The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Bund (Wai Tan)
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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
Neighborhood: 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
    Traveled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
  • TaherAlbaghliJulian
    Kuwait City, Kuwait1,860 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
    Traveled with family
    Written September 10, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written September 20, 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
    Traveled on business
    Written October 24, 2023
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,867 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 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
    Traveled on business
    Written January 25, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Maree R
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,183 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2024
  • bcheong
    Shanghai, China45,067 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 2, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written April 27, 2024
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FlyfishermanBeijing
Beijing, China278 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Shanghai main attraction is The Bund and view over Huangpu river. Normally area is full of tourists took all similar photos about skyscrapers another side of river.
I reccommend visit there at a time of sunrise, less people and nice colour of light make whole place look different.
If you visit at time of dark, notice that city switch off skyscrapers light at 10.00 PM

If you are interesting about history i recommend that after took photo of skyscrapers go to walk around that area. Lot of old western style buildings wait you. Many of buildings have small plate on wall which shortly tell history of building.
Written January 1, 2020
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LoveTravelling1116
Singapore, Singapore774 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
My last night in Shanghai was spent watching the spectacular night view of The Bund, and I never regretted having to jostle my way into the first line just so as to capture the view without people obstacles. The colourful night lights were one of the highlights of Shanghai, and is also a reflection of how economically vibrant Shanghai is.

The numerous high-end posh hotels around this region complement the scenery, enhancing the attractiveness of this place too. I was standing behind the metal fence just next to the river, and it was wonderful to witness the various boats floating by with bright splashy colour! From The Bund, one can see the high-rise Oriental Pearl Tower gleaming in every hue.

The Bund could be reached via East Nanjing Road train station, followed by a 10-minute straight walk. Be prepared to come here soon to avoid the need for hustling.
Written July 24, 2020
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL250 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is the elevated leeve that runs for a mile or two along the Huangpu River and gives you a pleasant view of the city. It is easy to hop on and off to go visit buildings you find interesting as you stroll. We had a guide who was able to talk about the history of the buildings which made it a lot more interesting. You can board the ferry boats from the Bund. At night the buildings are lit up and it makes for a pretty walk. there are free bathrooms under the Bund at strategic locations.
Written March 23, 2020
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Saad Amin Karsaz
Dubai, United Arab Emirates69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The most touristy place in Shanghai is the Bund. Exceptional location for all the photo enthusiasts as the skyline is clearly visible from this location. A much crowded and lively place, this place gives you the vibe of true spirits of Shangai. Lights, High Rise Building, Glitter and Ecited Faces, the place simply gives you a very urban feeling. Around the place you will find many restaurants and historic buildings. Shopping is all over the place.
Written February 2, 2020
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TravelerWithFour
Boston, MA133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a must do for Shanghai.

The shops and stores are all the same you'd find in any large city so nothing really special there. There are some very good restaurants in the area. But it's not about the insides but what is happening outside.

The lights at night-so fun so photogenic. This would be so romantic on a perfect summer night. On a cold November night it's more of a quick walk to warm up with stops for photos before we rushed back to a taxi.
Written January 11, 2020
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Lemeeze D
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went on a very foggy day unfortunately, so we saw a less common view across the bund. It was still very beautiful to see the buildings half visible, a little like a ghost city. I'd recommend going on a clear night to see all the lights and city, and then also on a foggy day like we did, to get the other side of the experience!
Written February 4, 2020
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Melissa L
Shanghai, China148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The Bund is a nice place to see the lights and the skyline of the city. You see some of the famous landmarks of shanghai such as the pearl tower, jinmao tower and the shanghai tower (2nd tallest building in the world). The best time would be right before sundown that way you get both the daylight view as well as the night view when all the lights get turned on.
Written February 16, 2020
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Denz-WS
Timbuktu75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The best time is way after sunset. Before approaching the Bund, you will be aware of a certain glow in the sky and as you get closer, the traffic gets congested with more pedestrians moving towards the epicenter of a UFO as it were.

Once you reach the Boulevard the hustle and bustle will hit you with the wind-force from the waterfront. There are policemen everywhere to ease the flow of traffic as well as people. The atmosphere out there is similar to a heavy metal concert.

The panoramic view of the Pearl Tower and CBD on the other side is spectacular because of it all being well lit up. Even all the buildings on the Bund are just as well lit up.

It can be a night well spent out there if you take a ride on the ferry and brave the chilly air.
Written February 5, 2020
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Mozhgan Kazemi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Business
Amazing place to walk or taking a cruise during the day or night. A mixture of historical and modern buildings with various architectural styles. The reflection of building lights on the river makes it a magical painting throughout the night.
Written February 25, 2020
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zhen z
Ningbo, China25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Shanghai Waitan is one of the most famous attractions that cannot be missed if you are visiting Shanghai.
Waitan is along the river and there is a ferry terminal where you can book a ticket in advance and enjoy the charming night of Shanghai with your friend and famiy.
However, if possible, I highly recommend you not to travel there during holidays since it can be considerably crowded.
Written June 2, 2021
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