China Trip: Day 8 – The Bund & Pudong

June 18, 2007

China, Travel Adventures

On the morning of Day 8, we had a buffet breakfast, packed our bags for the last time, & headed towards The Bund.

“The Bund” refers to a historical area of Shanghai that centers along Zhongshan Road on the west bank of the Huangpu River. Most of the buildings here were built around the turn of the century. Formerly the financial hub of Eastern Asia, the Bund once housed banks & trading houses from all over the world as well as hotels, consulates, a newspaper, and even a Masonic Club. When Communism took hold of the country, most of the financial institutions were moved and the hotels and clubs closed or converted to other uses. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the thawing of economic policy in the People’s Republic of China, buildings on the Bund were gradually returned to their former uses. It is now one of the most popular tourist sights in Shanghai. I have been told that it is quite gorgeous lit up at night…but here are some pics of it in the morning.

A close-up of the Customs House clock, the largest clock in Asia. Both the clock & bell were built in England in imitation of Big Ben and shipped to Shanghai in the 1920s.

The flag atop the Merchants Bank Building…

Further down the Bund are some more modern buildings…

And across the harbor is the striking skyline of Pudong.

Since the beginning of its development in 1990 when plans were first announced, Pudong has emerged as China’s financial and commercial hub. Amazing to think that only 15 years ago, this was all farmland!

Next stop – Shanghai’s Old Town Shopping area…

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