The Bund is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. It starts from the Baidu Bridge, which is at the connecting point of the Huangpu River and the Suzhou Creek, to the East Jinling Road and winds a 1500 meters (less than one mile) length. Walking along the Bund, which is at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side and also the Jin Mao Tower.
Being one of the Top Ten Shanghai Attractions, the Bund is a really beautiful and special place which is worth visiting. The newly-built Flood Control Bank takes the function of preventing the oversize flood; the square with the statue of Marshal Chen Yi is an open air podium which gives new views of the Shanghai Plaza Culture; the Cenotaph which stands on the man-made island is a monument of people's heroes; the riverside greenbelt, the Electronic Waterfall Bell, and the Great Mural Carving are all representatives of the Bund.
The bund crowned to be the Old Shanghai Exotic building Clusters is the most famous tourist attraction of Shanghai, and someone considers it as the landmark of Shanghai and the witness of Shanghai history. It is an epitome of Shanghai in the past 150 years, and the show of the capitalism of old Shanghai. The Bund located at the connecting point of Huangpu River and Suzhou River is opposite to Pudong Lujiazui Financial District. It approximately is 1,800 meters from North Section of Suzhou Road to Jinling East Road, and the whole landform is like the shape of crescent. Visiting to Shanghai, the bund and its exotic building clusters are the must-see destinations. The spotlights for traveling the bund include: The Old Shanghai Exotic Building Clusters featuring 26 large buildings of western and china’s styles, Zhongshandongyilu(中山东一路) comprised of 10 roadways connecting the four directions of Shanghai, the featured fountains, city sculptures and virescence, the Lujiazui Financial District and the Lovers’ Wall of the Bund.
The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The Bund was the centre of Shanghai's politics, economy and culture hundreds of years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices were settled there, and that's why we have these art-like buildings. Although they were not designed by the same person or built in the same period, the architectural pattern is similar.
Speaking of Shanghai Bund International Architecture Exhibition, Asia Tower, Bank of China building, the Peace Hotel (South, North Building), Customs House, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank building takes pride of place in these buildings are, they reproduce the old "Far East Wall Street" style, which although not from the same building, a designer, it is not built in the same period, but they are basically building a unified tone, the overall contour line treatment amazing coordination. Whether it is looked over, or wander the meantime, can feel a kind of energetic, powerful, graceful, luxurious and momentum.
The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco (Shanghai has one of the richest collections of Art Deco architectures in the world). From the south, the main buildings are: The Asia Building - built in 1916 (No. 1, The Bund),originally the McBain Building, housed the Shanghai offices of Royal Dutch Shell and Asiatic Petroleum Company. The Shanghai Club Building - built in 1910 (No. 2, The Bund),which was the principal social club for British nationals in Shanghai. The Union Building - built in 1916 (No. 3, The Bund),housed a number of insurance companies. The Nissin Building - built in 1925(No. 5, The Bund),housed a Japanese shipping company before 1949. China Merchants Bank Building - built in 1897 (No. 6, The Bund), housed the first Chinese-owned bank in China. The Great Northern Telegraph Company Building - built in 1907 (No. 7, The Bund),now houses the The Bangkok Bank. The China Merchants Steam Navigation Company Building - built in 1901 (No. 9, The Bund),is the Bund's unique remaining example of neo-Classical external-corridor architecture of late Victorian era. The HSBC Building - built in 1923 (No. 12, The Bund),has been called "the most luxurious building from the Suez Canal to the Bering Strait. The Customs House - built in 1927 (No. 13, The Bund),is topped by a clock tower, which is eleven storeys or 90 metres tall. The Bank of Communications Building - built in 1948, (No. 14, The Bund),was the last building to be built on the Bund. It now houses the Shanghai Council of Trade Unions. The Russo-Chinese Bank Building - built in 1901, (No. 15, The Bund),is now Shanghai Foreign Exchange Trade Centre. The Bank of Taiwan Building - built in 1924, (No. 16, The Bund), is now the China Merchants Bank. The North China Daily News Building - built in 1921, (No. 17, The Bund),housed the most influential English-language newspaper in Shanghai at the time. Today it houses AIA Insurance. The Chartered Bank Building - built in 1923, (No. 18, The Bund),housed the Shanghai headquarters of the Standard Chartered Bank. The Peace Hotel (Palace Hotel and Sassoon House) - built in 1906 and 1929, (No. 19-20, The Bund),the South Building is the former Palace Hotel (No. 19, The Bund). The North Building is Sassoon House(No. 20, The Bund) The Bank of China Building - built in 1937, (No. 23, The Bund),housed the headquarters of the Bank of China. The stunted appearance of the building is attributed to Sassoon's insistence that no other building on the Bund could rise higher than his. The Yokohama Specie Bank Building - built in 1924 (No. 24, The Bund),is now the Industry and Commerce Bank of China building. The Yangtsze Insurance Association Building - built in 1916 (No. 26, The Bund), is now the Agricultural Bank of China. Jardine Matheson Building - built in 1920 (No. 27, The Bund),now is the called the foreign trade mansion. The Glen Line Building - built in 1922 (No. 28, The Bund),today houses the Shanghai Culture, Radio, Film and TV Bureau. The Banque de l'Indochine Building- built in 1914 (No. 29, The Bund),is now the Everbright Bank of China,Shanghai branch.