The Bund - The Bund ("Wai Tan" in Chinese) is a must-see tourist attraction on the bank of Huangpu River. The name “Bund” derived from an Anglo-Indian term, means "a muddy embankment”. Over 150 years ago, Shanghai was a small coastal town on the bank of the Huangpu River. The Bund area was merely a towpath with a wide waterfront. In 1842, as the result of the Opium War, Shanghai was opened up as gateway to the West. The Bund became a crucial waterfront after foreigners flocked here to do business.