The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. The area centres on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District.
The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Building heights are restricted in this area.
The word “bund” means an embankment or an embanked quay. The word comes from the Hindi-Urdu word band, which has Persian origins and meant an embankment, levee or dam (a cognate of English terms “bind”, “bond” and “band”, and the German word “Bund”, etc). In Chinese port cities, the English term came to mean, especially, the embanked quay along the shore. In English, “Bund” is pronounced to rhyme with “fund”.
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