295: The Bund
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The Bund is Shanghai's art deco, colonial-era monument to business and trade. The imposing, palatial buildings that line its length were built by grand architects for banking, insurance and trading giants during the boom times of Shanghai's 1920s. Created by the British global expansion of trade and services starting in the second half of the 19th century, several decades of building took place before the Second World War, Japanese occupation of China, the Chinese civil war and ultimately the closing of China to the rest of the world in 1949. These original and well-renovated buildings are a stunning reminder of a bygone era. Now home to hotels, restaurants and fashion houses, they are the backdrop for local and global luxury brands, vying for the attention of Shanghai's new wealthy elites.