What better way to commemorate the end to two years of nonstop construction on our beloved Bund than by taking a trip back in time to see how it looked nearly a century before the new traffic tunnel was necessary? The stunning photographs you see before you are culled from Virtual Shanghai: Shanghai Urban Space in Time, a collection of more than 3,000 images edited by Christian Henriot from the Institut Universitaire de France.
Today’s Bund is now able to accomodate more than 300,000 visitors a day and extends nearly two kilometers, billed by city planners to be Shanghai’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Elysees. Take a gander at the gallery above and please do yourself a favor and head over to Virtual Shanghai to take a look at the incredible archive Mr. Henriot has put together. Seeing the real thing might be cool, too.
Photos from Virtual Shanghai: Shanghai Urban Space in Time