The Bund is Shanghai’s world famous waterfront that stretches for 1 mile along the western bank of the Huangpu River. A stroll along the riverside provides gorgeous views of the historic buildings on the Bund and accros the river to the modern financial district of Pudong.
· The ornate art-deco buildings along the Bund reflect the wide range of foreign connections that establish Shanghai as an international trading port. They take architectural influence from Britain, the United States, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland and act as a reminder of Shanghai’s international heritage.
· The word “bund” means an embankment or an embanked quay.
How to get there
Take Metro Line 2 or Line 10 to East Nanjing Road Station. Then walk about 10 minutes toward the Huangpu River.
Nanjing Road is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. It’s a must see metropolitan destination, attracting thousand of fashion seeking shoppers from all over the world. It’s regarded as the city’s principal shopping street.
· Nanjing Road stretches 5.5km from the Bund in the east to the junction of Jing’an temple and Yan’an West Street in the west, with Shanghai’s centre point People’s Square in the middle. Nanjing Road is the world’s longest shopping district at 3.4 miles.
· The road can traced back to 1845, when it was called Park Lane. After two road extensions, it was named formally as Nanking Road in 1862 by the Municipal Council, which administered the International Settlement. In Chinese it was usually referred as the Main Road.
· In 1943 the International Settlement was annuled and after World War II, the Government changed the name to Nanjing Road.
PEOPLE’S SQUARE AREA
People Square is the largest public square in the city, located in the centre of Shanghai and it was the demarcation point of East and West Nanjing Road.
The area was once a horse racecourse reputed to be one of the most profitable industries during 1930s. After gambling and horse racing were banned by the new Communist government, a part of the race course became People’s Square, which included a large avenue and spectator stands for use during parades.
The Shanghai Museum houses ancient Chinese art and holds a collection of 120,000 precious works.
· China was one of the first countries to use coins as currency. The museum has a collection of over 7000 pieces of Chinese coins signifying the economic exchange and development of China with other foreign countries.
· The museum was designed to resemble a Chinese cooking pot.
Phone (021) 6372-3500
201 Ren Min Da Dao, Shanghai 200003
Take Metro Line 1, 2 or 8 and get off at People's Square Station. Get out of the station from Exit 1and walk south.
Opening times: 9am - 5pm
The Grand Theatre has one of the largest and best equipped automatic stages in the world. It has become the stage for world class opera, ballet and symphony performances, international art activities and education.
Phone (021) 6372-8701
300 Renmin Avenue, Huangpu, Shanghai
Shanghai Art Museum
The Shanghai Art Museum showcases artwork in its 12 exhibit halls, ranging from modern traditional oils to recent pop canvases. The building is also worth seeing in its own right, due to the meticulously restored wood and marble interior of this 5 story, neoclassical landmark.
· The building was constructed in 1933 as the clubhouse for the Shanghai Race Club racecourse.
· The building has one of the most noticeable clock towers in the city. However, the clock was persistenly inaccurate. It was finally renovated in 2006 and has been displaying the correct time ever since.
Phone (021) 6327-2829
325 West Nanjing Road, People’s Park, Huangpu, Shanghai
Opening times: 9am - 5pm every day
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre
The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre displays the latest information or urban development and shows Shanghai citizen’s cultural and artistic cultivation. The star of the show is the large scale model of urban Shanghai in its entirety, showing current buildings as well as approved future buildings.
Phone (021) 6318-4477
100 Renmin Avenue, Huangpu, Shanghai
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Price: Adult: 30 RMB, Student: 15 RMB, Chiild (under 1.2m): Free