Nanjing Road

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Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

Shanghai's - and, in fact, China's - premier shopping street, a 3½-mile-long stretch of Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends, in the west, at the junction of Jingan Temple Metro Station (at the bottom of Nanjing Road) and Yan'an West Street. 

Shanghai's - and, in fact, China's - premier shopping street, a 3½-mile-long stretch of Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends, in the west, at the junction of Jingan Temple Metro Station (at the bottom of Nanjing Road) and Yan'an West Street. This seemingly endless stretch of Nanjing Road attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of fashion-seeking, bargain-hunting shoppers from around the world, daily.

For visitors to Shanghai, Nanjing Road is an absolute must-see, on par with a visit to the Bund itself. If ever there was a silver lining to an unhappy event, the London-inspired (one inevitably thinks of London's Soho district) Nanjing Road shopping mall is it! The shopping mall, like the Bund, lies within the former British Concession, which was eventually merged with the American Concession (the latter lay north of Suzhou Creek, across Waibaidu Bridge in the present-day Hongkou District) to form the International Settlement. From its inception during the Colonial Era, this International Settlement shopping mall, importing large quantities of foreign goods, became China's very first premier shopping mall (today, there are of course similar shopping malls in every major Chinese city).

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Over time, Nanjing Road has been revamped and restructured, undergoing major modern changes. For example, a long section of Nanjing Road's eastern extremity, which, as indicated, commences at the Bund, has been transformed into a roofed, pedestrian-only arcade which offers carefree shopping in any type of weather. Another positive change in the shopping street is that most of the large chain stores that formerly dominated the shopping street have given way to a myriad of small boutiques, cafés, cinemas and other enticing specialty shops - as well as a sprinkling of international-class hotels - on both sides of this bustling street, making it a shopper's paradise.

 

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posted by "lorie" at 11/16/2011 8:16:00 PM

Nanjing Road is definitely a must see for Shanghai. Don't plan on buying anything unless you're rich, but it's worth it to take a stroll down the road and see the lights and performers. Not to mention it's a good road to take if you're on the way to the Bund.

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posted by "lavender0108" at 3/30/2009 8:04:00 PM

It is said that a man who doesn't reach the Nanjing Road might not be considered as being to Shanghai. We passed the commemorative square at the crossroad on Nanjing Road, featuring an elegant fountain and the statue of Chen Yi, the first mayor of Shanghai in new China. After ten-minute walk, we arrived at the shopping paradise. Nanjing Road, firstly getting its name in 1865, is divided in into East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road by Tibet Road. Undergoing significant development during more than one hundred years, it has ranked one of the most prosperous commercial streets in Asia with thousands of shops erecting on both sides. There are big traditional stores with century-long history as well as the modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theatres, and international hotels. For shopping convenience, its eastern end has an all-weather pedestrian arcade. We couldn’t help indulging us in the enjoyment of shopping and returned home fully-loaded! Wonderful!

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posted by "gunnar" at 8/5/2008 11:09:00 PM

Nanjing Road has been the commercial heart of Shanghai for a century, although it has recently met competition from both Huaihai Road and shopping malls all over the city. Still here you can find some of the oldest stores in Shanghai, like the N.o 1 Department Store, and other classical shops. Nanjing Road is best visited during the evenings when it is glowing with neon lights, which truly gives you a feeling of being in the center of a international metropolis. Do not be too entranced though, Nanjing Road is usually cramped with people, so keep a steady watch out for pickpockets.

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posted by "chinatravel" at 2/15/2008 1:11:00 AM

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