One of the very first things to do when visiting Shanghai is to make a trip to The Bund. Sure, you can see it at any time of the day, and it will be memorable. But go there first thing in the morning to really get a spectacular glimpse into Shanghai life.
As the sun starts peeking through the futuristic skyscrapers across the Huangpu River, people start arriving at The Bund to do all sorts of activities. There are photographers lining the rails to get the shot of the skyscrapers. Chinese, young and old, begin their day with light exercise up and down The Bund. You might even catch a Tai Chi class under way. There are also plenty of kites early in the morning. This gentleman was proud to show up with his handmade kite, featuring the Olympic Rings in the spirit of the games.
The Bund is a can't-miss scene in Shanghai. At night, it is absolutely packed with people getting a glimpse of the skyscrapers. In the morning, it is very laid back, and makes a perfect start to your day.