History of The bund at Shanghai
This is the name of the pedestrian promenade that runs along the east bank of the Huangpu River. Its name means muddy bank in Anglo-Urdu; The Chinese call it Waitan: the bank of strangers. It is 1.5 km long, runs parallel to Zhongshan Road and runs from Yan'an Road to Waibaidu Bridge . Zhongshan Road is the boulevard that runs alongside the former international concession: it contains 12 historic buildings. The International Concession had been forcibly obtained by the Europeans at the end of the Opium War. They had been able to build many buildings there: consulates, palaces, housing, administration, industrial and commercial buildings. The Bund was located along the harbor which had an intense activity. From the 30s of the 20th century, many military personnel stationed there and commercial activity intensified: imports of all kinds of goods and export of products made by European companies in China. New buildings were built in the style of the era: banks, hotels, housing. During the communist period, all foreigners had to leave and the neighborhood froze: no new constructions in a neighborhood that the Chinese had not appreciated due to the total foreign control; But they destroyed nothing, so that after 1980 they were able to restore the buildings and thus recreate a neighborhood of historical and tourist interest. Today, you can admire many neoclassical and art-deco buildings, tiled in colonial style, and find a page of history. Shops and luxury hotels, trendy bars and restaurants could not fail to settle in, thus banishing part of the Zhongshan Road.
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