Heritage in the 21st century
The birthplace of Chinese civil aviation in 1917, Longhua Airport was the first large-scale airport in China and the longest-servicing airport in the world. Today, the airport’s former hangars are now home to two of the West Bund’s main galleries, the West Bund Art Center and Yuz Museum. Under the direction of leading architects like Atelier Deshaus, the hangars have been turned into stylish, modern spaces that retain their industrial character. Each gallery is brimming with contemporary paintings, installations and sculptures from the most exciting Chinese and international artists.
Once eastern China’s main energy centre after its liberation, Beipiao Coal Wharf has been carefully transformed into the distinguished Long Museum. It’s a vast four-storey art space that houses the illustrious private collections of owners Liu Yiqian and his wife Wang Wei.
Back in the 1920s, Shanghai Cement Factory was one of China's most modern, large-scale enterprises. It’s now the site of DreamWorks’ upcoming DreamCenter entertainment complex, set to feature an IMAX theatre, Legoland Discovery Center, restaurants, shops and bars.
Overlooking the XuHui River, opposite Shanghai Expo Center, The West Bund Shanghai Hotel is at the heart of the area’s regeneration. Sitting atop a 54-storey tower, the luxurious retreat affords mesmerising views across Shanghai and boasts a state-of-the-art spa, grand ballroom and world-class dining.