Earlier in the day we walked through Nanjing Road to have lunch. We didn't really explore it because we were on our way to Tianzifang. After hanging out at Kommune Cafe we headed back to our hostel so we could charge our phones and grab jackets because it was getting chilly. After we headed back to the Bund to see the lights. To get to The Bund we had to cross the Waibaidu Bridge. This bridge is so gorgeous at night! Here you will see lots of couple taking their wedding photos on the bridge because it looks amazing.
After crossing the bridge you get to the beginning of The Bund. There is a large triangular structure, which is a memorial tower. It is called Monument to the People's Heros, built in 1993. It is dedicated to revolutionary martyrs and those who lost their lives fighting natural disasters.
Walking along The Bund all the old architectural buildings are lit up. As I mentioned on the previous post, these buildings consist of banks, hotels and stores.
The tall building with the lit up top is The Bund Center. The Bund Center houses office spaces for different companies.
My favourite thing was seeing the Shanghai skyline at night. You can see all the building lit up and illuminating on the river. The Pearl Tower always changes colours as well.
***Be patient, there are tons of people by the railing taking their 20 pictures. You will have to wait to get a good spot for your photos.
Jing Li really wanted to do the boat cruise, but I was very hesitant because I thought it was around $20. I checked online before my trip for ideas on what to do and came across expensive boat cruises along the Huangpu River. Little did I know there are public ferry rides for $2 one way.
The boat was packed. We were literally squished to the railings with people's arms on each side of us so they could get pictures. The ride was very short, about 6 mins so it was bearable. This is the best way to cross the river and to get a closer view of the skyline and buildings.
We did a roundtrip ferry ride which required us to get off the ferry to pay again and wait in line. You can always just stay on the other side and explore what ever is there before you come back. It was just cold and windy and we didn't want to be outside long. Instead, we walked to Nanjing. On the way there we came across a temple in a building.
Nanjing Road is the most popular shopping area in Shanghai at about 5.5 km. It is mostly a pedestrianized shopping street. They have popular brands like Nike, H&M, Zara, etc. There are a lot of people who follow you around trying to sell you watches and toys, so be aware and be firm and tell them you are not interested so they leave you alone and not follow you throughout the area.
At night there are still lots of people around because there are places still open. Nanjing is not just for shopping they have theatres, cinemas, bars & clubs. I've also seen the largest Zara ever here!
It's pretty fancy looking. I love the renaissance looking buildings. If you don`t want to shop you can always people watch. That`s always interestingly fun!
-- Take subway line 2 (green line) and alight at East or West Nanjing Road.
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