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The Bund picture in Shanghai
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  • 5 blocks of Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (between Jinling Lu and Suzhou Creek, Huangpu)
    Shanghai, China
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  • Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Shanghai's picturesque waterfront, known as "the Bund," is where you'll find those classic skyline photo ops. With the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and other skyscrapers standing across the Huangpu River, the view (on a clear day) stuns. And behind you, gorgeous European-style buildings housing restaurants and shops (Nanjing Road is just around the corner) line the waterfront boulevard, affording plenty of activities.

Though a gateway to other attractions, the views from the Bund were the only thing on most travelers minds. Visitors consistently report being in complete awe of Shanghai's skyline, so much so that some said skipping this attraction would be like skipping the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Most agreed the best time is to go at night  the skyscrapers illuminated in different colors create an unbeatable photo op. Not only that, but smog can occur during the day, and depending on the weather, can hinder one's first-time viewing experience. But whichever time you decide to visit, know that many other people want to experience this picture perfect moment too  so expect crowds around the clock. And considering the immense tourist traffic the Bund receives, vendors and pesky hawkers set up shop here too. 

You have a variety of ways to reach the Bund, which occupies the west riverbank in central Shanghai. You can walk from the East Nanjing Road or the Yuyuan Garden metro stations or hail a taxi, as every driver will know where it is. One picturesque alternative: Taking a river cruise from the Pudong side of the river to the Puxi side, where the Bund resides. You can visit anytime, day or night, and there is no charge. For more information, consult the Shanghai Tourism Board's website.

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#1 The Bund Shanghai's picturesque waterfront, known as "the Bund," is where you'll find those classic skyline photo ops. With the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and ... Read more » Matteao Colombo / Getty Images

#2 Shanghai Museum Located on the People's Square near Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Museum is hard to miss thanks to its distinct architecture (a circular building atop a square foundation) and remarkable ... Read more » John W Banagan / Getty Images

#3 Zhujiajiao Located 29 miles west of downtown lies the Venice of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao. This ancient water town saw its heyday during the Ming Dynasty, when its success as a commercial hub resulted ... Read more » bernotto / Getty Images

#4 Shanghai World Financial Center Resembling a gigantic bottle opener, the Shanghai World Financial Center stands as one of the world's tallest buildings, glittering majestically on the skyline. Competing with the Oriental Pearl TV ... Read more » zorazhuang / Getty Images

#5 Yuyuan Garden Dating back to the 16th century, the 5-acre Yuyuan Garden is the city's most revered green space. The garden took nearly 20 years to completely construct and was initially ... Read more » Top Photo Corporation / Getty Images

#6 Longhua Temple As Shanghai's oldest and largest religious complex, Longhua Temple is a natural tourist attraction, drawing droves of travelers. The temple was built in the 10th century and is named ... Read more » Christoph Dietrich / Getty Images

#7 Jade Buddha Temple One of the city's most popular attractions, the Jade Buddha Temple impresses visitors with its legion of statues. The temple was originally built to house two jade statues brought ... Read more » OSTILL / Getty Images

#8 Shanghai Maglev It's simple: The Shanghai Maglev is one of the fastest passenger trains in the world. Traveling at about 270 miles per hour, this train is the adult equivalent of ... Read more » Nikada / Getty Images

#9 Oriental Pearl TV Tower As Shanghai's most recognizable landmark, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower occupies a prominent place on the city's landscape. Standing tall in the Pudong district, the structure features one ... Read more » IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd. / Getty Images

#10 Nanjing Road Whether or not you have money to burn, consider visiting Nanjing Road to witness the hustle and bustle of Chinese commerce. The Shanghai equivalent of New York's Fifth Avenue ... Read more » Rolf Bruderer / Getty Images

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The Bund is a riverfront boardwalk offering the perfect photo op for Shanghai's skyline.  Matteao Colombo / Getty Images

The Shanghai Museum's interior are as interesting as its unique exterior. John W Banagan / Getty Images

You'll find charming bridges and canals around every corner in the Venice of Shanghai, or Zhujiajiao. bernotto / Getty Images

Some people say this landmark building looks like the world's largest bottle-opener. zorazhuang / Getty Images

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You'll find these curious statuettes at the Longhua Temple. Christoph Dietrich / Getty Images

There are many Buddha statues at this temple, but the jade statues (including the one pictured above) steal the show.  OSTILL / Getty Images

The Shanghai Maglev is the fastest passenger train in the world. Nikada / Getty Images

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is perhaps Shanghai's most recognizable landmark.  IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd. / Getty Images

Some recent visitors compare the flash and flare of this shopping street to Las Vegas.  Rolf Bruderer / Getty Images

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