Home to the world’s busiest port and often dubbed as the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai is the largest city in China. Its impressive development over the years has turned itself into the most significant financial, commercial and economic hub of mainland China. With this, it is one of the most prosperous cities in the country.
A very interesting fact about this tourist destination is its fascinating combination of East and West, displaying Chinese houses and establishments with European design flair. Another amazing thing about Shanghai is its rich collection of Art Deco buildings. With more than 24 million residents in the city, it is considered as one of the world’s most populous cities. Shanghai is home to famous historical tourist spots, including the extensive Lujiazui skyline, City God Temple, China Art Museum, Shanghai Museum and a lot more. This modern metropolis is also known as the birthplace of Chinese theater and cinema.
Walking Around Shanghai
Explore new parts of the city and discover its man-made and natural beauty. From the maze of longtangs behind People’s Square, an arty stroll along Suzhou Creek, it will take you through the less-touristy parts of Shanghai for a more local perspective.
When you are in Shanghai, your trip won’t be complete without visiting its famed tourist destination – The Bund.
The Bund: Interesting Facts Travelers Should Know
The Bund is considered as one of the most remarkable architectural symbols and pride not just of Shanghai but all over China. Locally named as “Waitan”, it is a magnificent riverfront promenade situated in central Shanghai. This famous tourist spot houses 52 buildings of different architectural styles. It is home to multinational offices and financial institutions operating in the country. In 1846, the first British company opened an office at the Bund. Since then, the former muddy waterfront because the symbol of elegance. Today, it has copious attractive new constructions, making it a wonderful place to visit whenever you travel to Shanghai. It stretches 1 mile along Hangpu River’s bank.
Regularly, the Bund is visited by locals and tourists. As a matter of fact, every morning a lot of people come here to exercise and breathe fresh air. At night, the place is visited by people who want to see its stunning beauty together with their friends and loved ones.
Location: Extends from Jinling Road in the south to the Waibaidu Bridge over the Suzhou Creek in the north, on the western bank of the Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River.
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