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The Bund


Shanghai Bund, China Shanghai
Shanghai Bund, Shanghai
Shanghai Bund

The Bund with a length of 1.5 kilometers is located in the Huangpu District which is downtown Shanghai. On the east of this area, you won't miss the mother river of Shanghai - Huangpu River; and on the west of it, you will see the 1930s resplendence of Shanghai proved by a row of buildings of variegated western architectures titled as'the museum of international architecture', in detail, 52 buildings in different styles: gothic, romanesaue, baroque, Chinese and Western combined. Therefore, the Bund is an influential attraction, a landmark and one of most famous destinations worth traveling in Shanghai.

In Shanghai, the upstream is called Li and the downstream called Wai. When the Huangpu River formed a sharp turn at Lujiabang, it was divided into Li Huangpu and Wai Huangpu. Therefore the beach (tan in Chinese) of Wai Huangpu which across Suzhou Creek from Waibadu Bridge to the East Jinling Road was called Waitan in Chinese and the Bund in English. Being the original outline of Shanghai, it was named Huangpu Road, Yangzi Road and Huangputan Road before, but changed into East-1 Zhongshan Road in 1945 for memorizing the Sun Yat-sen - one of the greatest leaders of modern China. Nevertheless, it is still known well by former name Waitan until nowadays.

In 1840, Shanghai became one of the five treaty ports opened to the outside world. Then, it became a British settlement from1845 and France settlement from 1849 until early 1940¡¯s. During this period, foreign firms standing in great numbers, brisk trade day and night, and foreign embassies gathering here, this area became the most prosperous land in Shanghai and earned a title of "Oriental Wall Street". Thus, everyone would be proud of owning a piece of land there to show his social status. Gradually, the Bund became a 'treasure house of Shanghai.' Quite a few architects hired brought their talents into full play for constructing delicate buildings. Times change!Those accomplishments still stand along the Huangpu River with almost the original look, being a beautiful landscape of the Bund.

After the victory of communist in the Chinese civil war, lots of foreign financial institutions moved out of this area and other places for entertainment also closed or converted to other uses. From 1990¡¯s, in order to boost the tourism of Shanghai, the local government decided to promote the Bund after some stages of restoration. Before the Expo, 2010, with the purpose of enlarging the space or view for tourists, the project of building underground tunnel was carried out.

As one of the hottest attractions in Shanghai, the Bund always gives out momentum of grace and luxury no matter being gazed from far distance or nearby area. Many tourists from home and abroad swarm into Shanghai but they never miss the Bund. Even you are not an expert in architecture you might still have interest in those distinguished historic architecture of "The Bund - Shanghai".

 

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