The Bund and Beyond
While you visit Expo 2010, take time out to do some shopping in Shanghai’s most iconic districtsBy Jade Ling
While you visit the Expo, don’t get too caught up in seeing all the pavilions, because some serious shopping is waiting for you in downtown Shanghai. Most luxury travelers probably think of Hong Kong first when it comes to luxury shopping, but Shanghai’s unique mix of history and modernity makes it a particularly interesting destination. The Bund is Shanghai’s – perhaps even China’s – most valuable waterfront district with both romance and history. Great shopping starts from No. 1, and goes all the way up to No. 13. Whether you’ve been to Shanghai or not, The Bund is a must-see, must-do shopping area. The new, futuristic face of Shanghai is right on the other side of the Huangpu River. The Pudong area is home to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Stock Exchange, luxury hotels such as Pudong Shangri-la and Grand Hyatt Shanghai. In the Central Business District and financial heart of Shanghai, there is plenty of luxury shopping to choose from. Let the shopping spree begin.
SHANGHAI IFC - A new landmark in Shanghai’s CBD
Pudong, the pulsating financial heart of Shanghai, is now more glamorous than ever with the recent opening of Shanghai International Finance Centre. It is an integrated commercial complex with a top-notch shopping mall, a five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, two Grade-A office towers and high-quality serviced apartments, offering an ideal hub for shopping, leisure and living for the discerning executives. Shanghai IFC was designed by internationally-renowed architect Cesar Pelli. The modern buildings rise in asymmetrical height and shape, becoming a new icon on the River Huangpu.
The banking giant HSBC will have its China head office right here. But Pudong is not just about business, it’s about fine living too. For luxury shoppers, the most fun part of Shanghai IFC is the six-storey, worldclass shopping mall.
With more than 180 international premium brands and world’s finest culinary delights, the mall houses a collection of global flagships and concept stores of well-established and new-to-market brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dunhill, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and many more names.
WHERE: 8 Century Avenue
WHAT’S SPECIAL: Shanghai IFC offers luxury shopping, offices, and a five-star hotel and residence
THREE ON THE BUND - Contemporary lifestyle meets international cuisine
Walking along The Bund, one is inevitably struck by the majesty of Shanghai’s most elegant boulevard. The original Union Building was located right on The Bund No. 3. It used to house the Mercantile Bank of India. Today, it is the symbol of refined contemporary Chinese lifestyle. The building was designed in a free neo-Renaissance style by renowned American architect Michael Graves, and it is home to some of the best restaurants in Shanghai: Cupola, Jean Georges, Laris, Whampoa Club.
Three on the Bund also comprises the Evian Spa by Three. This is the very first Evian Spa established outside France, offering over 74 kinds of treatments. Other significant resources at Three on the Bund include the Shanghai Gallery of Art, and Space by Three, which is a private events venue.
A visit to Three on the Bund must of course include some quality shopping. Giorgio Armani’s China flagship store is right here. Armani/Three on the Bund covers over 990 square meters of retail space, which consists of a Giorgio Armani boutique, Armani/Casa, and Armani/Dolci. Originally designed by architect Claudio Silvestrin, the Shanghai flagship store reflects and respects the building’s architectural style.
WHERE: No. 3 on The Bund
WHAT’S SPECIAL: Three on the Bund offers modern Chinese lifestyle as a complete experience
Three on the Bund
BUND 18 - When history comes to life
Bund 18 is a Neoclassical style building that was originally built in 1923 by the British architectural firm Palmer & Turner. From this location, you can see a magnificent view of Huangpu River and Pudong. Bund 18 Real Estate took on a two-year renovation project to restore the entire building to its original glory. The beautiful result won an Award of Excellence as part of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.
Today, Bund 18 offers luxury shopping, dining, entertainment and culture all under one roof. Besides restaurants and lounges offering international cuisine, there is also an open exhibition space called 18 Gallery. Extended hours mean you can still see some art after shopping and dining. Bund 18’s luxury boutiques include A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Patek Philippe, Vertu, and Ulysse Nardin.
The Zegna store, in particular, is the brand’s largest flagship in Asia right here at Bund 18. In this 600-square-metre space, there is a made-to-measure service room where you can order your suit and tie. You will also find the Couture collection, Sartorial, Z Zegna, Zegna Sport, and accessories.
WHERE: No. 18 on The Bund
WHAT’S SPECIAL: Winner of a UNESCO award, Bund 18 aims to be Shanghai’s “taste maker, trend setter”
China SUM 2010