By Karen Espig
Industrial giant Shanghai is one of the world’s largest seaports and a major Chinese commercial hub. The country’s most populated city at 24,870,895 is now a far cry from its modest roots as a small fishing village in the 7th century CE.
But, fascinating history and unique cultural flavour aside, why should you visit?
Originally consisting of trading houses and offices to support port activities, The Bund is a 1,500-metre embankment on the Huangpu River. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, financial institutions, corporate offices, luxury hotels, and nightclubs moved in. The two-dozen or so buildings here bring an eclectic collection of western architecture thanks to the American and British influences in its construction.
Enjoy this fascinating architectural district by strolling along its length, taking a cruise on the Huangpu River, or joining the locals for Tai Chi early in the morning!
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