Promenade along The Bund
The Bund, a 1.3-kilometre promenade along the Huangpu River, is the most recognisable symbol of old Shanghai. It’s located in the former British Settlement area; a great place to start wandering is at the northern end at the Art Deco Broadway Mansions. From there, a veritable smorgasbord of building styles ensues, encompassing Gothic, Baroque and Beaux Arts among others. Visit just before sunset to witness the sun go down and the incredible light displays playing across buildings over the river in Pudong. If you visit during the day, pop into buildings along the way: the Astor House Hotel (1846) has a fascinating ground-floor museum; the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (1923) has a glorious mosaic-tiled ceiling that was preserved from destruction during the Cultural Revolution by a forward-thinking architect who covered it in stucco; and the Peace Museum at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (1929) has historical memorabilia including Art Deco furnishings, newspapers and photos of celebrity guests.