Yesterday morning, Mike and I got up bright and early from jet lag so we got an early start. Wide awake at 6am. It’s pretty cold in Shanghai right now; high is around 42F and low is in the 30s. Feels like it was in the 30s all day! We had to bust out the long underwear and layers of jackets already.
We took a stroll along the Bund, which is the iconic boulevard along the Huangpu River. One side looks as if you’ve transported yourself to Europe (minus all the Chinese flags flying atop buildings); the other side across the river in Pudong looks like you’re in a sci-fi movie with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
The Huangpu side consists of many buildings built in the early 1900s, mostly with Art Deco style architecture—my favorite! The highlight was definitely the Peace Hotel (formerly Cathay Hotel) which has an amazing Art Deco interior and was the place to be seen in 1920s Shanghai. The inside was breathtaking, with tin relief murals and beautiful glass work. They also have live jazz most nights.
The Customs House further south on The Bund was another highlight. Inside the front doors is a dome covered with mosaics that depict every city the old Shanghai and Hong Kong bank had locations. There is also a fantastic glass domed skylight running the length of the building. I wasn’t allowed the take photos in the building.
The last time I came with my mom, it was raining, so we didn’t get to stroll along the Bund. We were lucky with sun and blue skies this time, so it made for a nice morning walk!