpu River.

The commemorative square at the crossroad on Nanjing Road (E) features a clear fountain and the statue of Chen Yi, the first mayor of Shanghai in new China. Opposite the Custom Building is an electronic clock that shows standard times in various world localities on a water-like curtain. All around are Chinese wisterias, gingko trees and azaleas. Buildings in Greek, Renaissance and Baroque styles can be viewed in the western part of the Bund.
The boat ride on the River will take the visitors down to the estuary of the Yangtze River in 3.15 hours.

The Bund, or the waterfront, is surrounded by over 20 structures from No.1 to No.33, west of No.1 East Zhong Shan Road. Many of them are bank buildings. The others are commercial buildings, national organizations, restaurants, clubs, press etc. The Bund represents the architectural buildings of finance and trade. These big banks, as well as big companies, are of international feature, thus Shanghai was internationalized. Most of the structures were built before the 1930s.

People have made the best advantage of the fine architecture as a contribution for Shanghai showing herself in the international society. The Bund has turned into the centre of international finance as well as a touristresort.