Shanghai City at night

River bank Wai Tan

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The Bund is River Bank, Wai Tan, called by locals. At the west side of Huang Pu river, it is Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road (the 1st east Zhong Shan Boulevard), one of the heavy traffic lines. It reaches Su Zhou creek to the north, stretches as long as 1.5 km.

It’s not just the river bank. People see the Bund as the building collection or sightseeing landmark, it is one of the reasons Shanghai is known for its rich collections of art deco architecture. The buildings with the styles range from renaissance, gothic or baroque have been there since the beginning of the 20th century, housed numerous headquarters, banks, clubs, especially at one point when Shanghai was determined to be the financial centre of the East.

It’s always exciting to go to the Bund when I was little. It was like seeing something splendid or old glamour. This sense of excitement still exists, now it has gone through several stages of major re-structuring. Just off Waibaidu Bridge, a statue of the first mayor in Shanghai (post 1949) stands. The road is more organised, the buildings are more commercially orientated. There are restaurants, bars, boutiques in the old buildings. A plaza on the riverbank, where people go for dancing, tai chi, it’s a fabulous meeting point.

Apart from visiting the old buildings, the Bund has more to offer, such as river cruise in the night, where you get on the boat here, the night view on the Bund is indeed awesome (our image here just catchesthe glimpse of it); or, enjoying the view from the Bund to the east side Pu Dong, it is hard to imagine the view was less interesting a couple of decades ago, look at it now, the view across the river is the epitome of modern and future.

Oh, what are the Fun

See the list of the buildings

Photo of Shanghai Old Town

Water Town Zhu Jia Jiao

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Water town Zhu Jia Jiao is the one very nearby Shanghai, comparing to the other similar around.

Established in the 2 centuries BC, Zhu Jia Jiao was always a market town for clothing and rice trades. With the presence of its booming antique stores, it managed to consolidate the prestige at the dynasties Ming and Qing, You still can trace those historic shops in alleyways.

Now Zhu Jia Jiao is part of the Shanghai, it sits within Qin Pu Division and is accessible by public transports at the People’s Square or near Shanghai Stadium or by frequent Express Line ‘Hu Zhou’.

You can have a ride on the boat, given the town name as the ‘Venice in the east’. It is said 36 bridges connect the town throughout, all in different shapes and materials such as wooden or stone or marble, You will enjoy taking the photos of these ancient bridges, or, the view at Ma Jia Garden (one of the largest manor style gardens in the southern China).

Old pharmacy Tong Tian He is at the original location, the vintage Chinese pharmacy is so charming with its surroundings.  However, Zhu Jia Jiao went through the revamp in 2012, added with shopping malls and entertainment complex. Let’s hope the authenticity of this old town is not threatened entirely.

Half a day trip can give you the chance to put a piece of jigsaw in your collection of traditional Chinese charm. You can taste some local dishes before heading back Shanghai.

Why not Try our carefully selected programme: Half a Day at Water Town Zhu Jia Jiao