The Bund (Wai Tan)
The north section of the 700m/one mile long raised embankment beside the Huangpu River, The Bund. Photo by Jim. The neon blue tower is Dongfang Mingzhuta or Pearl of the Orient Tower, a 468 meter high communications tower.
Walking the Bund at both night and day is one of Shanghai’s a must-dos. This promenade is on the west bank of the Huangpu river, centred on Zhongshan Road, and lined with many old colonial buildings, while across the river is the business district of Pudong where architects have let rip with ever-taller, madly-lit buildings in great contrast to the limited heights and classical styles along the Bund.
Make a note to avoid the Bund on New Year’s Eve and other important Chinese festivals as December 31 2014 saw a stampede there due to overcrowding panic that killed 36 people and injured many more.
Boating on the Huangpu River
Shanghai lights up brilliantly in the evenings and can be viewed cheaply by taking a simple ferry trip. No need to pay dinner cruise prices when you can jump on a ferry, buy a drink, stand at the rail and enjoy the lights.
If you want the full monty then cruises usually last an hour or 90 minutes. If you want to take one consider trying for 6: 30 p. m. so you see 30/40 minutes of Shanghai by day and 30/40 minutes by night as the lights come on about 7p. m.
The premier river sight is Pudong ‘scrapers at night but the west bank colonial buildings are also attractive.