Shanghai reopens Bund after £280m restoration





Shanghai's Bund, once known as the "Wall Street of Asia", will reopen on Sunday after a painstaking £280 million two-year restoration to bring back a touch of its 1930's glamour.

The stately waterfront, alongside the muddy Huangpu river, was built by the British and was the hub of colonial life in Shanghai until the Japanese invaded the city in 1941.

Now, however, as Shanghai attempts to relaunch itself as one of the world's great financial centres, the Bund is back in the spotlight.

Its restoration is a key part of the city's £30 billion investment for the World Expo, the giant international trade fair that will open on the opposite side of the river in May.



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