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June 30, 2009
From journal Shanghai Travel---nightview
London, United Kingdom
October 2, 2006
From journal Sexy Shanghai
by Paul Bacon
Rotherham, United Kingdom
April 7, 2006
From journal Shanghai on Life
The split-personality of the Bund comes through the view it provides. From the elevated riverside you can stare across the river at the ultra-modern skyline of Pudong. The giant purple, pink spheres of the Oriental Pearl cannot help but grab the attention, whilst the far more distinguished Jinmao Tower looms subtly in the background. I may have been intellectualising things a little as I stood on the Bund, but it seemed to me that I was watching Shanghai enjoying something of a manifest destiny or even a modern and technological gold rush. It was as though the city was moving away from its past, which was defined heavily by European Colonial powers and had begun to migrate away from the old world towards a new one on the far bank.
April 5, 2006
November 29, 2005
The Huangpu River is no attraction itself. Yellow muddy waters run through it, thus its name, "huang," meaning yellow. When crossing the South Huangpu Bridge, the river is not exactly a sight to yell about, and the Chinese know it. But the river still flows proudly and peacefully through this great metropolitan and is no doubt the highest-grossing tourist spot in Shanghai.
So what exactly makes the yellow muddy river so popular? Well, it really is the boundless attractions, lights, and action surrounding it. Hordes of tourists and locals can be seen strolling along its never-ending riverbanks, at the famous Shanghai Bund, or waiting in line for a cruise along the serene river during the day, and even more during the night. This is the part of the city that never sleeps.
The Shanghai Bund, the famous symbol of Shanghai, is located on the west shore of the Huangpu River. It is a must-visit place, especially on the west side, known as the museum of international architecture. This side of the bund is lined with buildings of foreign architecture, making the place seem more European than it is Chinese. There is even a clock tower! Other than that, many other tourist attractions, like the Shanghai Museum, monuments, and statues, are also located at the Bund. Walking along the streets, the Bund offers an excellent sight of the other side of Pudong, with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jin Mao Tower clearly in view. Be sure to visit the Bund during the night, as it simply is a sight to remember! Beautiful lights illuminate the colonial buildings, giving the Bund a surreal and romantic atmosphere, perfect for sightseeing, picture-taking, or just a short stroll with a loved one.
The best way to experience the Bund and the modern Pudong is definitely from the river itself. Cruises are available every day, as are the shorter cruises that take tourists along the main waterfront area for approximately 45 minutes. Standing on the deck, the cool river breeze and the dazzling lights will simply take your breath away! I was leaving Shanghai the next day, so the cruise was the perfect farewell. Really, the view from the Huangpu River is definitely a must-see.
From journal Today's Shanghai
January 19, 2005
From journal Shanghai: Paris of the East
March 31, 2004
I would recommend just going for a stroll along the walkway on the bund side. There is also an underground pedestrian tunnel that will take you across to the Pudong side, but the view is better from the bund side. It is interesting to see in the day, but the view is best at night when it's all lit up. The lights do go out at a certain time, maybe 11pm.
If you have time, go for a cruise on the dragon boat; the ticket office is on the Bund side of the river. Spring for the most expensive seats -- they are enclosed on the top deck and you will have a place to sit, out of the rain and air-conditioned if necessary.
There is also a ferry that crosses the river. Tickets are maybe around $.25, the dock is down near where the elevated highway crosses the road.
From journal My Shanghai Favorites
March 1, 2004
The bund also lights up beautifully at night, which makes for great photo opportunities. It's packed during the summer months so beware of pickpockets. Another word of advice if you are going to walk: don't give to beggars (even child beggars) or else you'll be surrounded by their "colleagues"!
From journal Shanghai, Revisited (Again)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
August 30, 2001
Today, the Bund showcases the best of Shanghai’s colonial architecture as well as its most vibrant street life. From 5am, when the t’ai chi brigade starts working out, through the ballroom dancers, the daytime shoppers, strollers and tourists, and the evening sightseers, this is Shanghai’s heartland. It can not be missed.
There are 52 buildings lining around 1.5 kilometres of Zhongshan Dongyi Road overlooking the Huangpu River and the broad riverside promenade. They are not all worth looking at but collectively they showcase Gothic, Roman, Classical Revival, Renaissance, and Western-China architectural styles. We used the underground walkway to access the promenade. There are great photographic opportunities of old buildings, the pulsating "new Shanghai" across the river, tourists posing for mandatory snapshots and local strolling in the sun. Hawkers offer postcards, writing pens and other souvenirs.
The whole scene becomes doubly attractive at night when the temperature is lower, the colourful lights come on to illuminate fountains and buildings, and the area throngs with people. Under these circumstances, it is not difficult to see why this is called "the Pearl of the Orient".
From journal Seeing China's Future