Buildings of the Bund

By Emma, Australia, August 2011

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A stroll along The Bund in Shanghai will reveal a rich mix of architectural styles that demonstrate the wealth and power of the foreign companies in China at the time.

No. 1     Asia Building  (1916) Style: Baroque.
The Bund’s first mansion and originally the offices of Royal Dutch Shell and Asiatic Petroleum Company.

No.2     East Wind Hotel  (1910) Style: Neo-classical.
Formerly the Shanghai Club for British Nationals. Now a hotel.

No.3     Union Building  (1922) Style: Neo-Renaissance with some Baroque detailing.

No.5     The Nissin Building  (1925) Style: Modern mixed with classical.
Once housed a Japanese shipping company.

No.6     China Merchants Bank Building (1897) Style: Mock Gothic.
One of the oldest buildings on the Bund.

No.7     The Great Northern Telegraph Company Building (1908) Style: Renaissance.
This building housed state-of-the-art equipment in its day including telephones, a tube system for telegrams and a lift!

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Shanghai Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Shanghai.

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