- 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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