Opposite The Bund on the east bank of the Huangpu River, Pudong – Lujiazui & Expo is Shanghai’s gleaming, modern center. It rose out of empty farmland in the 1990s and quickly became one of Asia’s leading cosmopolitan districts. The iconic Oriental Pearl TV tower soars over financial institutions and corporate headquarters.
Luijiazui is tucked into a bend of the Huangpu River, purpose-built to be a financial powerhouse. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is in this particular district, but the list of iconic skyscrapers goes on to include Jin Mao Building, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Bank of China Tower. These sites are widely visible across the city center.
Pudong’s ascent to global force was astonishing, and new construction projects continue today. Investment increased in preparation for the 2010 World Expo, resulting in new world-class infrastructure and accommodation in Pudong. Famous tourist attractions include the Shanghai Municipal Museum, the Shanghai History Museum (inside the Pearl), Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and the Science and Technology Museum.
The metro makes it easy to connect from Pudong to The Bund and French Concession. The most important local stop is Century Avenue Station, though there are many other metro stations in the area.
In the past, this district was a magnet for business travelers, so there are countless four- and five-star hotels in Pudong. Tourist appeal is on the rise, with a growing number of fashionable shops and restaurants on Century Avenue. This is leading to more boutique hotels carving out cozy living spaces in the midst of the skyscrapers.