Must-sees along the North Bund
The Bund in Shanghai, with its unique history and unrivalled views of the spectacular Lujiazui skyline across the Huangpu River, has long been one of the must-see sightseeing spots in China, let alone Shanghai.
But if you walk just a few steps to the north, you can escape from the crowds and enjoy a tranquil and amazing riverside view.
This is the North Bund, stretching from Dalian Road to North Henan Road. You can explore some of Shanghai’s most historic buildings while overlooking the skyscrapers on the opposite bank.
Here are some places you cannot miss along the North Bund.
Founded in 1846, Astor House has played witness to the city's 170-year history as a commercial port. [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]
Astor House Hotel
Founded in 1846, Astor House has played witness to the city's dramatic 170-year history. It was the first hotel to receive investment from Western merchants in China and was conceived as a mixture of Victorian and Baroque styles.
The first electric light in China is said to have been switched on there in 1882, and the country's first-ever telephone was connected in the hotel that same year.
The Broadway Mansions Hotel boasts an unrivalled view of the city's two most important waterways and the historic Garden Bridge. [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]
Broadway Mansions Hotel
The Broadway Mansions Hotel was built in 1934 by a British businessman, and was famous for being the first modern skyscraper to be constructed in Shanghai.
The art deco tower has acted as the backdrop for much of the city's turbulent history. Occupied by the Japanese in 1937, then commandeered as the headquarters of the American occupying force in 1945, before becoming the battleground for a final showdown between the Communists and the Kuomintang four years later.
Perched at the intersection of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek, the hotel also boasts an unrivalled view of the city's two most important waterways and the historic Garden Bridge, where you can often see ten couples or more taking wedding photos at a time.
Binjiang Green Land offers vast lawns and splendid riverside views. [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]
Binjiang Green Land
Located in the central area of Huangpu River, Binjiang Green Land is a paradise for visitors to take a rest, roam around the garden's vast lawn and soak up the excellent views of the Oriental Pearl Tower on the opposite bank of the river.
Shanghai Port Cruise Terminal, nicknamed "One Drop of Water" due to its shape and blue-tinted glass facade, is also a must-see.
The Shanghai Postal Museum provides a good overview of the history of the postal services in China. [Photo from WeChat account shanghaitourism]
Shanghai Postal Museum
One of the city's rare free museums, Shanghai Postal Museum provides a good overview of the history of the postal services in China. The exhibits include concession-period post marks, clay seals and postage stamps.
Venture up to the beautiful baroque rooftop to find a sculpted garden with a Romanesque clock tower and one of the city's best low-level views: looking west up Suzhou Creek and east towards the Pudong skyline with the art deco Broadway Mansions Hotel in front.