Shanghai is one of China’s most popular harbour cities, with
a strategic location of being in the middle of the country’s East Coast and at
the exit of the Yangtze River. It’s no wonder then, that the British felt it
was the perfect place to settle for their trade relations with China. Join this
tour as we walk by the River Huangpu in Shanghai and see the sights along the
Bund as well as stroll through Nanjing Road.
The Bund or Waitan is a waterfront area that was built along
the River Huangpu which eventually became the most famous place of Shanghai. The
massive 18 buildings along the 1.5km stretch of the Bund and the area around,
were mostly developed by the British. We start our walk from the southern part
of the Bund and see the changes that the city has undergone in a span of more
than 100 years in the 19h and early 20th centuries.
Thankfully, WWII didn’t have a massive impact on these structures as they still
stand strong by the river.
We walk along the broad footpath that serves as the Bund and
arrive towards its centre marked by a large domed building and the Big
Ben-inspired Clock Tower beside it. Interestingly, the domed building was the
erstwhile home of the banking giant HSBC and the Clock Tower is still very much
functional. It chimes every fifteen minutes to the tune of a regional Communist
song. Also look out for New York Wall Street’s iconic bull statue and find out
what it’s doing across the world on Shanghai’s Bund. The skyline across the
river is bound to fill you with awe. It belongs to the newer part of Shanghai
built during the 1990s, known as Pudong and is yet another business area.
Soon, we step away from the Bund and onto Shanghai’s most
busting and lively area – Nanjing Road, that offers nearly 2kms of
pedestrianised area filled shops, restaurants, hotels, movies and everything
you need for entertainment. Our presenter takes you through a few shops to see
some of the local street food fare and the unique packed candies, chocolates,
sauces and foods peculiar to the Chinese region.
Children will definitely enjoy the bit of
history that surrounds Shanghai’s Bund as well as the stroll along the river
Huangpu and the walk along Nanjing Road.