Sunday 25 June 2017

Exploring Shanghai - Night Photography By The Bund

Shanghai is most famous for its iconic Skyline filled with modern skyscrapers and historic buildings; and the best place to capture this architectural beauty is at The Bund. I keep coming back here each time I visit Shanghai and always have a great time shooting around this area. Getting to the Bund is fairly simple, take the subway line 2 or 10 to Nanjing East Road Station, once you get out just look up and walk towards the tall buildings; as simple as that
Postcard View of Shanghai 
The Bund (Wai Tan) translated to an embankment in Chinese, you have the old colonial buildings on one side of the Huangpu river and modern skyscrapers on the other side. If you are photographer dont leave Shanghai without visiting the Bund. The best time to shoot the Shanghai Skyline would be around sunset but if you get a day without fog and the view of the buildings is clear consider yourself lucky. 
Peace Hotel Shanghai
Peace Hotel Shanghai built in 1929

Bund Shanghai
Old Colonial Buildings on the Bund
A legendary hotel in Shanghi built in 1929 around the Bund area along other historic structures . For more on the old buildings in Shanghi click HERE
Shanghai Clearing House Building
Shanghai Clearing House (Glen Line Building)
Taking about  the gear I was carrying my main body was Canon 50D , secondary Sony RX100 ; lenses included Tamron 18-50mm f2.8 and Tamron 11-16mm F2.8 and Manfrotto MKBFRA4R-BH Befree . The tripod really came in handy for long exposures. The shot above of the building called the Clearing house was taken at 3.2 seconds.
Swatch Art Hotel
My favourtie  part of the Bund is the west side lined with 52 beautiful old buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The Bund was the centre of Shanghai's economy and culture for hundreds of years. Consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices were also started here.
The Union Building 
Customs House Clock Tower Shanghai
Customs House Clock Tower 
 The Customs House was built in the year 1927, it has eight stories and a beautiful clock tower on the roof  that makes this building stand out
The Great Northern Telegraph Company Building

Beautiful Old building on the Bund 

Clock Tower on the Bund

The Union Building  Shanghai
The Union Building 

Shanghai Club Building on the Bund
Shanghai Club

Shanghai Travel Blog
Chasing light trails 

The Bund Financial Bull
The Bund Financial Bull

Heritage Buildings Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bank Building 

Things to do around the Bund area 

  • Visit the Yu Garden the no 1 tourist destination in Shanghai , check out my blog on Yu Garden HERE 
  • To get the best view of the skyline take a river cruise on huangpu river on a classic steam boat , more on the Bund HERE
  • Visit the beautiful Jing'an Temple , link to my blog post HERE 

Pearl Tower Shanghai
Pearl Tower
Customs House Shanghai
Customs House 
I had a great time shooting around the Bund; the old buildings were beautiful and the lighting was perfect. I stuck around till midnight and then found it difficult to find a place to eat and also  cab back to my hotel. Finally ended up taking a cab for a much higher fare so my advice dont stay late here , take the last metro back.

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