Former British Consulate

The Bund & People's Square

The original British Consulate was one of the first foreign buildings to go up in Shanghai in 1852, though it was destroyed in a fire and replaced with the current structure in 1873. Now renovated, it is used as a financiers' club and restaurant, No 1 Waitanyuan, which serves high tea. Also within the grounds are the former Consul’s Residence (1884) – now a flagship Patek Philippe store – and several century-old magnolia trees.

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Nearby The Bund & People's Square attractions

1. Yuanmingyuan Road

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Like a smaller, more condensed version of the Bund, the pedestrianised, cobblestone Yuanmingyuan Rd is lined with a mishmash of colonial architecture…

2. Levant Art

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In the Rockbund district, this commercial gallery is devoted to contemporary sculpture by Chinese and overseas artists.

3. Rockbund Art Museum

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Housed in the magnificent former Royal Asiatic Society building (1932) – once Shanghai's first museum – this world-class gallery behind the Bund focuses…

4. Huangpu Park

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China’s first ever public park (1886) achieved lasting notoriety for its apocryphal ‘No Dogs or Chinese allowed’ sign. The park today is blighted by the…

5. Art + Shanghai

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This riverside gallery shows mainly local artists and is a good place to get a feel for the contemporary Chinese art scene.

6. Banque de l'Indochine Building

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Built in 1914, this French Baroque–style building was originally the Banque de l'Indochine Building. Today it's a Chinese bank with a lavish lobby you can…

7. Glen Line Steamship Co.

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This elegant 1922 neoclassical building served as the office of a British shipping company before being occupied by the Japanese during WWII and serving…

8. Jardine Matheson

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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…