Sherry Ott traveled to China courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (www.cnto.org) and Wendy Wu Tours (www.wendywutours.com/china/USTOATravelTogether) as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) (www.ustoa.com), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more info on Sherry’s journey, visit the USTOA blog (http://ustoa.com/blog).
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.
If you approach the Bund from Nanjing Lu, make a left down the street and try to find the metal bull that replicates charging bull of Wall Street!
If you look like a tourist from a far off place, be prepared to have Chinese tourists and locals approach you for a friendly photo op!
Tip: Skip the taxi cab ride and take the metro. The metro stop is near by, cheap, and there are stops written in English
Along the western side of the Huangpu River, the Bund is a street of two dozen stately heritage buildings. Architecture buffs will find an array of late-19th- and early-20th-century styles here, from Gothic Revival to Art Deco. Among the most famous examples is the Peace Hotel, its copper pyramid roof now green with age. First opened in 1929 as the Cathay Hotel, it continues to operate as a hotel to this day (now managed by Fairmont). Take a moment to enter the former HSBC Building, at number 12, to admire its beautiful mosaic ceiling.