Bund International Architecture Exhibition

Bund International Architecture Exhibition

Located west of Huangpu River, the Bund International Architecture Exhibition is actually a part of the Bund area with an elegant architectural complex. This architecture exhibition begins from Garden Bridge(or Waibudu Bridge) of Shanghai in the north and ends at Jinling Donglu in the south. The overall length is 1.5 km.

Most buildings here have a history of about 100 years and are built in the styles of Eclecticism and Baroque; nearly all the buildings contain Ionic order pillars which present people a serious atmosphere. Local people regard these buildings as a symbolic architecture collection in Shanghai.

History: Originally, the present Bund area was bottomland north of the Shanghai old city. In 1840, Shanghai was opened to the outside world as one of China’s five trading ports. Then more than 530,000 square meters of land in Shanghai including the Bund area was taken over by the British and the British Concession was established here in 1845. In 1849, more than 650,000 square meters land south of the British Concession was taken over by the French and the French Concession was established here. The Bund area was occupied by the British and the French till the 1940s. They constructed the Bund area in their unique styles and made the Bund the earliest developed and the most prosperous part of Shanghai. From the late 19th century, many foreign-funded banks and Chinese banks were established here, which made it the financial center of Shanghai, or as some called, “ the Wall Street of the East”. Thus, the Bund area was praised as the geomantic and treasured site. Owning a piece of land here was not only the symbol of wealth, but also a badge of fame. Lots of trading companies and financial firms squandered money on the construction and decoration of their office buildings here. Architects throughout the world brought their talents into full play so as to make this area a kaleidoscope of architectures. For the past hundreds of years, the Bund has presented itself to the world as the symbol of Shanghai.
What to See/Do: Till now, there are 23 buildings (originally 52)of various styles in exist. Here we only list several important and magnificent ones for your reference.
Shanghai Club Building: Shanghai Club Building was once the activity area of British residents during 1920’s and 1930’s, therefore it is also called British Club. It was built in 1910 in the style of Renaissance, but the interior design imitated the style of Japanese imperial palace. Now it has been listed in Shanghai cultural relics protection list.
Asia Building: Asia Building was built in 1916. It is a building with eight storeys and covers an area of 1,739 square meters. This grand building combines the style of Eclecticism, Baroque and Modernism, which looks very magnificent.
Union Building: Completed in 1916, this building was called Union Building as it belonged to America Union Bank. It was also built in the styles of Ionic and Baroque, which gives people a peaceful feeling.
Address: Zhongshan Dongyilu, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening time: It is open the whole day.
Public transport: take bus No. 33, 55, 65, 123, 135, 145, 305, 317, 576, 805 or 934; get off at Zhongshan Dongyilu Hankoulu stop.

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