Riverside promenade The Bund is the ‘golden mile’ of Shanghai. This string of colonial bank buildings, consulates and hotels is a favourite hangout of Shanghai residents. The historic character of the Bund contrasts sharply with Shanghai’s modern skyline on the other side of the Huangpu Jiang River.
The waterfront promenade begins at the Monument of Heroes – in honour of the nationalists who fought for the freedom of Shanghai – and is composed of historic façades, including Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical and Renaissance. This is a great place for taking pictures and people watching. Depending on the time of day, you will encounter all kinds of characters: local residents performing their daily tai chi-rituals, children flying kites and business people in suits. Evenings are perfect for a stroll along the Bund to admire the beautifully illuminated modern skyline across the river.