Friday, April 16, 2010

THE BUND . . .

The Bund is a famous waterfront and has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years.  It runs along the Huangpu River and is about 1500 meters.  It is considered one of the Top Ten Shanghai Attractions.   Before the 1840's the Bund was just a muddy narrow lane with tall reeds.  Shanghai was established as the trading port in 1846.  After that, a street was paved and the bank was reinforced.  Commercial buildings were built.  It was the center of Shanghai's politics, economy and culture, hundreds of years ago.  Consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices settled there.

The Bund underwent a 2 year renovation and just re-opened at the end of March.

I told you about Tomb Sweeping Day earlier this week.  It's a holiday here in China.  For some unknown reason, we decided to visit The Bund ON. THAT. DAY!  Don't ask me what we were thinking, because we obviously weren't!  We spent about 30 minutes there and then took the underground tunnel back to Pudong.  We'd had enough!  You wouldn't BELIEVE the number of people there!

I was holding the camera up and just taking pictures.
 
Look at the amount of people!
 
 People EVERYWHERE!
 
 The red hat up in front of me is Ryan!
 Those are some of the buildings along The Bund
 
Unfortunately it was REALLY cloudy, so the pictures didn't turn 
out as well as I'd hoped they would.
This is looking across the Huangpu River.
This is the Pearl Tower.  It's on the Pudong side.  I'll tell you more about it later.  It's also called the "TV Tower"
What a ham!
This is on the Pudong side, looking over to the Puxi side.
I'm sure I'm a little biased, but what a cutie!
My little Princess!
Can you believe she sat still that long?!

1 comment:

MEKremer said...

It looks like a beautiful place. You always said Andrew was going to be your class clown. Sarah looks just like you, especially with her pony tails. Can't wait to see all of you