Travel magazines usually have two approaches when portraying this part of “the Hai”. They either show you pictures representing the rise of the city as a metropolis with a back drop of elegantly dressed Chinese practicing Tai Chi, or as a smogged up, heavily polluted river that represents all the ills of the city with a further Chinese amateurish attempt at 21st century urbanism.
Truth is, pictures are deceptive and are usually captured through a uni-purpose lens. The feeling of approaching the bund depends on three variables: where you approach it from, what time of day and what time of year. There is the occasional outlier event such as the unfortunate event of the 2014 stampede that saw the departing of 36 souls that could change your experience on the bund from everybody else.