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The Bund & People's Square

This elegant 1922 neoclassical building served as the office of a British shipping company before being occupied by the Japanese during WWII and serving as an interim German consulate (directly opposite the British embassy at No 27). Following the war it was briefly the US consulate before becoming the headquarters for Shanghai People's radio station during the Cultural Revolution. Today it's the office for Shanghai Clearing House.

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Nearby The Bund & People's Square attractions

1. 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…

2. 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…

3. Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

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A 647m voyage with entertainment including budget effects, garish lighting and dreadful props, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is a transport mode guaranteed…

4. Yokohama Specie Bank

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One of several buildings along the Bund designed by British architecture firm Palmer & Turner, the Yokohama Specie Bank was built in 1924 mixing…

5. Bank of China Building

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Originally established in 1897, the Bank of China relocated its headquarters from Beijing to Shanghai in the 1920s. Although the bank has occupied this…

6. 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…

7. 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…

8. Peace Gallery

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This intriguing little museum, in essence a long room stuffed with period objects and photos relating to the colourful history of the Peace Hotel, is an…