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 …

Heritage Sites Get Government Backing in Shanghai

Several years ago a decision was taken by the municipal authorities in Shanghai to restore the Bund to its pre-liberation glory. The original inhabitants of the imposing stone edifices that line the waterfront boulevard were offered them back. But there was one condition. They could not alter the exteriors of the buildings. They could do …

Hotel Review: the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai

Following a three year restoration project, the Peace Hotel in Shanghai reopened on 28 July 2011 as the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Built in the late 1920s, the grande dame of Shanghai originally opened in 1929. It was known as the Cathay Hotel until 1950, when it was renamed the Peace Hotel. Following the Communist conquest of …

Shanghai Heritage: the Bund Defined

Shanghai's iconic waterfront boulevard with those imposing stone edifices housing banks, corporate headquarters, and a handful of municipal offices, is called the Bund. I was never quite sure how to pronounce the word bund. Was that “u” a long “u” as in “rude” or a short “u” as in “bus”? As it turns out, it …

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 …