a stroll along the pudong shore for a cloudy-day view of the bund

Sunday, May 3:  Last night, I accidentally set the alarm for 6:30 p.m., so this morning I slept a little later than I intended to. 🙂 I make some coffee in my room, catch up on Instagram and then soak in a long steamy bath.  I go out without having breakfast in the hotel, and that seems to work to alleviate some of the stomach troubles I’ve been plagued with all weekend.

I get on metro at 9 a.m. and go straight to the Lujiazui stop in Pudong.  I head directly to Riverside Avenue, bypassing the long queues waiting to go to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.  I have no interest in standing in those queues as it’s a dark and cloudy morning and the view from the top wouldn’t be anything special.

Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong

Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong

Pudong

Pudong

Modern architecture in Pudong

Modern architecture in Pudong

Traffic circle in Pudong

Traffic circle in Pudong

downtown Pudong

downtown Pudong

To be honest, the view from the riverside isn’t great either.  When I was at the Bund on Friday, I was frustrated that the sun was to the west, foiling my attempts to get decent pictures of the old colonial buildings lining the Huangpu River. Thus I determined that this morning I would head directly to Pudong, so when I looked across the river to the west, the sun would be behind me.  However, it’s so cloudy and grey, that the views are not good.  No matter.  They do give you an idea of how different the west side of the river is from the east.  The Bund is old, classic and a little stodgy, while Pudong is glittering, colorful and modern.  I find it fascinating that the two sides of the river are so different.

The Bund from Pudong

The Bund from Pudong

Of course, since I’m on the Pudong side, I have to take some pictures of the modern side too, especially the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai International Convention Center.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai International Convention Center

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai International Convention Center

The word ‘bund’ derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront.  That was what the Bund was originally (China Highlights: The Bund of Shanghai).

According to Wikipedia, the Shanghai Bund boasts dozens of historical buildings along the Huangpu River that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Germany, Russia, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the Russian and British consulates, a newspaper, the Shanghai Club and the Masonic Club. The Bund lies north of the old, walled city of Shanghai. It was initially a British settlement; later the British and American settlements were combined in the International Settlement. Magnificent commercial buildings in the Beaux Arts style sprung up in the years around the turn of the 20th century as the Bund developed into a major financial center of East Asia. (Wikipedia: The Bund)

The Bund

The Bund

The Bund across the Huangpu River

The Bund across the Huangpu River

As I walk along the Pudong waterfront, a small flotilla of official-looking boats comes down the river blaring trumpets and other loud instruments, much like a marching band in a parade.  I guess they’re celebrating International Workers’ Day, which was Friday.  This is, after all, the holiday weekend.

The Bund as seen from Pudong

The Bund as seen from Pudong

a musical flotilla

a musical flotilla

a celebratory parade of boats

a celebratory parade of boats

a musical celebration of the Labour Day holiday

a musical celebration of the Labour Day holiday

The Bund from Pudong

The Bund from Pudong

A cloudy day on the Bund

A cloudy day on the Bund

I guess I’m just not meant to get any great pictures of the Bund this weekend. 😦

The Bund

The Bund

Pudong and the Shangri-La

Pudong and the Shangri-La

Flags at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Flags at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

looking up in Pudong

looking up in Pudong

After my riverside walk, I make my way to the metro.  My next destination is Yuyuan Garden.

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24 thoughts on “a stroll along the pudong shore for a cloudy-day view of the bund

  1. “…some of the stomach troubles I’ve been plagued with all weekend”????? You mean all year!!! You have had a sore tummy from almost the day you arrived in China! Your belly must be very happy to be back in the USA where you know what you are eating and you can order food that is not fried or soaked in dodgy oil!!!

    That flag photo is pretty amazing! How did you get that shot? You are too hard on yourself. Sunny days are no guarantee of a great photo. I like the rainy foggy shots as that is what it looks like probably most of the time. If I wanted postcards I would look for them facebook… though of course, you authored a rather amazing postcard yourself a few years ago!! But hey, the sun does not shine every day in most of the world.

    Glad you are home!

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    • You’re right of course, I was sick much of the year, Mona Lisa, but it wasn’t as bad when I was at home cooking as it was when I was traveling. I am really happy to be home and eating healthy food and now trying to lose the 7 lbs I somehow put on in China despite being sick so often!

      Thanks for your comment about the flag photo. I don’t know how I got it, just lucky I guess?? I know you can get some good shots on a dreary day but photographers love blue skies with some white or gray dramatic clouds! At least that’s true for me. ☀️⛅️☀️⛅️

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      • I love all your photos no matter the weather, but would love to know the real names of more of the gorgeous flora you photograph so well!!!! xx

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      • I would love to know the names of the flora too, but it’s time consuming and since I’m not a gardener, the names don’t come easily. Maybe someday I’ll have time to figure them out! 🙂

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  2. Now your poor stomach can get back to normal without all that greasy food. I never pay to go to the tops of towers and buildings. I don’t like heights very much and I see the best views from the plane windows when flying. I was impressed by Pudong although I would much prefer that instead of those impressive buildings there was a huge park with non polluting trees and bushes. Then I suppose the Shanghai authorities would charge everybody 120 RMB for entry. China sure is the land of entry charges.

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    • My stomach is feeling better already, Dai, especially as I’m trying to eat healthy right now. I’m so glad to have good food again!

      I don’t like standing in long lines or paying exorbitant prices to climb tall buildings either! I agree, a park would have been nice there, although I do seem to remember a kind of park along the riverside.

      I was surprised by the fees at national parks in China. An entry fee here, a fee for a chair lift or elevator there, another fee for a sight within a park. It was endless! It was much better to go to places in the countryside like the rice terraces or Yangshuo.

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      • I was shocked at some of the ridiculous entry charges, especially when we just wanted to sit on a park bench to eat our packed lunch. I’m glad you’re eating healthy Kat. I do here too. I’m going to have miso soup with tofu and salad for lunch today. Coming ?

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      • I’ll be right there, Dai, thanks! Miso soup with tofu and salad sounds wonderful. I’m now using an app on my computer called myfitnesspal to track what I eat and keep myself on a plan to lose weight. I put on 7 lbs in China with my poor eating habits there, and now I have to get rid of them!

        This morning I had an almond milk smoothie with bananas and green figs. It was yummy! I’ll probably have a Mahi Mahi burger on Trader Joe’s slim bread with guacamole and cruciferous vegetables for lunch! 🙂 I’m sure you didn’t expect to get my whole menu for today. xxx

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      • But I’m just wondering what a mahi mahi burger is

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      • It’s a Trader Joe’s special. It’s just Mahi Mahi fish made into a burger. I don’t think you have that store in Europe. It’s an American chain, and is described thus in Wikipedia: While a typical grocery store may carry 50,000 items, Trader Joe’s stocks about 4,000 items, 80% of which bear one of its own brand names. Trader Joe’s describes itself as “your neighborhood grocery store” or “your unique grocery store”. Products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, unusual frozen foods, imported foods, domestic and imported wine and beer (where local law permits), “alternative” food items and staples like bread, cereal, eggs, dairy, coffee and produce. 🙂

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  3. It looks like the sun was trying hard to break through towards the end,

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  4. I bet it’s all starting to feel like a distant memory already Cathy. Are you working from notes or just memory and photos? 🙂

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    • You’re right, Jo, it is starting to feel like a distant memory! It also feels strange to be back. It’s okay when things have remained the same but it’s disorienting when things have changed. It’s almost as if I were in a coma and came out 11 months later! I took some notes on this Shanghai trip, but for most trips in China I will have to work from memory, poor as that is, and photos. I still have so much to post from China and Myanmar, and now stuff to post from California. How will I ever catch up!? Plus I have so much to do here, with helping Alex move to Richmond and visiting family, etc. I’m sure glad I have no work or class obligations until September 21. I hope all is well with you. Going to Tavira soon?

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      • Bristol for the Balloon Festival next week and Tavira end of August. Why is Alex moving? Work related? 🙂

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      • No, he’s finally going away to college at VCU in Richmond, at age 24!

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      • Better late… ? 🙂

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      • For sure! He’s been taking classes periodically over the years but never full-time; he wasn’t sure what to do. Now he seems to have a direction in mind. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 🙏🏻

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      • I was going to ask studying what?

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      • Exercise Science. VCU includes what was once the Medical College of Virginia and has a lot of medical/health majors.

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      • This is the university description of the major: the Exercise Science concentration prepares students to serve as leaders of fitness, health, and conditioning programs in corporate, commercial, university, and clinical settings that provide exercise programming for apparently healthy individuals and those with chronic disease. Career paths include exercise physiologist, corporate fitness director, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning specialist, and wellness director.

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      • Goodness! Once upon a time none of those jobs would have existed! What a strange world we live in? Whatever happened to the simple life? Hugs, Cathy! So long as he finds his way 🙂

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  5. What great photos of a very modern city, the old parts seem to be obliterated. WP is such a great way to keep track of all you have seen and visited. Like Jo commented it can all very quickly sink into the past as present day takes over. I’ve enjoyed seeing how much China has changed since I was there. Pleased your tummy is coming right…

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    • Thanks, Pauline. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed seeing China through my eyes. I’m sure it has changed a lot since you were there; it’s changing and modernizing every day. It was a great experience overall, but I am very happy to be home. I’m glad that my stomach is feeling much better and I’m back to healthy eating and trying to lose the 7 lbs I gained in China + some!

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