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Asia Building (Asiatic Petroleum Building)

---The Historic Buildings of The Bund in Shanghai

The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (East Zhongshan 1st Road), is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The 1,700-meters (1,859 yards) long flood-control wall, known as 'the lovers' wall', located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River and once was the most romantic corner in Shanghai in the last century. After renovation, the monotone concrete buildings that lovers leaned against in the past have been improved into hollowed-out railings full of romantic atmosphere. Standing by the railings, visitors can have a 'snap-shot' view of the scenery of Pudong Area and Huangpu River.

It is said that if you visit Shanghai and fail to visit the Bund, then you've not really seen China. The Bund, an epitome of Shanghai's history is one of the most prominent architectural features of the city. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu river. Many banks and financial institutions opened their offices here, making the Bund the financial capital of Asia. The buildings that should specifically be on your lookout-list are the old Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Bank of China, the Peace Hotel and the Customs House.

A stroll along The Bund in Shanghai will reveal a rich mix of architectural styles that demonstrate the wealth and power of the foreign companies in China at the time


Built in 1916 and regarded as 'the first mansion', it is originally the McBain Building and housed the Shanghai offices of Royal Dutch Shell and the Asiatic Petroleum Company in the past. It is currently used by China Pacific Insurance Co. Ltd. It has eight floors and its building area is about 11,984 square meters while covering an area of 1,739 square meters. With an eclectic style, the exterior of the building is divided into three horizontal parts and three upright parts. Both the bottom and upper parts are in Baroque style, while the middle part is in modernist architectural style. The building is gorgeous and elegant.

中山东一路1号HOTLINE oo View Mapoo Taxi Printoutoo write comment[Tags]+ add to my tagsThe Asia Building was completed in 1916, originally the McBain Building, housed the Shanghai offices of Royal Dutch Shell and Asiatic Petroleum Company.