Transformation of The South Bund

 

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.

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Over 140 years ago, South Bund was a bustling transportation hub with heavy ties in commercial trade

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 Today, it is a thriving area with new food areas, galleries and luxury real estate

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 Once the biggest dock for passenger transport in the country, Shiliupu Wharf saw 6.7 million people pass through it annually in its heyday.

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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

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Back in the day, labourers were busy loading and unloading goods from cargo ship

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Today, workers are busy manning machines to transform this neighbourhood

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Ship workers taking a quick lunch on the docks

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Today, construction workers walking back to work after back to back shifts

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Formerly a factory and docking area for ships

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Transform into unique lifestyle hubs, housing galleries and restaurants

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Restaurants on Waima Rd has river facing views

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South Bund used to be home to factories

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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

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And the iconic boutique hotel, The Waterhouse

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South Bund was a thriving central area and a popular neighborhood to live was Xiaonanmen

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Dongjiadu Lu Police Station at #30 Dongjiadulu

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Dongjiadulu Cathedera on 185 Dongjiadu Rd

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This is also an area that felt the effects of history A bomb in 1938 has damaged the church significantly

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Today St. Francis Xavier’s Church still stands tall

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However, much of the former glory and history of the neighborhood is lost amidst heavy construction within the area

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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.

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