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The Bund is a riverside district in Shanghai and one of the Chinese city’s best known historic destinations. It was the centre of trade and shipping in Shanghai during the first half of the 20th century and boasts a collection of grand buildings from this era. The Bund faces across the Huangpu River to Pudong and its ultra-modern collection of glass skyscrapers.
No visit to Shanghai is complete without a relaxing walk along the Bund. There is a wide paved area between the Huangpu and Zhongshan Road East. Every building along the Bund is historic. Number 33 was the UK consulate but has been given new life as the Peninsula Hotel.
At number 13, the Customs House dates from the 1920s and has a copy of London’s Big Ben clock tower on it. The old Union Building at number 3 is now a plush shopping centre, while the old home of the China Shipping Merchant Company at number 9 houses an high-class Dolce & Gabbana outlet.
Hotels near Shanghai The Bund are conveniently situated for visits to other top city attractions. Yu Garden and God’s Temple are south along the Huangpu. The garden was laid out in a classic Chinese style 450 years ago. A moving stairway goes under the river to Pudong where the Natural Wild Insect Kingdom and the Oriental Pearl Tower viewpoint are among the delights.
Address and contact: Zhongshan Road East, Huangpu Quay, Shanghai
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Due to its premier location, there is a terrific choice of hotels near Shanghai The Bund. Most of the options are five-star rated, but there are a few three- and four-star ones too. The Jin Jiang Pacific is one of the lower starred ones and provides good value for money in this desirable Shanghai hotspot. A JW Marriott and the Fairmont Peace are two of the top luxury choices.
Shanghai The Bund hotels are mostly Art-Deco properties, or similar, and feature rooms and suites that look like those in a royal palace. In-room facilities are superb and usually include marble bathrooms with large tubs, sitting areas, mini-bars and cable television. Onsite amenities like spas, indoor swimming pools, gyms and upmarket restaurants ensure guests want for nothing.