Park Hotel

The Bund & People's Square

Designed by Hungarian architect Ladislaus Hudec and erected as a bank in 1934, the Park Hotel was Shanghai’s tallest building until the 1980s, when shoulder-padded architects first started squinting hopefully in the direction of Pudong. Back in the days when building height had a different meaning, it was said your hat would fall off if you looked at the roof.

Peruse the foyer for its art deco overture. A short walk east along Nanjing Rd is the Pacific Hotel, formerly the China United Apartment Building, also equipped with some lovely lobby details.

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Nearby The Bund & People's Square attractions

1. Madame Tussauds

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2. Shanghai History Museum

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3. Good Eighth Company Mural

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4. People’s Park

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5. Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art

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6. Tomorrow Square

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7. Moore Memorial Church

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