Reawaken. Reignite. Rediscover
Reawaken. Reignite. Rediscover

Your next adventure awaits
Discover the Wendy Wu Tours Green List

The Award-Winning Tour Specialist
The Bund

The Bund

Walk the Bund on a holiday to China

Travel Safe with our COVID Safe Protocols

The Bund is perhaps Shanghai's most iconic sight and is the city's most famous mile. A symbol of colonial Shanghai, the Bund is lined with legation buildings, banks and hotels in a typical early 19th century architectural style, not dissimilar to the structures seen along the Thames in London or the Seine in Paris. Once the home of the Shanghai expat community, the Bund was China's answer to Wall Street and was a centre of foreign trade and banking. This infusion of western influence and international recognition helped bring Shanghai to the forefront of the financial world and made it the leading economic hub it is today. When seeing the grandeur of this strip, sitting peacefully on the west bank of the Huangpu River, it is difficult to believe that this area used to be a swampland, also known as a 'Bund', a term for 'muddy waterfront'.

The Bund, a representation of Shanghai's 1920s economic boom, sits in incredible contrast to the district of Pudong which sits on the east side of the Huangpu. Pudong, is a metropolis of towering neon skyscrapers which seem to multiply on a yearly basis. Cruising down the Huangpu River is a great opportunity to witness the architectural progression of Shanghai and see how the city is growing as a world city.

The Bund today houses 52 buildings each with a rich history, some dating back as far as the late 19th century. Some famous players on the Bund include: Custom House, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai Hotel, HSBC Building, Bank of China and the Shanghai Gold Exchange. Though the Bund is still a functioning financial district, with the increase of hotels, it is clear that tourism is an important aspect of this strip.

Travel Expert

How can we help?

For advice on where to go, what to do and how to choose your perfect tour, talk to our Travel Experts.

Call 0800 936 3998

The Bund Holidays

What better way to experience it than on a Wendy Wu tour?

Things To See Nearby

From our Blog

Read our latest articles or travel inspiration, exciting news about our destinations and all things Wendy Wu Tours


Chinese Treasures

China is an extraordinary and a fascinating country, where tranquillity and clamour, ancient and modern, natural and man-made co-exist in perfect harmony. A quick look at a map of the world tells you China is vast, with treasures in every corner. For the visitor, the challenge is finding a way to ‘see it all’ when […]

The 2019 Hotlist

The Lowdown on next years travel destinations is here! Discover the hottest places you should visit in 2019. 1. South Korea With Korean cuisine bigger than ever, travellers are flocking to the dramatic landscapes of South Korea. Seoul is an ideal shopping destination, packed with young fashion designers plying their trade amongst ancient temples and […]

Extraordinary Wildlife in Asia (and how to see it for yourself)

Asia is a land of captivating cultural contrasts, and the wildlife is just as fascinating and varied. From endangered tigers in India, playful giant pandas in China and also wise orangutans in Borneo, there is a whole host of wildlife in Asia to encounter. Here are just a few of the more special creatures and wildlife-rich […]

A Guide to the Chinese New Year of the Dog

As we dust ourselves off from the Western festivities to welcome 2018, a quarter of the world is preparing for its own celebration, the Chinese New Year of the Dog. In Australia, we prepare the barbecue, in China more than 1.3 billion people prepare ‘lucky food’ for the New Year’s Eve Reunion dinner where families […]
Read more China blogs