One of the first spots that everyone wants to see when they visit Shanghai is the Bund. This is a one mile stretch in the Huangpu district, lining the West side of the Huangpu River, consisting of many historical building. Programatically, most of these buildings are banks, translating architecturally to a classical style.
This area is most famous though, for taking pictures of Pudong (still within the Huangpu district), the area just to the East of Huangpu River. This is where you can get a great view of the Shanghai skyline, highlighted by the Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Standing on the bund is not only a place for great photo-ops, but there is also a great contrast between the classical foundation of Shanghai on the West side, and the more modern contemporary style on the East side.
In terms of seeing the sights, one of the nice things about going to the Bund, is that it doesn’t cost anything. You can pick a spot, stay there for several hours and watch the skyline transform as day turns to-night. We got there just before sunset and got to see the lights come on in the city which was pretty spectacular. However, if you are looking for a meal or a place to get a drink, this is one of the more pricey areas in the city, so come prepared.