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Looking back at the Bund


THE Bund opened as the Treaty of Nanjing went into effect, opening Shanghai for trade with the Western world.


Shanghai Land Regulation was signed by Britain and Shanghai. It established the residential area for Britons in Shanghai as the region west of the Huangpu River and north of Yangjingbang River (today where Yan'an Road E. goes). It established the Lijiachang area (south of Beijing Road E.) where British businessmen could rent and build residences.


Huangputan Road was open at the Bund area with foreign businessmen's requests. The customs of the
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) moved to the Bund.


Waiyangjingbang Bridge was built on the Yangjingbang River (today's Yan'an Road E.) at the Bund. Wills Bridge was built at the north part of the Bund.


The British concession area expanded continuously, overseas capital flooded in. More than 40 foreign fi rms were set up along the Bund.


More than 61 foreign firms were operating on the Bund, which became the biggest finance and trade
center in the Far East.


Gas street lamps were installed on the Bund. Foreign firms used gas lamps for lighting.


The Municipal Committee built the Public Garden (now Huangpu Park) at the south Bund.


Shanghai Electric Construction Co began operation. Arc lights replaced gas light on the Bund.


The fi rst public bus line opened at the Bund.


The Bank of China, Shanghai Branch, opened on the Bund. There were 167 foreign- and China-invested banks and fi nancial institutions on the Bund. The Bund architectural complex was mostly complete.


Shanghai was liberated. All of the Bund architectural complexes were nationalized.


The lighting project for the Bund architectural complex began. Flood-lighting technology was used to perfect the Bund night scene.


Two flood control retaining walls, one for Huangpu Park and one for the Bund, were completed.


Monument to the People's Heroes was unveiled. Renovated Bund featured a 1,820- meter-long viewing platform.

Some foreigninvested banks, foreign-invested insurance companies and domestic financial institutions returned to the Bund.

The city decided to illuminate the Bund every night. In 1995 the lighting for more than 40 buildings was remote-controlled.


The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel linking the Bund and Pudong New Area opened on National Day. The tunnel was 647 meters long and the distance could be traveled in a few minutes.


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