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“Beautiful ” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pudong Development Bank (Fazhan Yinhang)

Pudong Development Bank (Fazhan Yinhang)
12 The Bund (Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu), Shanghai, China
021/6329-6188
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Ranked #116 of 1,305 things to do in Shanghai
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“Beautiful ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Originally an HSBC, it is now Development Bank. Still functioning as a bank, one can see the old style design and layout of the tellers and service advisor. Building dated back to 1920s, I think. Very nice deco inside, the mosaic pattern is very impressive but photography not allowed. Wish I had chance to steal a few photos but guard was there.

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Miami, Florida
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“Best building on the Bund”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was widely recognized in the pre-WWII era as the most beautiful building in Asia. Don't just look at the stately lions outside, but go inside to see the spectacular mosaics in the domed ceiling. Since it is a working bank, large tour groups can't go in. And, no photos inside, unfortunately. Make an excuse to become a customer by using an ATM inside and you can at least look at all the great art deco features in the lobby. And, check out the revolutionary mural in the Customs House next door.

Visited October 2014
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“Old HSBC building ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

No one seems to remember this was the old HSBC building. The lions, mosaic art in lobby were actually designed for HSBC. Beautiful architecture but unable to visit beyond lobby. Sad...

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Jakarta
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“Exquisite architectural building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Lucky for me.. There were only 5 people in our tour group, so our tour guide, Annie Goh could take us inside this magnificent building. Big group tours are not allowed to enter, as this building is a fully operated bank. To fully understand the origin of shanghai, this building is a must see. Annie gave us full explanation about how and why this building was built and its connection to shanghai history. The authenticity of this building is amazing, the main entrance doors, pilars, ceiling.. All amazed you. You are not allowed to record inside of the building by photograph nor by video. And there are security personnel inside to remind you when you did.

Visited October 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“What an impressive building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Both outside an in, a very impressive building and take a visit at night, the lighting is wonderful.

Visited July 2013
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