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The Bund

The Bund

Located along the Huangpu River, the Bund,one of the most important symbols of Shanghai,shows Shanghai's outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. It is said that the Bund is Shanghai's Wall Street.

"The Bund" was derived from the Anglo-Indian term that literally means "a muddy embankment". The bund, a ruined reed land previously, was used to be a Shanghai residence. After the first opium war in 1840, Shanghai was forced to be commercial port, and various western architectures with the colonists rushed into the Bund in succession.

Architectures were designed with European Renaissance, style, although not designed by the same hands, or built in the same period, the style is so harmony, just like made by the nature. When many foreign Banks, clubs, consulates, etc. gathered here, making Shanghai a historical miniature of semi-colonial and semi-feudal society.

At the northwestern end of the Bund, it is Huangpu Park (once called British Public Gardens). It was forbidden territory to Chinese people for years when it was under the control of Brits, unless ones who were accompanying employers. Today, the park is free and open to everyone; it is a well-maintained walkway providing excellent views over the river to Pudong and down the river to the old Customs House and other colonial relics.

On the west side of the Bund, various towering buildings of different architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque are located. The combination of these structures creates a unique boulevard that resembles the Liverpool Docks.