Bund International Architecture Exhibition

Bund International Architecture Exhibition

Bund International Architecture Exhibition
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Neighbourhood: Huangpu
How to get there
  • East Nanjing Road • 4 min walk
  • Tiantong Road • 7 min walk

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Mel904
Adelaide, Australia106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Solo
There seems to be a little confusion in some reviews as to what is what in Shanghai. Apologies if this seems obvious, but to a novice like me I was unsure what the different "attractions" actually are.

So, "the Bund" is used to refer to the area on the western riverfront in Shanghai, sometimes specifically to refer to the European style buildings along this street, sometimes to the walkway along the western riverside, and even sometimes to the skyline you can look at across the river on the eastern side.

So many of the 'attractions' listed here are kind of the same place. And yes, it is definitely worth the visit!!

So, the European style buildings along the Bund, here called the "International Architecture Exhibition" are beautiful, particularly when lit up at night. The word exhibition can be confusing if you are expecting a display of some kind, when it is the buildings themselves that are known as the 'exhibition' because they are a beautiful display of architecture.

The Riverside Promenade or walkway along the Bund gives a great view of these buildings, and also an amazing view across the river to the Pudong skyline - the modern buildings of the financial district. It is also a great place to people watch and just soak up the atmosphere of the city.

The contrast between the architecture on the two sides of the river is impressive, and both are beautiful and worth seeing both during the day and at night.

A couple of other things:
The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a couple of kms away, adjacent to the People's Square. Here you will find the scale model of Shanghai, including the Bund and skylines. There are also exhibitions on the history of Shanghai and the changing skyline over time. This is in itself well worth a visit, not least because it gives a good perspective on how big the city is, as well as where everything is located in relation to everything else. There are also other permanent and temporary exhibitions including exhibits from the Shanghai Expo of 2010 and most recently a commemoration of the Communist Party's 90th year. There is a cost to enter here, but it was worth it. The booth at the entrance is also a good place to buy combination tickets (ie slightly cheaper) to many other Shanghai attractions.

Finally, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is a bit of a misnomer - this is a tunnel which goes under the river from one side to the other (from the Bund to Pudong and back). So there are not really any sights to see in a tunnel! It is a relatively convenient way to get between the two, although the metro or bus would be much cheaper, and the ferry more scenic. (The tunnel costs 50RMB one way, 60 return). The tunnel is a uniquely bizarre/surreal experience with a sound and light show that is quite random and people either love or hate (see separate reviews of it and make up your own mind!)
So, after all that ... the Bund is a must see in Shanghai, both day and night! Even if you don't think architecture is your thing, I think you will be impressed.
Written 29 December 2011
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KelvinZulu
Rivonia, Gauteng, South Africa292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We deliberately stayed at a hotel nearby the Bund so we could walk and appreciate it more fully.
We found something marked on a map indicating an Architecture Museum which we hunted for, nobody knew what we were speaking of when asked for whereabouts, till one guy pointed across the road and we went off in that direction only to return 15min later saying "where, we could not find it", the man laughed and said the whole street is the museum.
We walked into the Waldorf Astoria hotel for a drink knowing the bill would punish us, it cost Rm250 for a single of gin+ tonic and a single of the cheapest whisky which was a 15yr Glenfiddich.
The best experience of course is the night boat ride up the Haungpu River with all the old ladies lit to best advantage - quite spectacular.
Written 18 June 2015
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Bharat I
Sydney, Australia217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Business
This is Chicago on steroids, if you get what i mean. Lots and lots of tall buildings, with some of them very pretty - the TV tower looks pretty especially in the evenings. Apart from that, not much to see around. Lost of people and traffic..
Written 18 February 2015
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Jimmyma2
123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
We arrived and the smog was heavy! however when the smog lifted what a sight to be had. We walked to the end of the wall and into the shopping area. wow !
Written 9 June 2014
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L0vejones
Incheon, South Korea289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011 • Friends
The Bund is a must-see. There's a reason it makes so many top 10 lists. When I found out it was about architecture I thought I'd be disappointed. I was wrong! I was enchanted by the beauty of the creative buildings along the river filled with brightly lit boats. It's nothing to do. It's something to see. Really something!
Written 19 September 2011
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Ann-Marie M
Perth, Australia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
One of 'the' great promenades of the world - I was awestruck by the historical significance of The Bund, the wonderful restoration and upkeep of the buildings and the view across the other side of the river - the old versus the new. I felt invigorated just being there!
Written 17 June 2014
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Sallam2014
Penang Island, Malaysia245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Solo
Amazing view at night. one of the best places to spend your night in Shanghai. try to avoid weekends and public holidays
Written 12 October 2015
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Nic-Kathy
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014
Rich in history and they do offer lots of buildings for you to snap photos. It's a long stretch to walk so it's best to go at night to enjoy the lightings. Avoid this area during China's holidays.
Written 8 April 2015
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Michael J
Ottershaw, UK361 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
A must visit as the four floors cover a pictorial history of the city and also a virtual tour of the city on a space ship flying in and out of buildings which can leave the weaker stomachs a bit squeamish. One floor is taken up by a magnificent view of the city which is updated as new buildings go up
Written 5 March 2015
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cherry_thia
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
There is an entrance fee to it, which i can't remember the cost anymore. It gives you a detailed explanations of how shanghai progress into today and also the future of shanghai development. There is a big city model of shanghai on one of the floor, the model is impressive that covers almost the entire level, am still impress by the model.

It took me quite some time to cover everything in the building, to really understand the past and future of Shanghai, only recommend it if you have time to spare.
Written 29 December 2014
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