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Pudong Development Bank (Fazhan Yinhang)

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Address: 12 The Bund (Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu), Shanghai, China
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Centrepiece of The Bund

This iconic building is the centrepiece of The Bund. In pictures, movies, brochures, wherever The Bund is shown, this building is most likely in the picture. Originally the Hong... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2016
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be the old HSBC building. After the cultural revolution the stunning mosaics in the cupola were all covered over with plaster and rediscovered when restoration work was done. The banking hall is imposing with large imposing columns of Italian marble and the ceiling was part Art Deco, part early 20th century. It is very worth while stopping... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

From the solid bronze lions and doors that weigh tons, to the intricate ceiling mosaic representing the Greek Pantheon, the financial centers of the 1920's on Earth as well as the roman virtues this building is EPIC! I admire the Chinese for they have preserved it through its troubled history during the 1900s and even have kept the small door... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

I need to use western union service in there. - sending money - They speak English and very helpful except one staff who was in information counter. She was wearing glasses. As I recall she was the only person who was wearing glasses and not trainee , sounds like a senior or some kind of manager. Not so sure. A... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

This iconic building is the centrepiece of The Bund. In pictures, movies, brochures, wherever The Bund is shown, this building is most likely in the picture. Originally the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) building, it was built in 1923 and until 1955 was their headquarters. In 1955 shortly after the communist takeover of China it became a government building.... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

Visited many times since Aug 2010-2015 when I lived in Shanghai, Fa Zhan Yin Hang is considered to be one of the oldest banks in China, it goes back all the way to 1930s! Across from it, is the famous Bund in which you can take a promenade along the embankment and watch the beautiful scenery of Pudong District/Lu Jia... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2015

This magnificent building was once the headquarters of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank ( now better known as HSBC) and totally dominates this part of the Bund. It is a lovely building and we were delighted to be able to see it.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

Originally an HSBC, it is now Development Bank. Still functioning as a bank, one can see the old style design and layout of the tellers and service advisor. Building dated back to 1920s, I think. Very nice deco inside, the mosaic pattern is very impressive but photography not allowed. Wish I had chance to steal a few photos but guard... More 

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 5 December 2014

This was widely recognized in the pre-WWII era as the most beautiful building in Asia. Don't just look at the stately lions outside, but go inside to see the spectacular mosaics in the domed ceiling. Since it is a working bank, large tour groups can't go in. And, no photos inside, unfortunately. Make an excuse to become a customer by... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

No one seems to remember this was the old HSBC building. The lions, mosaic art in lobby were actually designed for HSBC. Beautiful architecture but unable to visit beyond lobby. Sad...

Thank Jean H
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Lucky for me.. There were only 5 people in our tour group, so our tour guide, Annie Goh could take us inside this magnificent building. Big group tours are not allowed to enter, as this building is a fully operated bank. To fully understand the origin of shanghai, this building is a must see. Annie gave us full explanation about... More 

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The Bund
While there are certainly many other “bunds” in the world, “the Bund” refers to Shanghai’s famous waterfront. The area’s Gothic, Art Deco and Beaux Arts monoliths were built when it was part of the Shanghai International Settlement run by the British and Americans. The atmosphere of colonial-era luxury has endured over time and is now found in the five-star hotels, luxury brand boutiques and expensive restaurants that can be found within the historic buildings. A cultural center has built up away from the water and some of Shanghai’s best art galleries and museums are housed close to the Bund. Nighttime views of Pudong and the rest of the city also make for a great backdrop at the many rooftop clubs.
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