外灘 is also known as the Bund. It's been described as the Champ-Élysées of China, and I finally saw the similarities (even though I have never been to France, I'm going to trust Lonely Planet and other travel guides' analogy.) The side of the Bund had a lot of banks and financial centers in buildings that looked European, but with China's yellow-starred flag flying atop (crop out the tourists' heads please.)
My roommate Sheena became a foreign celebrity to presumably a Chinese tourist also at the Bund. See the Oriental Pearl and Shanghai skyline in the hazy atmosphere! Also, there were many tourists on the viewing platform, both foreigners and Chinese from outside Shanghai. We had to be quick about getting a photo spot by the fence.
Here is more of what the Parisian street looks like. There was a famous hotel called the Fairmont Peace Hotel that was really fancy. I almost expected gargoyles on top of these buildings.
A blurry picture of the Bund at night, around 7:30pm. It was kind of like Vegas at night, the way the lights were golden/yellow, but fancier for lack of better words. This is a different kind of old Shanghai from where ECNU is, and it was interesting seeing the remains of what Shanghai was like about a century ago.