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Huangpu River and the Bund



Huangpu River, 97 km long, the most important shipping artery of Shanghai, wriggles like an undulating muddy dragon from the mouth of the
Yangtze River in Wusong to the East China Sea.
Bund Shanghai
Although the yellow and ice-free Huangpu River is only about 400 meter wide and 9 meter deep, it
sustains about one third of the China's total international trade. It is also a major water source for
Shanghai.

Cruises on the Huangpu River are available everyday, whether it is in the daytime or at night, the views
along the river are the same beautiful. The great modern skyscrapers and the characteristic buildings in
different architectural styles are the best records of the development of the city and the Huangpu River,
the birthplace of Shanghai, is the faithful eyewitness.

 

The Bund, is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It
begins at the estuary of Suzhou Creek in the north and ends at Jinling Road in the south, with a total
length of 1.5 kilometers.

Huangpu River and BundOriginally, the Bund was a center for foreign trade, where foreign firms were numerous.
From the end of the 19th century, many foreign and Chinese banks were built on the
Bund, turning it into a 'finance street' also known as 'Eastern Wall Street'. Thereafter, the
Bund became very valuable land and a sought after location. Bankers and businessmen
from various countries congregated along the Bund, constructing their offices and
headquarters on a large-scale. Architects from different countries took the opportunity to
display their courage and skill on the Bund, and soon over 20 major buildings with
distinctive architectural styles sprang up, hence the Bund also enjoys fame as a
“Museum of International Architecture”.

The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52
various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque,
Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The wide riverfront promenade on the east bank of the river provides a captivating view of
Shanghai, particularly at night.

Being one of the Top Ten Shanghai Attractions, the Bund is a really beautiful and special place which is worth visiting.



 
 


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