The Bund is a waterfront area of the Huangpu River located on Zhongshan Road within the original Shanghai International Settlement in Shanghai, China. This reigning tourist attraction consists of multicultural architecture, sculptures, and sightseeing and is regarded as the most famous destination in Shanghai for travellers.
The Bund is acclaimed for its buildings of varying Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and Renaissance style, a few highlights being the Asia Building, the Customs House, and Sassoon House. Popular activities include photography, river cruises, and viewing the Bund at night. City impressive sculptures are in abundance, as Huangpu Park serves as a peaceful oasis for visitors.
The Bund’s closest metro station is East Nanjing Road located a five-minute walk away. The area crosses East-1 Zhongshan Road which is a major bus route. Walking is the most efficient form of transportation throughout the Bund.
The Bund began as an international commerce site served by major European countries, Japan, Russia, and the United States. The area was transformed into a Chinese financial hub during the 1940s as the operating ground of the “big four” national banks. Economic catastrophe from the Communist victory in the Chinese civil war resulted in area-wide degradation that lasted until the early 1980s. Revitalisation, growth, and accessibility improvements attributed to its iconic importance in the modern era.