The Bund (Wai tan) is one of the most well-known landmarks in Shanghai. It is located in the Huangpu District that is at the center of East One Zhongshan Road reaching about 1.5 kilometers. The Bund runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River facing the Pudong District where there are the most modern and highest buildings in China. The Bund usually consists of the buildings along East One Zhongshan Road. East One Zhongshan Road is considered worldwide as China’s “Wall Street.”
On Zhongshan Road there are many significant buildings deriving from colonial Shanghai. The Bund is home to many of the largest financial institutions of Shanghai and of China, including the Peace Hotel, the Bank of China, and Shanghai Gold Exchange, among others. The Bund has been the most prosperous area since the late 19th century when it was colonized by the British and later by the French. This is why there is a row of buildings with varying Western architectures along the Bund. The architectures on the Bund are described as an “Exhibition of World Architecture” and they are considered to be a part of historical and cultural heritage.
The Bund in Shanghai is considered valuable due to its good omen. It is centered on a piece of land that is an emblem of wealth and good reputation. The Bund is the source of pride for the Shanghainese. It presents the culture of Shanghai and the mixture of other cultures, innovation, and development. In the morning it is a great place to do exercise and during the daytime it quite busy. At night the ambience is a perfect for lovers. When the lights of varying colors are on at night the buildings at the Bund are like crystal palaces, reflecting a sense of luxury and elegance.
At the end of Nanjing Road along the Bund there stands a bronze statue of Chen Yi. He was the first Mayor of Shanghai after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. At the northern end of The Bund is Huangpu Park where the Monument to the People’s Heroes are located. It is a tall and abstract concrete tower for heroes who died in Shanghai during the Opium Wars.