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The Bund

Join the fashionable crowds as they wander along this world-famous riverside boulevard, where the opulent buildings tell of Shanghai’s international trading history.

As you stroll along The Bund, a 1.5 kilometre long promenade along the west bank of the Huangpu River, you’ll discover the rich international influences that have shaped Shanghai’s modern history. In the late 19th century, what was once a narrow towpath along the water’s edge became the political, commercial and financial hub of this port city. Thanks to a recent restoration programme, it has become a top attraction for locals and visitors alike.

The historical buildings lining The Bund are unmistakably influenced by the European and North American trading companies that established themselves here at the turn of the 20th century. You’ll find ornate examples of Beaux-Arts and Baroque architecture, as well as many Art Deco structures. It is easy to understand why this area has earned the nickname “Museum of International Architecture”.

Walking tours are a popular way to discover the fascinating history of this area, and are a way of making sure you don’t miss any of the wonderful hidden treasures. Head to the lavish Fairmont Peace Hotel (Sassoon Building) to admire the vast 1,600 square-metre octagonal glass ceiling, and learn about the famous names that have stayed here, including Charlie Chaplin and George Bernard Shaw. Stop by at the hotel’s Jazz Bar for a taste of the roaring 1920s.

Other highlights include the mid-19th century Baroque-style Astor House Hotel, the first western hotel in China. Admire the opulent interior, full of original period features. The former Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation building is also a must-see. Dating back to 1923, it is earned the reputation as the most luxurious building between the Suez Canal and the Bering Strait. Look up at the ceiling of the entrance hall to view the magnificent mosaics.

For a different perspective on the area, and to fully admire the contrast between the classical architecture of The Bund, and the modern skyscrapers of Pudong on the opposite bank, book a seat on one of the many river cruises.

An evening visit to The Bund is also well worth the effort, with carefully-designed lighting enhancing the buildings and playing off the surface of the water.

The closest subway station is East Nanjing Road. You can also travel from Pudong via ferry, or on foot through the pedestrian tunnel under the river.


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Hyatt On The Bund NZ$238
Hyatt On The Bund

Hyatt On The Bund

199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Old Street are also within 2 miles (3 km). Tiantong Road Station is 15 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 17 minutes.

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai NZ$303
    Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is steps away from IFC Mall and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower are also within 10 minutes. Lujiazui Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dongchang Road Station is 9 minutes.

      W Shanghai - The Bund NZ$499
      W Shanghai - The Bund

      W Shanghai - The Bund

      66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from The Bund, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oriental Pearl Tower and IFC Mall. People's Square and Former French Concession are also within 3 mi (5 km). Yangshupu Road Station is 24 minutes by foot and Dalian Road Station is 27 minutes.

        The Shanghai EDITION NZ$557
        The Shanghai EDITION

        The Shanghai EDITION

        199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, Yu Garden and People's Square. Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is only a 3-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 14 minutes.

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong NZ$504
          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

          The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

          Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Oriental Pearl Tower. Lujiazui Jingting and IFC Mall are also within 15 minutes. Lujiazui Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dongchang Road Station is 20 minutes.

            Hidden Residence - Fuyu
            Hidden Residence - Fuyu

            Hidden Residence - Fuyu

            Unit 203, No.81 Dianchi Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shanghai Museum of Pen and Ink, Nanjing Road Shopping District and Yu Garden. People's Square and Shanghai Old Street are also within 2 miles (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is only a 3-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 16 minutes.

              Hidden Residence- No.1 on the Bund
              Hidden Residence- No.1 on the Bund

              Hidden Residence- No.1 on the Bund

              No.81 Dianchi Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shanghai Museum of Pen and Ink, Nanjing Road Shopping District and Yu Garden. People's Square and Shanghai Old Street are also within 2 miles (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is only a 3-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 16 minutes.

                Hidden Residence- No.2 on the Bund
                Hidden Residence- No.2 on the Bund

                Hidden Residence- No.2 on the Bund

                No.81 Dianchi Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shanghai Museum of Pen and Ink, Nanjing Road Shopping District and Yu Garden. People's Square and Shanghai Old Street are also within 2 miles (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is only a 3-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 16 minutes.