Analysis: Shanghai’s Bund Gets Mixed Reviews (Part II)

Here is my honest appraisal. The Bund has not been turned into the Champs-Elysees of the East. Not by a long shot. The exterior of the Peace Hotel and the former Shanghai Club, now the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, both look fantastic. Jobs well done. Other projects – such as 18 at the Bund and the Roosevelt …

Analysis: Shanghai’s Bund Gets Mixed Reviews (Part I)

On my first visit to Shanghai several years ago, the Bund was looking a bit worse for wear. On my second trip to Shanghai a couple of years later, there were hopeful signs. I interviewed a developer, and he informed me that a complete restoration of the Bund – returning it to its pre-Liberation glory …

The Long Bar at the Shanghai Club Reopens

At the height of Empire, the Shanghai Club took pride of place along the Bund, not far from the old headquarters of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the most imposing stone edifice along the prestigious waterfront strip. Constructed by the British, it was an "old boys' club"  (as the British would say), and the most …

Shanghai: Peace Hotel, Here We Come!

  Michael Taylor toured the Peace Hotel during his first visit to Shanghai several years ago - but he didn't actually stay there. He visted its public areas, and the place was dripping with what he thinks of as "shabby chic". Michael had dinner at the Peace Hotel's Chinese restaurant with friends he met on the trip. Then …

Shanghai Hotels: Waldorf Astoria Opens 252 Room Annex

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the city's legendary Bund opens on 18 December 2010. It is the tower annex of the hotel, which was launched in a heritage building in September. The two wings of the hotel are connected by a courtyard. The Waldorf Astoria Club has 20 suites in a heritage building on the waterfront. …

Waldorf Astoria: the Long Bar in Shanghai Gets a New Lease of Life

When Richard Nixon visited the Great Wall during his historic visit to China in 1972, he famously commented, “This is a great wall!” You cannot help but wonder what he would have said if he been shown the Long Bar in the Shanghai Club on the Bund in Shanghai. I'm not sure what exactly became …

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