The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Bund (Wai Tan)
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This is a designated section of Shanghai’s port along the Huang Pu River lined with beautiful neo-classical buildings and a waterfront promenade that is packed with tourists, locals and street sellers.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Huangpu
How to get there
  • East Nanjing Road • 8 min walk
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  • Amr Sobhi
    Accra, Ghana121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Bund
    The Bund is a famous waterfront area located in Shanghai, China. It stretches along the western bank of the Huangpu River and is known for its stunning skyline views. The area is lined with historic buildings showcasing a blend of architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco. The Bund is a popular tourist destination and a symbol of Shanghai's past as an international trading hub. It offers a vibrant atmosphere with numerous restaurants, shops, and promenades, making it a must-visit destination for travelers.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • TaherAlbaghliJulian
    Kuwait City, Kuwait1,857 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Bund
    It is part of Shanghai close to Huang Pu River ,with neo-classical buildings and a waterfront promenade that is packed with tourists, I have been here several times on my visit to Shanghai. I saw many people local and tourist. It is worth visit especially at night.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Edson
    San Francisco, California259 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The bund, at night… you’re welcome!
    The bund was an amazing experience, a cluster of European style historical buildings very well preserved. I do remember seeing pictures of the bund before and I have to say they didn’t do any justice. I got the chance to visit it for the first time at night and the lightning in the buildings is breathtaking, plenty of spots to take pictures and right amount of people without feeling overwhelmed. Walking distance to other attractions and just across the street to see the Shanghai modern skyline.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Francisco M
    Miami, Florida62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best english tour guide in Shanghai
    We took a 4 hour tour in Shanghai, focusing on the history and architecture of the city, for the years 1900 to 1947. The Bund and surrounding streets, and Nanjing Rd E and Nanjing Rd W. The Sassoon family, the Kadoorie family, the Hardoon family, and many more western and Chinese families that left a mark in Shanghai. The Jewish museum tells the story of 20,000 refugees before WW2 and after, during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. The French and British concessions are also very important during this tour. The guide name: Mary Wu. Her contact: +86 150 0191 3031 Her email: marywinwinwin666@163.com Very knowledgeable guide. Being a local and communicating in very good English, this city tour ( car and walking) was a highlight of our China trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 24 October 2023
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,909 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The heart and soul of China - by day and night
    I first visited the Bund in 1979 when China was first opening up to the world. China was a very different country then but then the Bund was also completely to the other parts of China I visited. On the Bund, couples strolled around hand in hand. That sort of thing was absolutely verboten in the rest of China. I loved the Bund then and still love it now, both by day and night. The promenade allows a close-up view of the constant activity on the Huangpu River and the beautiful old colonial buildings in the old French and British Quarters. By night the area comes alive: there is still plenty of action on the river but highlight is the dazzling lightshow from the skyscrapers across the river at Pudong. Shanghai is an amazing vibrant, dynamic city and to me this essence is captured best on the Bund
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Steve l
    Seattle, Washington48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancy Bund in a different look
    I took a half day off to visit the Bund during my business trip in Shanghai, it's a drizzling day, a little bit cold outside, so there are few visitor there, and famous skyscraper like oriental pearl and etc. were hiding in the clouds. It gave me a different kind feeling about this venue, fancy of course, but quite and free, I took the ferry boat to the other side, the Nanjing Xilu, this is a unique experience, I heard that it is extremely popular place for the tourist to go to have fantastic view about the Bund, I highly suggest you to take it at night, a wonderful experience will be guaranteed .
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Nis N
    Port of Spain, Trinidad153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do if in Shanghai
    A must visit aspect of Shanghai. I had a few hours in Shanghai before heading off to the airport and walked down to the Bund. Be prepared for crowds however the sight of the towers across the river really is one to behold. There are restaurants and pubs down there as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 February 2024
  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's Photogenic And Free
    Highly recommend a walk here. We visited in the morning before the fog had cleared and it was still a sight to behold. The front is planted beautifully and is colourful while the buildings across the water were slightly shrouded in fog giving an otherworld feeling. We returned in the evening to a spectacular light show, stunning place to visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
  • bcheong
    Shanghai, China45,915 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical tourist spot
    The famous stretch of waterfront at Puxi. With the historical buildings from Gothic, Renaissance, Art Deco styles, many to look at. Across the huangpu river is Pudong where you see the Pearl tower plus all the skyscrapers Many restaurants and shops as well
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Erico2709
    Singapore, Singapore2,400 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great vibe and atmosphere
    This place is packed with lots of tourists. But there is good crowd control to force tourists to go up the stairs in one direction and exit out another to keep orderly control. Nice to go in the evening when all the lights are up.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 April 2024
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore10,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Bund, also known as Waitan, is a famous waterfront on the west bank of Huangpu River and is regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. Here, the charm of Shanghai as a bustling metropolis combining the century-old history and flourishing future buildings is fully presented, making the Bund Shanghai a must-see attraction.

It is a mile long stretch of waterfront promenade along the river. To the west of this stretch stand 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles. It is often referred to as "the museum of buildings".

The best way to appreciate the buildings is to have a walk along the Bund which we did. Roaming among the architectural complexes, visitors will have a better understanding of the century-long charm of this city.

We stayed there for over 2 hours, from evening to night, when all the buildings around lit up and it was so colourful and nice and presented a totally different sight from the day time. As it was weekend, the area was jam packed with visitors and vehicle traffic and very crowded!
Written 20 June 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Shanghai’s skyline is arguably the most beautiful, enchanting, and harmonious I have seen anywhere in the world. It represents world-class urban planning.

The buildings are located in Pudong, but the best place to photograph them is from The Bund. The absolute best spot is around where Nanjing Road meets The Bund.

Overall, The Bund, which stretches along a small section of the city’s busy river, is a lovely place to stroll and people-watch.
Written 6 June 2024
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Armenia76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We took a tour bus as we were luck of time. We walked on that famous street , took some pictures. Shanghai is so big that some days are even not enough. There were lots of tourists there. Nearby caffes are rather expensive. Overall that was a great experience.
Written 30 May 2024
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Yap M
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A must see at the waterfront area. Vibrant atmosphere and madness with people taking photos like no tomorrow. We went there at 5:00pm so we can admire both the day and night scene.
One can take a ferry to cross the huangpu river for 2 yuan a person.
Do keep personal stuff close due to people traffic.

Do take a pic with the Shanghai Bull at the Bund. It’s quite similar to the one in Wall Street, New York
Written 27 May 2024
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James B
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Their service is miles off it and it wasn’t just our experience. Other tables were clearly having the same problem.

They took our drinks order after 5 mins of seeing the menu, then they took another 10 mins to give us our drinks etc. They served our starters separately for no reason, and there was a 20 minute gap in between them. We didn’t receive our mains until 1hr 45mins from when we arrived.

No compensation offered even though they acknowledged they took too long.

A lot of westerners eating there and a lot of their staff struggled with English. On other tables, we could overhear things getting lost in translation.

Food was very good when it eventually came out.
Written 23 May 2024
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Ashutosh
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is old Shanghai with all its history. Adjacent to Nanjing Street. Has everything a tourist would want. Dont miss the river cruise and do take it at the time of sunset. We took it at 6.30 pm so we saw the day light scenery and returned by the time it was dark (45 mins cruise). Hence we got to see the fantastic lighting which is similar to the Hong Kong cruise. Affordable and very well maintained vessels and very punctual and organised. An absolute must visit while in Shanghai.
Written 17 May 2024
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Rodney P
Auckland, New Zealand315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This area is a must see when visiting Shanghai. Be sure to take the ferry across the river at a cost of only 2 RMB per person as this gives a great perspective of both the Bund side and the new districts
Written 13 May 2024
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ia026
Metro Manila, Philippines196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Its one of the most beautiful city of Asia. There are so many structures that amazed visitors due to its massive sizes. The Peace Hotel is so amazing. Food in China is delicious and very cheap. One special feature of China is the infrastructures all over. Trains are connected everywhere that you can travel easily from North to South and East to West with an affordable cost. One thing that we admire China is the cleanliness of the place. People seem to have a discipline that every corner of the place is garbage free. Most of all, we love the weather because China has four seasons that you can enjoy.
Written 10 May 2024
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Jon N
Singa3,583 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This is one of the most visited places while in Shanghai. Great place to walk along the HuangPu River. We were here on 2 May and the crowds started to build up in the evening. Everyone was there to see the buildings being lighted up. Although it’s very crowded, the crowd control was still very orderly.
Written 6 May 2024
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place is packed with lots of tourists. But there is good crowd control to force tourists to go up the stairs in one direction and exit out another to keep orderly control. Nice to go in the evening when all the lights are up.
Written 27 April 2024
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