FAQ on the Bund, Shanghai

As a must-see scenic spot in Shanghai, the Bund attracts many tourists every day with delightful scenery and the buildings in this area! This is a good place not only for sightseeing, but also for relaxing and exercising. At night, the buildings of Gothic, Romanesque and baroque styles on the Bund are like crystal palaces to provide an ideal place for lovers’ dating. Apart from that, the historic facts of the buildings are the purpose of some visitors.

Pudong Seen from the Bund
Pudong Seen from the Bund

 Where is the Bund? 
 It lies along the west bank (Puxi) of Huangpu River, Huangpu District of Shanghai. Starting from East Yan’an Road and ending at Garden Bridge on the Suzhou River, the Bund is around 1,500 m (4,921 ft) long.


 What’s the fact of the Bund to endow it with very outstanding charm? 
 The fascinating scenery makes it a must-go destination for all visitors. It presents many distinctive western-style buildings and such is honored as the “World Expo of Architecture”. Around fifty buildings of western styles stand on the west side and the Huangpu River is on the east. Visitors usually prefer to view the nice landscape of the Huangpu River from the Bund. The panoramic view of skyscrapers in Pudong seen from here is also fascinating.

 Is there an admission fee to visit the Bund? How long do you think I should spend there? 
 No, it is free. Generally, 1.5-2 hours is enough with the purpose of sightseeing.

 What are the opening hours and what is the best time to visit?
 It is open all day and is an all-year-round attraction. The scenery during the daytime and nighttime is so different. The regular buildings and surroundings of the daytime seem to turn into pearl crystal palaces at night under lights. The night cruise on the Huangpu River is also worth a try.
 What are the buildings on the Bund to bring it the honor of World Expo of Architecture?
 They were first built for financial and international trade purposes. Now they are used as the banks, hotels, exclusive clubs, press organizations and headquarters of international concerns. For a detailed introduction of each building, see Buildings on the Bund.
 Am I allowed to visit the building complex? Are they all free or not?
 Yes, you are, but not for all. Some of them are for public use like banks and hotels and some are used as government offices. You are allowed to visit the public ones for free.
The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai
Huangpu River
Huangpu River

 Are there other worthy attractions around the area?
 Nanjing Road comes first, which is the most famous pedestrian in Shanghai. On the opposite bank of the Huangpu River, you can enjoy Shanghai’s landmarks: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Tower, World Financial Center and Jinmao Tower. In addition, the nearby Huangpu Park and Lover Wall are also interesting.
 Is cruise a good way to view the scenery? If yes, where can I take it?
 Yes, it is.  Huangpu River Cruise is recommended. Buy a cruise ticket on the spot at New Shiliupu Port. The exact boarding addresses are Shiliupu Port at Area A, No. 501, East Zhongshan 2nd Road (near Longhuang Hotel and Dongmen Road), Qinhuangdao Port at No. 32, Qinhangdao Road (near Yangshupu Road) and No. 307, Waimalu (near East Fuxing Road).
 What can I see on the cruise? How much does it cost and what is the duration please? 
 You will see many great things on board. It costs CNY128-188 per person and takes around 90min for sightseeing. The viewing route is as follows:
The Bund – Yangpu Bridge direction - World Financial Center – Jinmao Tower – Shangri-la Hotel – Shanghai International Convention Center – Nanpu Bridge – Oriental Pearl TV Tower – Shanghai Bay International Passenger Transport Center –Garden Bridge – Monument to People's Heroes – Peace Hotel – Customs House – Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD Bank) – Bund Observatory - …… - the Bund
 How can I reach Pudong on the opposite side of the Huangpu River? How about directions to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower? 
 Two ways are recommended:
1. There are ferryboats in operation between East Jinling Road Ferry Dock along the Bund in Puxi and Dongchang Road Ferry Dock in Pudong, costing only CNY2/person. After getting to Dongchang Road, walk 10-15 minutes to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
2. Take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel at Chen Yi Square on the Bund in Puxi. After 3-5 minutes, you will get to Pudong. Then the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is right in front of you. It costs CNY45/person for a single journey and CNY55/person for a round trip in this way.
 How to get to the Bund from the airport or the railway station?
 From Pudong airport (PVG), you are advised to take local subway line 2 to East Nanjing Road first and leave from Exit 7. Then you can walk to the Bund easily. The subway takes around 80 minutes and costs CNY7/person. If you have limited time, take maglev to Longyang Road Station in around 8 minutes (Maglev fare is CNY50/person for a single journey). Afterwards transfer to subway line 2 to East Nanjing Road and walk to the Bund.

From Hongqiao Airport and Hongqiao Railway Station, use subway line 2 to get there.

From Shanghai Railway Station, take local subway line 1 to People’s Square Station. Then transfer to line 2 to East Nanjing Road to proceed as above.
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- Last updated on Nov. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on FAQ on the Bund, Shanghai
Asked by Sandee from UNITED STATES | Jan. 18, 2018 19:47Reply
How to the Peace Hotel from Shanghai International Cruise Port?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma | Jan. 19, 2018 01:43

So you refer to the Fairmont Peace Hotel? Well, they are about 2km apart. You can take a bus. Walk to Dongchangzhi Road Lvshun Road and take no. 868. Get off at East Zhongshan 1st Road East Beijing Road. Then you can spot the hotel.
Asked by Sandra Farrer from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 14, 2018 15:30Reply
Airport transfer from Pudong Airport to the Bund
I am coming to Shanghai pudong airport in March and staying at a hotel on south bound street. Will it be cheaper getting a taxi from airport or the hotel, own transfer.
Thank youSandra
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Answered by Reina from GERMANY | Jan. 14, 2018 19:17

As I know, the taxi fare is around 160RMB. You are suggested to take subway line 2 to Nanjing Rd (E), which is about 1km west to the bund, and it costs 7RMB. After getting there, you can take a taxi with a fare of about 15RMB.
Answered by Sandra farrer from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 15, 2018 10:08

Thank you. I have mobility problems so travel with a collapsible electirc scooter so it will have to be a car or taxi. Thank you for a rough guide to cost
Asked by Jane from CANADA | Dec. 04, 2016 18:22Reply
Directions from Maixin Boutique Hotel to the Bund
I will be in Shanghai on December 17 and want to travel from the Maixin Boutique Hotel at No. 399 Ghuanhuan South Road, Chuansha Town, Pudong New District to The Bund in the evening. We will be 2 adults and 2 children. What is the best way to get there. Also, what would be the best way from this hotel to Disneyland.

Thank you
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Answered by Edgar from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 04, 2016 19:47

I see. You refer to the Maixinge Boutique Hotel. Well, subway is recommended. Walk to Chuansha Station and take line 2 to East Nanjing Road. Get out of exit 3 and you can walk there within 10min or so.

To the Disneyland, you have two options:
1. Take a taxi to reach directly with CNY40-50.
2. Walk from the hotel to Chuansha Road South Chuanhuan Road bus stop and take bus Pudong Line 50. Get off at Nangongjiaoshuniu stop and the distance to the resort will be within 0.7mi. You four can share a taxi to get there.
Asked by MOLLAT from SWITZERLAND | Feb. 21, 2016 09:07Reply
How to go from the Cruise International port to the Shanghai Pudong airport?
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Answered by Jim from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 21, 2016 21:53

Take metro line 12 from International Cruise Teminal to Dalian Road Station. Next, change to metro line 4 to Century Avenue. Then, transfer to metro line 2 to PVG. :)
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