For many of us who calls Shanghai home, there is a side of town with a vast history that is often overlooked compared to the beautifully restored and tree-trimmed streets of the former French Concession. Down the street from the famous Bund, there is an area that is often looked over by the limelight, the South Bund.
Over 140 years ago, South Bund was a bustling transportation hub with heavy ties in commercial trade
Today, it is a thriving area with new food areas, galleries and luxury real estate
Once the biggest dock for passenger transport in the country, Shiliupu Wharf saw 6.7 million people pass through it annually in its heyday.
Today, the Shiliupu Wharf has been transformed as a Yacht port with a food-court that includes a fine selection of western chain restaurants and a boarding dock for River cruises
Back in the day, labourers were busy loading and unloading goods from cargo ship
Today, workers are busy manning machines to transform this neighbourhood
Ship workers taking a quick lunch on the docks
Today, construction workers walking back to work after back to back shifts
Formerly a factory and docking area for ships
Transform into unique lifestyle hubs, housing galleries and restaurants
Restaurants on Waima Rd has river facing views
South Bund used to be home to factories
Now It’s transformed into Cool Docks is one of the iconic landmarks that is standing in this area with an array of restaurants and bars within a former factory
And the iconic boutique hotel, The Waterhouse
South Bund was a thriving central area and a popular neighborhood to live was Xiaonanmen
Dongjiadu Lu Police Station at #30 Dongjiadulu
Dongjiadulu Cathedera on 185 Dongjiadu Rd
This is also an area that felt the effects of history A bomb in 1938 has damaged the church significantly
Today St. Francis Xavier’s Church still stands tall
However, much of the former glory and history of the neighborhood is lost amidst heavy construction within the area
Many of the old Xiaonanmen neighbourhoods are in the process of being evacuated and torn down, giving rise to one of the last disappearing neighbourhoods of Shanghai.