The Bund (or Waitan) is the grand center of Colonial architecture in Shanghai. The former International Settlement runs along the waterfront of the Huangpu River, facing the Pudong district ('Bund' is a word of Indian derivation meaning 'embankment'). 

When foreign powers entered Shanghai after the Opium Wars of the 19th century, the Bund existed as a towpath. It quickly became the center of Shanghai as Western traders built banks, trading houses and consulates along its length, and has been synonymous with Shanghai's east-meets-west glamor ever since.

Today the Bund faces the new wave of trading development - the vast towers of Jin Mao, the World Finance Center and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the financial district of Pudong. 

As well as strolling along the Bund's length to take in the Colonial era architecture, you can take a look at the granite cenotaph commemorating Chinese patriots, wander in a park that was once the British Public Gardens, and take a kitsch-tastic ride through the sightseeing tunnel, complete with light show.

Practical Info

The Bund is in the Huangpu District. It begins at Suzhou Creek and runs for 1.5 km (1 mi) along the waterfront to Jinling Wu. Take the subway to East Nanjing Road station; it's about a five-minute walk from there.

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Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

4 star rating: Recommended 158 Reviews

See all the main sites of Shanghai, 'Paris of the Orient'. Your fully guided coach tour includes lunch as well as entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

The Bund is the cultural section of Shanghai that best represents the blending of ancient and modern influences. This renowned waterfront district is the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.99

Private Custom Tour: Shanghai in One Day

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

During your time in Shanghai, design your own itinerary to experience all of Shanghai, according to your own interests. Your local guide will take you to all ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.99

8-Day Eastern China Private Tour: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan

Spend an entire week exploring the best of eastern China! With a private guide to show you around the different attractions in Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

From USD $1,678.66

Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

See the best of Shanghai on this easy bike tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Get an up-close look at local life as you explore diverse neighborhoods ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 3.5-4 hrs

From USD $51.99

Shanghai Afternoon Sightseeing Tour including Huangpu River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Take a tour around Shanghai and see one of Asia's most progressive cities. Shanghai or "Paris of the Orient" has fast developed economically, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.99

4-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including the Bund

From the busy streets of Shanghai to the tranquil canals of Suzhou – you will have three-day’s worth of interesting activities and sightseeing experience ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

From USD $440.00

Private Tour: The Face of Modern Shanghai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the modern developments of China’s most cosmopolitan city with a private guide on this full-day private tour. Learn about the past, present and future ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.00

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