The Bund 2.0: Rebirth of a Shanghai Icon

Bund Ah, spring is now upon us, and this rabbit enjoys the greenery all around; it is a time for rebirth! In Shanghai, one of the most iconic symbols of the city—The Bund—experienced a rebirth of its own. On March 28th, after nearly three years of renovations, the Bund reopened to the public. On that Sunday, scores of locals and tourists alike took their first stroll along the renovated 2,000-meter riverside promenade.

The project wrapped up just in time for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Visitors will surely experience a more functional Bund as they marvel at the aesthetic buildings built in the early 20th century. This certainly is not a cheap venture either; the restoration is part of Shanghai’s overall RMB 300 billion World Expo investment.

Han Zheng, the mayor of Shanghai, pointed out some of the more notable changes to the riverfront:

  • Area for public activities increased by roughly 40 percent; the Bund can now accommodate up to 800,000 visitors on peak days.
  • Six-lane tunnel built beneath the Bund to mitigate traffic congestion on surface streets.
  • Improvements to the public transport network and the flood-control infrastructure.
  • Tree plantings along the banks of the river and installation of 2,000 park benches.

Video: Revamped Shanghai Bund open to public—CCTV

This rabbit is not too keen on ripping out a lot of the original greenery. However, the large open spaces makes the Bund seem more unified and accessible. The Bund is an iconic symbol of Shanghai, and the project will preserve and promote the city’s cultural heritage while improving urban infrastructure for the city. In fact, you can even say it is grander than it used to be.

So, what do you think? Is this Shanghai’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Elysees? Shanghai is the “Paris of the East” after all.

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