Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.
We started this shopping walk at the centre point, the tour guide point to the east wanted us to meet at the Bund. This shopping street is China's premier shopping street, 3.4-miles in length, covering more than 600 shop outlets.
As time is limited, we did more on window shopping, but we did buy a pair of latest design shoes in a hurry.
Nanjing Road must be the best shopping destination in the world. It's miles of shops all along a pedestrian only shopping meca. There are small trams that can ferry you up the road, should you need/want assistance. And these are the 'only' vehicles you'll encounter, unless you need to cross an intersecting road along the way. The best thing with Nanjing is it's sheer vastness with regards to shops, resturants to fuel-up, and security for it's visitors. Nanjing Road is one of Shanghai's biggest draws and is very safe,efficient and on most people's bucket-list for a visit to Shanghai.
Nanjing Road is the connection shopping street between the Bund and the People's Park. If you get off at People's Square metro station, you can visit Shanghai's museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and several upper market shopping malls, then walk all the way along East Nanjing Street to the Bund. That way, you will not miss any busy street of Nanjing Road. I love to come here after dark to enjoy the beautiful scenes of those restaurants' and department stores' signboard neon lights. Very stunning...
In Chinese: 南京东路 (Nan Jing Dong Lu)
My only advice to djzero is, If you don't like being propositioned by prostitutes, leave China. You get that in every city, and it is the oldest profession! I kind of like the loose law enforcement in China for the simple reason is that it's not a crime as long as you don't get caught. I just said no to all the propositions and enjoyed the area immensely. Shanghai is a blast! Enjoy.
If you are a guy travelling alone, unless you are looking to pick up an asian girl to bring home with you do not go here. I went there this evening to take some pictures for my trip. I couldnt go 30 seconds without someone asking me if i wanted a sexy girl massage or to take a sexy girl back to my hotel. It completely turned me off this city that this kind of crap goes on and no one does anything about it or cares. The police we close enough to hear what the people we saying to me and me telling them off and they didnt even acknowledge it. To me that is pretty pathetic.
So in conclusion stay as far away from here as you can if you want to keep your sanity and not be bothered.
Nanjing Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai, China, and is one of the world's busiest shopping streets. The road stretches from The Bund east towards Hongqiao, with Shanghai's centerpoint People's Square in the middle.
Nanjing Lu is a tourist must go place, the most famous and traditional shopping center in Shanghai. Brand-new first rate department stores are prospering these years, making the street a shopping paradise for all.
Nanjing road offers countless famous brands, superior quality, and new fashions. KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and other world-famous food vendors line both sides of the street. Upscale stores include Tiffany, Mont Blanc, and Dunhill. In addition, approximately a hundred traditional stores and specialty shops still provide choice silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks.
Open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians enhance evening strolls. A trackless sightseeing train provides a comfortable tour of the night-transformed pedestrian street. Flashing neon signs illuminate the magnificent buildings and spangle the night skyline of this lively city.
I personally love the neon and the energy.
Yes a must visit, wether people watching, shopping or eating you will find it here. Take a stroll along the pedestrian road or even take a ride on one of the little trains ( and look out for these, they just sneak up on you!!.....lol )
This pedestrian street is a shopping mecca, be it in Western style malls with Western names that you will recognize or smaller Chinese stores. There's also kiosks where you can book a sightseeing train and other activities. From this street I saw 2 interesting looking buildings: one that I call "the outlet plug" and at night I could see either an European or an American plug, depending on how I was standing on the street (lol) and the other one I call "Saturn" but it's one of the Radisson SAS hotels.
Beware of some pushy vendors, that will try to usher you to their stores. They usually ask if you want a Rolex or something similar, and we were once offered hash.
The No. 1 Provisions Store opened in 1926 as the Sun Sun store and is a marvellous place to visit even if you're not anticipating on buying anything. The store offers as many kinds of foods as you can imagine. Healthy food, snacks, tourist food, family food and gift are the five main categories. If you plan to go food shopping or you are just hunger for nibbles, this store is a good choice.
East Nanjing Road has been the centre of commerce in Shanghai for more than a century. This mostly pedestrianised shopping road, was simply known as Nanjing Road before 1945 but then the road west of Xizang Road was called West Nanjing Road and so this section was renamed.
Today East Nanjing Road becomes the first choice for many fashion-seeking shoppers in Shanghai. A great many large shopping malls, time-honoured stores, famous stores and specialty shops cluster along both sides of the road. You can find whatever you want - commodities, home appliances, communication equipment, photographic equipment, fitness equipment, clothing, shoes, fabrics, cosmetics, jewelleries, watches, glasses, books, food, medicine and children's needs.
If you are interested in Chinese culture and art, the specialty shops in East Nanjing Road will gratify your taste. You can choose from various Chinese special local products such as China silk, calligraphy, paintings, traditional Chinese medicine, handicrafts and other tourist souvenirs.
When night comes, the stores are decorated with colourful sparkling lights. Even if you don't have any shopping plans you will find the street itself a great attraction. Wandering on the road and hungry? There are a lot of excellent restaurants in the East Nanjing Road offering delicious food and good service. Tired? There are plenty of quality hotels along the road such as Peace Hotel, Sofitel Hyland Shanghai, East Asia Hotel and Ramada Plaza Shanghai.
Word of warning though. As this road is the busiest in the city, watch out for pickpockets and such like plus be aware of people trying to sell you fake DVD's, sunglasses and watches.
The Art Deco No. 1 Department Store opened in 1936 as the Sun Company and was for decades China's largest and most famous department store. All the usual suspects are here: clothing, shoes, children's wear, gifts, books, watches, toys, jewellery, cosmetics, housewares, sporting equipment, and electronic goods.
Open: 10am-10pm daily.
Some people say this is the most important shopping street in all of China. It's certainly the main street in Shanghai. If you like crowded department stores, this is the place for you.
It runs, from west to east, across the heart of the city, all the way from People's Park down to the Bund.
Nanjing Street is regarded as the main shopping street in Shanghai. (There is however a rival area in the French Connection, located on Huaihai Lu.)
The street runs between two major tourist attractions, the Bund and the People Park which houses the Shanghai Museum. As a result, the combination of foot traffic, tourists, shoppers and diners makes this a busy street.
There are several “trains” that are 2 Yuan each to ride. These trains travel all day and night between the Bund end of the street and the Peoples Park end. Shoppers, and tourists, with weary legs will often take a ride to relax and get out of the sun.
This is Shanghai's foremost shopping street. Full of lights, people, restaurants, etc. I felt like in Las Vegas (and I haven't been there). It's an excellent option to walk during the night and have a look of modern Shanghai. The street is divided in two distrinct halves; Nanjing Dong Lu and Nanjing Xi, although Nanjing Dong has always been the most popular.
Nanjing Lu is the pedestrian mall in Shanghai. It's best visited at night when all the neon signboards are lit up. To be honest, I did not get much shopping done here. It's more like a place to watch the locals. This long shopping haven starts from the Metro Nanjing Lu station all the way to People's Square station. Can you imagine how long is the street?
Watch out for the 'chu-chu train' while walking on the street. It carries mostly children and tours along Nanjing Road.