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Nanjing Road

【Location】 Huangpu district, Shanghai City
【Type】 Business Center
【Completion date】1851
【Recommended Time to stay】 2 -- 3 hours
【Opening Hours】24 hours

Shanghai's most famous thoroughfare Nanjing Road spills from its eastern terminus on the Bund and past the People's Square to its western extreme by the newly remodeled Jing'an Temple. Divided into East, Middle and West sections, it's at times a pedestrian shopping street, a winding tree-lined road, and a modern thoroughfare cutting between some of Shanghai's most posh hotels.

Once known as the premier shopping street in China and Asia, colonial Nanjing Road stood in stark contrast to the rest of agararian China. The hottest fashions from Italy were imported regularly and the road was full of shops selling some of China's finest silks. Massive department stores were built, the most famous being the Great World and Wing-On, where shopping was only one of the activities enjoyed amongst gambling and sing-song halls, game parlors, bars and freak shows.

After the Opium War (1839-1842), Shanghai became a treaty port. Nanjing Road was first the British Concession, then the International Settlement. Importing large quantities of foreign goods, it became the earliest shopping street of the city.

Over time, Nanjing Road has been restructured, undergoing significant change. For shopping convenience, its eastern end has an all-weather pedestrian arcade. Big traditional stores no longer dominate the market since modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theatres, and international hotels have mushroomed on both sides of the street.

Today over 600 businesses on the road offer 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.

Transportation:   Shanghai Bus / Subway Search
1. To East Nanjing Road: Take bus 14, 33, 37, 65, 66, 108, 123, 135, 220, 251, 305, 306, 307, 314, 317, 330, 868, 910, 928, 929, 940, Tourism Bus Route 8, Subway Line 10 or Subway Line 2 and get off at East Nanjing Rd. Station.

2. To West Nanjing Road: Take bus 23, 24, 36, 57, 76, 109, 148, 206, 304, 323, 451, 738, 933, 974 or Subway Line 2 and get off at West Nanjing Rd. Station.

3. Take  Subway Line 1, Subway Line 2 or Subway Line 8 and get off at People's Square.

4. Take City Sightseeing Bus and get off Nanjing Road.