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The Bund

Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.

In the early 19th century, The Bund was merely a narrow, muddy towpath on the banks of Huangpu River. Within a hundred years, European and American investors had created a lavish boulevard that rivaled the great avenues of the West. After decades of post-revolution neglect, this grand street is back in business. Many of its 52 architectural treasures have been lovingly restored and the once traffic-clogged, multilane street has been remodeled into a pedestrian-friendly promenade.

Stroll along the riverside path beside what is known as Lovers’ Wall, and walk between two worlds. On one side admire the colonial grander of The Bund’s gothic, neoclassical, baroque and art deco buildings, while just across the river rise the modern skyscrapers of Pudong.

The Bund is often called the “museum of international architecture” and the best way to delve into its treasures is to take a self-guided or group walking tour. While many of the buildings are occupied by banks and trading houses, others have become the homes of the city’s most exclusive boutiques, hotels, restaurants and clubs. Stop by the Jazz Bar at the Peace Hotel. Luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham once enjoyed the hotel’s art deco opulence. Next door, take tea on the rooftop terrace of the Swatch Art Palace Hotel.  

At sunrise, join Shanghai locals for a jog or tai chi class by the river, then enjoy a steaming dim sum breakfast. Hop on a river cruise for uninterrupted views of The Bund, Pudong, Wai Baidu Bridge and Huangpu Park. Longer cruises also take in the “Three Colored Waters,” the point where the different hued waters of the Yangtze River, Huangpu River and East Sea meet. Don’t miss The Bund after dark, when the buildings and promenade are romantically illuminated.

The nearest subway to The Bund is East Nanjing Road Station. There are also ferry boats and an under-river pedestrian tunnel that connect The Bund with Pudong.


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Lodging Near The Bund

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Fairmont Peace Hotel $220
Fairmont Peace Hotel

Fairmont Peace Hotel

20 Nanjing Road East, Huang Pu District, Shanghai
     
    4.8
    of 5, from 581 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai $165
    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

    33 Fu Cheng Road, Shanghai
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 268 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Super Brand Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Grand Central Hotel Shanghai $131
      Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

      Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

      505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,253 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Three on the Bund, The Bund, and Old Chinese City. Yu Yuan Garden and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 15 minutes.

        Sofitel Shanghai Hyland $104
        Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

        Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

        505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 1,075 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Three on the Bund, The Bund, and Old Chinese City. Yu Yuan Garden and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 10 minutes.

          W Shanghai - The Bund $274
          W Shanghai - The Bund

          W Shanghai - The Bund

          66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 19 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from The Bund and within 3 mi (5 km) of IFC Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower. People's Square and Xintiandi are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Le Royal Meridien Shanghai $120
            Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

            Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

            789 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 988 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              This central Shanghai hotel is on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, within 1.5 kilometers of the Bund.

              Hyatt On The Bund $136
              Hyatt On The Bund

              Hyatt On The Bund

              199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 569 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shanghai International Convention Centre and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park. The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Majesty Plaza Shanghai $95
                Majesty Plaza Shanghai

                Majesty Plaza Shanghai

                700 Jiujiang Road/719 Nanjing Road, Shanghai
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 513 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Shanghai Museum. Yu Yuan Garden and Old Chinese City are also within 15 minutes.