The Bund, Shanghai

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We stayed here for a few nights in Shanghai, and it did exactly what we wanted it too. The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and had all the amenities you would need. Because you can’t drink the tap water in Shanghai, they provided two bottles of water every day without fail, which although is not enough to survive on the whole day.

This hotel is very close to People’s Square, Dashijie metro station and Museum, so it’s a great location. The hotel is a heritage building, the former YMCA, and the reception area is beautiful.

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We went to the Bund by metro subway from our hotel. It was accessible since our hotel is near a Dashijie metro station. We got out at Nanjing Road and walk few minutes going to the Bund. The view is amazing, it is like you are not in China. The architectures are great from the French era. They said that it is also great to visit this at night since the buildings will light up.

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The Peace Hotel is an legendary iconic landmark in Shanghai. The location of the Peace hotel where the Bund meets Nanjing Road is unequaled.

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The Bund is a fantastic place to visit with old Shanghai on one side of the Huangpu river and new Shanghai on the opposite side. Take a nice long walk and take in the history of these historic building along a lovely river. 

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The best time to see the Bund is in the evening around 5.30 pm. That way you are able to see beautiful sunsets and the buildings light up at night in an impressive display of colors.

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On the river side is the wide, elevated promenade from which to view the new and ever-growing Shanghai skyline featuring the Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower and numerous other unique buildings. It’s probably the best photography spot in Shanghai. The promenade also features landscaped designs on its sides. It is busy. Every tourist visiting the city comes here. But, the promenade is very wide and can accommodate lots of people.

Light Opening: 17:00 – 22:00 during summer, 17:00-21:00 during winter

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How to Get There

By Subway

  • Take Subway Line 2 or Line 10 to East Nanjing Road Station (南京东路站). Then, walk east along Nanjing East Road for 600 meters to the Bund.

By Bus

  • Take Bus 147, 305, 307, 330, 33, 37, 55, 65, 921 and get off at East Zhongshan 1st Road / East Nanjing Road;
  • Take 123, 135, 145, 576, 934 and get off at East Zhongshan 1st Road / Hankou Road (汉口路);
  • Take Bus 42, 71, 311, 316, 320 and get off at East Yan’an Road / East Zhongshan 1st Road
  • Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 1 and get off at the Bund; and more buses can reach the Bund.

By Ferry

  • There are scheduled ferryboats between East Jinling Road Ferry Dock / The Bund in Puxi and Dongchang Road Ferry Dock in Pudong.
  • The ferry ticket costs CNY 2. Walk toward Huangpu River from East Nanjing Road and turn right to walk down along the Bund, East Jinling Road Ferry Dock can be seen soon.
  • Dongchang Road Ferry Dock is about 10-15 minutes’ walk south of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

Sightseeing Channel

  • Bund Sightseeing Channel is 646.7 meters, running under Huangpu River connecting the Bund and Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Lujiazui Area of Pudong District. It only takes 2.5-5 minutes to travel through the tunnel and allows 360 degrees view.

Opening Hours

  • 08:00-22:30 during Summer; 08:00-22:00 during winter;

Tickets

  • 50 Yuan / person per way; 70 Yuan for a round trip.

Photography Tips

  • The Promenade and Monument to the People’s Heroes are the best spots to shoot the amazing skyline of Pudong Area. If you want to shoot sunrise over Pudong, you should get up early, come and wait. If you want to catch the amazing night view, you’d better come before 17:00 and find a good location for photography.
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