The Shanghai Bund was once the financial hub for all of East Asia. That changed when the Communist Party won the Chinese civil war.
Most of the banks, hotels and clubs that once lined the banks of the Huangpu river, were closed or converted for government use.
Many fascinating buildings remain today, as well as the insanity of Nanjing Road only blocks away, and even the nearby Riverside walkway that affords the most spectacular views of Shanghai most famous landmarks.
The Shanghai Bund meets the Huangpu River at Yan'an Road and continues North for nearly a mile, following Zhongshan Road to the Waibaidu Bridge.
Zhongshan Road is dotted with some 52 buildings of various Western, classical and modern architectural styles.
I had only 1 book with me when I arrived at the Bund.
I only grabbed it because of the great maps and reputation that the Odyssey Guides have. This one was called The Bund Shanghai:China Faces West.
I suppose you might find this book at a bargain price on Ebay as well.
The information is solid and will help you get to some of the best spots around the Shanghai Bund.
The maps are clear and easy to negotiate, making it much easier to find your way around and make your life easier.
My wife and I lived in the Shanghai Bund area for nearly 8 months. One of the things we loved the most was our nightly strolls along the banks of the Huangpu River with the Shanghai TV tower in the background.
Sometimes we would walk up Nanjing road to the 'People's Square' and back, stopping in the fruit markets along the way.
It's just a great area and a pretty safe part of the city. It made our nightly walks possible, peaceful and relaxing.
However, when the sun goes down so do the inhibitions of the 'Junk Vendors'. They quickly become dark and relentless.
They'll thrust their wares into your face until you either buy what they're selling or ignore them like all the Chinese do.
Despite the small drawbacks, the Shanghai Bund was such a nice area that we decided to stay
We had originally planned to get a cheaper apartment in the Pudong district, which is much further from the city, back towards the airport.
It's just the best area to stay in Shanghai but....It is also the most expensive.
There are about 6 or seven budget options for accommodation from Dorm rooms for $9USD a night up to a few thousand dollars a night.
The $9USD room might not even have a private toilet because many of the Budget options use shared facilities.
But you have an endless array of choice.
After a few weeks living in a private room in the Mingtown Hiker Youth Hostel, we decided to remain in the Shanghai Bund Area for the duration of our stay.
Line 2 on the Shanghai Metro crosses the Bund but there are no plans to build a station on the Bund.
The closest station is East Nanjing Road, ch is which is about a five minute walk to the Bund along Nanjing Road.
The East-1 Zhongshan Road Bus is a major bus route that heads through the Shanghai Bund.
More on an airport arrival in Shanghai and subsequent trip to the Bund via the Maglev and Subway on our Shanghai Travel page.
Make Sure To Check Out The Light Effects In The Pedestrian Transit Tunnel.
The tunnel gets you to the other side of the Huangpu River from the Bund and is pictured below.
You can get on a slow-moving powered vehicle which travels along the tunnel as light effects are projected onto the walls of the tunnel as you pass through.
It was a different way to get across the other side of the river but I wouldn't do it more than once.
Whether you are staying in Shanghai for a long time or just spending a few days there, you must take Huangpu River Cruise at night.
It is a special sight and there's no better way to see it than by boat.
Some guided Tours are very expensive, so you have to be careful.
The trip we took went to the top of the Oriental TV Tower for a shocking view of the city, followed by a visit to Pudong Park, Nanjing Road, and then finally onto the cruise along the Huangpu River.
Learn more about the Huangpu River Cruise here. A sample of the views below.