Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in The Bund & People's Square

The Bund

Symbolic of concession-era Shànghǎi, the Bund was the city’s Wall Street, a place of feverish trading and fortunes made and lost. Originally a towpath for dragging barges of rice, the Bund (an Anglo-Indian term for …
Top Choice Museum in The Bund & People's Square

Shànghǎi Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Set over five levels, this modern museum covers Shànghǎi's urban planning history, tracing its development from swampy fishing village to modern-day megacity. Its mix of photography, models and interactive multimedi…
Top Choice Museum in The Bund & People's Square

Shànghǎi Museum

This must-see museum escorts you through the craft of millennia and the pages of Chinese history. It's home to one of the most impressive collections in the land: take your pick from the archaic green patinas of the…
Museum in The Bund & People's Square

Rockbund Art Museum

Housed in the magnificent former Royal Asiatic Society building (1932) – once Shànghǎi's first museum – this world-class gallery behind the Bund focuses on contemporary Chinese and international art, with rotating e…
Notable Building in The Bund & People's Square

Custom House

The neoclassical Custom House, established at this site in 1857 and rebuilt in 1927, is one of the most important buildings on the Bund. Capping it is Big Ching, a bell modelled on London’s Big Ben. Clocks were by n…
Area in The Bund & People's Square

Yuanmingyuan Road

Like a smaller, more condensed version of the Bund, the pedestrianised, cobblestone Yuanmingyuan Rd is lined with a mishmash of colonial architecture. Running parallel with the Bund, just one block back, the road fe…
Area in The Bund & People's Square

East Nanjing Road

Linking the Bund with People’s Square is East Nanjing Rd, once known as Nanking Rd. The first department stores in China opened here in the 1920s, when the modern machine age – with its new products, automobiles, ar…
Park in The Bund & People's Square

People’s Park

Occupying the site of the colonial racetrack (which became a holding camp during WWII), People’s Park is a green refuge from Shànghǎi’s fume-ridden roads. It's home to the Shànghǎi Museum of Contemporary Art, pond-s…
Historic Building in The Bund & People's Square

Jardine Matheson

Standing at No 27 on the Bund is the former headquarters of early opium traders Jardine Matheson, which went on to become one of the most powerful trading houses in Hong Kong and Shànghǎi. Also known as EWO, it was …
Gallery in The Bund & People's Square

BANK

Hidden down a side street without fanfare is this wonderful contemporary art gallery in a dilapidated former bank union building (c 1929). Set up by a New Yorker, BANK holds shows every two months, exhibiting all ar…