Nanjing Road

Written by Vivian Updated Jun. 29, 2021

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.

Shanghai Nanjing Road
Shanghai Nanjing Road

Changes in Nanjing Road

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).

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 that 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. Most shops are open 12 hours a day from 10:00 to 22:00.

Nearby Attractions

Riverside Promenade

Riverside Promenade is located on a road along the Huangpu River in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, right beside the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower. The opposite is the Bund of Shanghai.

Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao Tower stands in the most prosperous part of the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of the Pudong New District area. Occupying an area of 2.3 hectares, it is 420.5 meters tall, with 88 floors above the ground, and 3 floors underground. It also faces the famous Bund of Shanghai across the Huangpu River.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is next to the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower and Jin Mao Tower. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium covering 20,500 square meters consists of 2 pyramid-shaped buildings. One is the main building and another is an annex. The main building is made up of 3 floors and a basement. There are 8 exhibition zones in this building: China Zone, South America (Amazan) Zone, Australia Zone, Africa Zone, Cold Water Zone, Polar area Zone, Sea and Shore Zone, and Deep Ocean Zone. It is a landmark of cultural tourism in the city district of Pudong as well. 

Pearl of the Orient Tower

Dongfang Mingzhuta, or Pearl of the Orient Tower, is a 468-meter-high communication tower, making it the second-highest tower in Asia, and the fourth-highest tower in the world. Pearl of the Orient Tower is located in Shanghai's Pudong Park in the financial district of Lujiazui, on the edge of Pudong District, just across the Huangpu River from the Bund.

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