The Bund is located to the east part of Shanghai on the bank of Pujiang River in Pudong District. It is regarded as the symbol of Shanghai with its magnificent landmarks. It is actually a waterfront area of Pu Xi District that faces the newer part of Shanghai – Pu Dong District, with the Huangpu River as division line. Here in the Bund, you can see the essence of Shanghai, the prosperous, historical and elegant Shanghai. So, every tourist to Shanghai will pay a visit to the Bund to feel the old and the new Shanghai.
But before been opened as a port, Shanghai used to be pieces of barren sand shallows. Along the sand shallows are the narrow roads for boat trackers. To the east side of the shallows were farmer lands where several huts dotted here and there. In the year 1843, the UK circled a piece of shallow as its docking area. From that time on, the bound was gradually occupied and explored by foreign countries. The companies, banks, and factories were established one after one and the multi-floor buildings were also built yearly. Because many western countries have their investments in the bound, the buildings by those countries are also in different styles. Even today, visitors can still feel the prosperity of the old Shanghai, when looking at those old buildings in the bund. That’s why the bound is called the expo of the world’s architectures. To the west of the Bund, there are group of magnificent buildings standing in various styles, Gothic, Baroque, Rome, Renaissance, Classic and the combination of Eastern and Western style. Although these buildings were completed at different time and are in different styles, the main elements of these buildings are fairly unified and the overall outline is well coordinated.
The 105km longs Bund bears many famous tourist attractions. The the northernmost part lies Huapu Park where towers Shanghai Monument to People’s Heroes. Beneath the Monument is the Bund History Memorial Museum. Next to Huangpu park is the famous Baidu Bridge where Pujiang Rivers meets Suzhou River. In the middle part of the Bund there are Chenyi (One of the founding fathers of new China) Square, Valentine’s Wall, Waterfall Watch and the exist of Sightseeing Corridor which connects the West Bund and the East Bund together. To the southernmost is the time standard Shiliupu Port. Besides, the various city sculptures are also a highlight of the Bund.