A walk along the Bund, Shanghai, China

The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, that is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s with 52 buildings of vari

The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, that is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s with 52 buildings of various architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque, and neoclassical styles (here, looking to the north from the Promenade around Fuzhou Road)

 

“For a century, the Bund (Chinese: 外滩 wài tān /why tan/ ‘Outer Beach’) has been one of the most recognizable symbols and the pride of Shanghai.  The architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s. You’ve never been to Shanghai if you haven’t seen the Bund… The Bund is a mile-long stretch of waterfront promenade along the Huangpu 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’.” – www.chinahighlights.com

 

This view is from the gardens in planter boxes along the Promenade, looking south along the Bund and the Huangpu River beyond the shoreline formally designated as “the Bund”, Shangha

This view is from the gardens in planter boxes along the Promenade, looking south along the Bund and the Huangpu River beyond the shoreline formally designated as “the Bund”, Shanghai, China

 

The government has done an excellent job preserving the historical buildings from the settlement period along the Bund, Shanghai, China; the newer skyscrapers stand in the distance in st

The government has done an excellent job preserving the historical buildings from the settlement period along the Bund, Shanghai, China; the newer skyscrapers stand in the distance in stark contrast – with limited land area and 24.5 million people in Shanghai, the only realistic way to build is up, so there is a plethora of tall buildings across the cityscape

 

A small group of us spent the morning walking from our ship’s birth at the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal to the beginning of the Bund at Broadway Mansions on the north side of the Wusong River (Suzhou Creek).  We crossed the bridge and walked the length of the Bund to the south with a stop in a park along the way for tea at a tea house.  Walking south really showed off the pollution as we were looking through it towards the sun.  When we reversed direction on our return walk to the terminal the pollution seemed less severe, due to the optical illusion of having the sun behind us and bright trees, parks and buildings in the foreground of our vision (and photographs).  The smog index was 139, somewhat unhealthy, on the international scale of 0 (no smog) to 400 (terrible and sickening). Of course, we all tried picturing the Bund and our walk 100 or 150 years ago during the colonial period when the buildings and development of the Bund were similar, but there was very little pollution.  The Shanghai municipal government, along with the national Chinese government, are heavily publicizing the positive steps that are being undertaken in the city to reduce pollution and increase energy production from renewable sources, lessening contributions to pollution in the future.  As Americans at this time, it was embarrassing to see China moving forward to combat climate change and pollution while watching the current Washington administration reversing course and removing the U.S. commitments and actions on combating climate change by executive orders and E.P.A. actions.

 

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building from the British settlement days in the 1920s in the foreground and the Customs House, beyond it, on the Bund (looking north), Shanghai, China

The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building from the British settlement days in the 1920s in the foreground and the Customs House, beyond it, on the Bund (looking north), Shanghai, China

 

We left the Bund, Shanghai, China, for a short detour through an adjacent park, preserved for the green space, with numerous giant skyscrapers standing all around it

We left the Bund, Shanghai, China, for a short detour through an adjacent park, preserved for the green space, with numerous giant skyscrapers standing all around it; the government has done an excellent job in meeting its goal of having a lot of parks and green space for the Shanghai population within the city

 

The northern terminus of the Bund (just before the Waibaidu Bridge across the Huangpu River) has a waterfront park, Huangpu Park, with the landmark triangular, tall Monument to the Peopl

The northern terminus of the Bund (just before the Waibaidu Bridge across the Huangpu River) has a waterfront park, Huangpu Park, with the landmark triangular, tall Monument to the People’s Heroes, Shanghai, China

 

A view of the stretch of the shoreline along the Huangpu River (north of the Bund) beyond the Monument to the People's Heroes on the left to the Shanghai Port International Passenger Ter

A view of the stretch of the shoreline along the Huangpu River (north of the Bund) beyond the Monument to the People’s Heroes on the left to the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal (the low, egg-shaped blue-green building on the right edge of the image), Shanghai, China

 

Our ship was docked slightly north of the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal because, on our arrival, the two Chinese Navy ships were berthed in the berth directly in front o

Our ship was docked slightly north of the Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal because, on our arrival, the two Chinese Navy ships were berthed in the berth directly in front of the terminal, Shanghai, China

 

 

One thought on “A walk along the Bund, Shanghai, China

  1. Are you seeing anything in their newspapers about North Korea?

    24.5 million people in one city and we though it was crowded in the Bay Area!

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