The Bund (Waitan) Tours

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The Bund (Waitan) refers to Shanghai’s iconic waterfront strip, which runs for 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) along the west shore of the Huangpu River. Renowned for its extensive collection of colonial-era buildings, there’s also pedestrian-friendly promenade perfect for strolling, which offers stunning views of both the Bund and Pudong.
 
The Basics
No visit to Shanghai would be complete without a visit to the Bund. Admire the architecture of the Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco buildings, many of which have been restored to their former glory and are now home to trendy hotels, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Just about every tour will feature a stop here. Take a guided walking or bike tour, many of which combine it with nearby attractions like Yuyuan Garden and Nanjing Road. Cruise-ship passengers and those on a layover may want to consider a customized private tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there will be plenty to photograph along the Bund and across the Huangpu River.
  • There are 2,000 benches and plenty of vending machines along the Bund’s promenade, but not much shade; bring a hat or umbrella to protect against the sun.
  • The Bund is free to visit, but there is a fee to take the train through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.
  • To learn more about the history of the Bund, stop by the Bund Historical Museum, located within Huangpu Park, at the north end of the area. 
 
How to Get There
The Bund is located on the west shore of the Huangpu River. To get there by metro, take line 2 or 10 to East Nanjing Road Station, then walk toward the Huangpu River. Or take the City Sightseeing Bus, lines 1, 3, or 5, to Waitan Haiguan Dalou. There are also ferries running between the Dongchang Road Ferry Dock in Pudong and the Bund.
 
When to Get There
The Bund is pleasant to visit at any time. Visit early in the morning to see locals practicing tai chi or ballroom dancing. It’s also the best time to visit to avoid crowds. At night, enjoy views of the colorfully illuminated buildings along the Bund and Pudong.
 
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel runs for 2,122 feet (647 meters) from the Bund to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong. There’s a special train that travels the tunnel, complete with a light and sound show, which takes just a few minutes. Contrary to the name, you won’t actually see any of the sights the Bund is famous for on the ride.
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Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Get to know Shanghai with your own guide on this 8-hour private tour. Admire bird’s-eye views from a Pudong tower, stroll along The Bund or Riverside Promenade (Binjiang Da Dao), and visit the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar. Plus, explore the Confucius Temple and Concession area, and enjoy a dumpling lunch (own expense) and traditional tea ceremony. Choose to travel by public transport (own expense) if you're in a group of four or fewer, or upgrade to get around by private vehicle.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, Including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Shanghai on an enriching full-day excursion around the city. See all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide as you tour a selection of historical highlights; absorb the sacred majesty of the Jade Buddha Temple; immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage at the Shanghai Museum; and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Yuyuan Garden. Learn about the process of pearl cultivation in the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch on your enriching tour.
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Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this half-day private tour of Shanghai. Hit all the major attractions, including the Bund, the French Concession, Yu Garden, Old Town, and the Pudong Financial District. Stop in a local tea house for a sample of traditional Chinese tea. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port or your hotel provided.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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9-Day Small Group Tour to Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Shanghai

Burst through the language barrier and discover China’s three signature cities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian—in 5-star style with a guide. Soak up world-class wonders such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the Summer Palace, Yuyuan Garden, and more, over eight nights’ comfortable travel by train, plane, and coach. A small group ensures minimum wait times and maximum personal service.
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Chinese Acrobats and Shanghai Evening Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating choreography and dazzling color of a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics School and Troupe on this 4-hour tour. Marvel at the graceful agility and immense skill of the performers as they demonstrate how they have won hundreds of international competitions. After the show, see some of Shanghai’s most alluring landmarks by night as you embark on an evening tour with a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel on this tour. 
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Shanghai Highlights Bike Tour Including the Bund and Xintiandi

Get a new perspective on the many neighborhoods of Shanghai during this easy 3.5- to 4-hour guided bicycle tour. Cycle past city districts and famous attractions including Nanjing Road, Xintiandi, the Bund and the French Concession, gaining new insight into Chinese daily life and customs as you ride. This small-group cycling ride, also includes a bike and helmet plus bottled water.
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Shanghai Old Time Exploration with Sassoon's Cathay Mansion or Din Tai Fung Dining

Equal parts history lesson and walking tour, this private tour of Old Shanghai digs deep into the city’s colonial past from 1840 to 1940, pivotal years in Shanghai history. Visit historical Shanghai attractions such as the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Bund as your guide tells detailed stories of each attraction’s past. A private tour offers opportunities to curate your itinerary, as well as personalized attention from your guide. A decent Shanghai or Yunnan cuisine lunch is also inclusive.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-day Private Walking Tour in Shanghai

Combine the flexibility of independent travel with the insights and navigation skills of a private guide on this fully customizable Shanghai walking tour. Choose a classic route, such as the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, and the former French Concession, or pick your own points of interest. Please note that entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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12-Day Small Group Tour: Shanghai - Beijing - Xian - Yangtze Cruise - Shanghai

This action-packed tour of China is the ideal way to make the most of your time, and see many of China’s highlights. You’ll save hours researching where to visit and organizing transport and accommodation, as everything is sorted for you. Highlights include visiting Shanghai, Beijing (including Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, and the Forbidden City), Xian, and a Yangtze River Cruise. By traveling with a guide, you won’t have to worry about encountering language obstacles.
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Cultural Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, the Old Town Bazaars and Huangpu River Cruise

Discover the history and culture of Shanghai on a full-day tour that ends with a Huangpu River cruise. In Yu Gardens, admire exquisite landscaping that dates to the Ming and Qing dynasties, then browse the shops in Old Town nearby and stop at the Shanghai Museum to view an extensive collection of Chinese artifacts. For lunch, explore the centuries–old Chenghuangmiao temple district and sample different dishes with recommendations from your guide. Your tour finishes with a cruise along the Huangpu River and walk along the Bund.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Best of Shanghai City Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy seeing Shanghai on a city sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin by touring the old French Concession and spotting the former homes of several VIPs. Then admire the beautiful landscaping of Yu Gardens and Bazaar, and the architecture of the stately buildings along the Bund. Check out creative enterprises and traditional architecture around Tianzifang, a district that is known as a hub for design and art and see Shikumen-style buildings in the Xintiandi district.
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Exploring Shanghai by Bike Half-Day Tour

Explore Shanghai on a half-day tour by bicycle, perfect for seeing the city up close. Your expert guide leads you through diverse neighborhoods including the French Concession, where you stop to sample some of Shanghai’s best dumplings. Take in the art galleries and cafes of the creative Tianzifang district, then discover the pedestrian lanes of Xintiandi. Ride past the colonial architecture of the Bund, and pedal through People’s Square, Nanjing Road and Maoming Road. Your guide shares informative commentary and provides a quality bike and helmet for the tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Classic Shanghai Sightseeing tour

See Shanghai’s top sights without worrying about the crowds: this private tour offers a personal and convenient way to see the city. Meet your guide at your hotel, and head first to the waterfront Bund district. Continue next to the Yuyuan Garden before venturing to Nanjing Road, where you can shop and dine at your leisure. In the afternoon, see the Jade Buddha Temple before heading to Pudong, where you’ll ascend to the Shanghai World Financial Center’s soaring observation deck. Lunch and admission costs are at attendees’ own expense.
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Private Tour: Experience Shanghai in One Day

Discover the best of ancient and modern Shanghai on a full-day private tour. Relax in private transportation from your hotel to each stop on your itinerary. The immersive tour strikes the perfect balance of history and contemporary culture. Visits to Fuxing Park, the Bund, and Old Town give you a holistic understanding of the city. You also enjoy the freedom to interact with your guide for a more personalized experience.
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Private Shanghai Day Tour Including the Bund Yu Garden Old Town Market and Shanghai Museum

Shanghai is largest and the most modern city in China. During the 1950s and 1960s, it became an industrial center, and it is a global financial center nowadays. You will find this city is with mixed of Western and Eastern architectures as well as the culture. This private customized day tour will take you to visit some major attractions in Shanghai, such as Bund, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and old town market. Professional English speaking guide will give you an overview about the city as well as its interesting history and stories. You will have a reliable private transfer service form your hotel to all different attractions.
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Shanghai Past and Future: Huangpu River Cruise and Shanghai Museum

See the iconic sights of Shanghai on a 5-hour city tour that starts with a Huangpu River cruise. Glide down the river for great views of the majestic colonial buildings along the Shanghai Bund. After the cruise, take a closer look at the Bund while strolling along its promenade. Your final destination, the Shanghai Museum, contains artifacts that date from the Neolithic Period to the present.
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10-Day Small Group Tour: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Huangshan Yellow Mountain

Tour top attractions in Shanghai and Beijing with a professional guide on this 6-day China tour. Take in the Shanghai Museum, Yu Gardens and the Bund, then browse the shops on modern Nanjing Road and in historical Tianzifang. Hop the express train to Beijing on day three, then visit the Chinese capital’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs (Sacred Way) and Great Wall of China at Badaling. You’ll also see Tiananmen Square, silk and jade centers, and an electrifying kung fu performance.
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12-Day Small Group Tour: Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai

This 12-day small group tour covers fascinating natural and cultural attractions of Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. You will have an unforgettable memory by visiting the most representative cities in China.
  • Duration: 12 days
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4-Day Small-Group China Tour: Shanghai and Suzhou

Have time to explore Shanghai and Suzhou on a 4-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin by sightseeing in Shanghai at the Shanghai Musuem and Yu Gardens, then continue to the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang. Spend a full day in Suzhou to enjoy the Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit two famous spots: the Garden of the Master of the Nets and Humble Administrator's Garden, and ascend Tiger Hill before returning to Shanghai for the final evening of your tour.
  • Duration: 4 days
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5-Day Tour: Shanghai and Huangshan

Experience this 5-day small-group tour from Shanghai to Huangshan. Explore China's most dynamic and modern cities, that still hold various traditional elements. Take the time to also visit China's most popular mountain, Huangshan near Shanghai. The Chinese say that once you’ve ascended the peaks of Huangshan, you’ll never want to climb another mountain. And although they may not be China’s most sacred mountains, the Huangshan mountains are arguably the most beautiful and a must-see attraction if you’re anywhere close to the area. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Parts of the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” were filmed here. Since Huangshan is a top tourist attraction and popular travel destination in China, book ahead, especially on summer weekends.
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Private Full-Day Tour: Shanghai Old and New Highlights

Discover old and modern Shanghai as you wish on a private 8-hour tour. With a personal guide, explore attractions like The Bund, Ming-Dynasty Yu Garden, and Jade Buddha Temple, and visit the observation deck of one of Shanghai’s highest skyscrapers. Customize your itinerary to suit your and opt to explore by private vehicle with lunch and select entrance fees included, or by private vehicle or public transit with lunch and entrance fees at own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Zhujiajiao Water Town and Shanghai City Private Day Tour

Save time without compromising on experience on this door-to-door private guided tour that covers Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and key Shanghai highlights. First, explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao by boat and foot, and savor a local lunch. Then, spend the afternoon discovering Shanghai: the 16th-century Yu Garden, the Bund, and the Shanghai Tower. Upgrade to include a Shanghai dinner.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions

Experience all of Shanghai’s historical highlights and impressive landmarks on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sail past alluring attractions like the People’s Plaza, the Nanpu Bridge, The Bund and the Jade Buddha Temple on a distinctive double-decker bus, and disembark whenever you wish to explore further. Use your pass to discover three distinct routes, all of which visit must-see monuments sure to capture your attention.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise, and a Xinjiang food experience. Take the stress out of navigating the metro, and instead travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll see multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and World Financial Center, and have a guide to translate the menu during your Xinjiang feast.
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