Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

Shanghai's Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street sets an exemplary model for Asia's shopping scene. It's positioned for the middle-end and high-end brands and is visited by both the locals and visitors alike.

The "Big Four" are can't-misses: the Shanghai No. 1 Department Store, Yong An Company, Shanghai Fashion Company, and the Shanghai First Food Chain Development Company. The well-established Shanghai No. 1 Department Store stands right where Tibet Middle and Nanjing East Road converge. In its previous incarnation as Daxin Company before 1949, the department store was the moust illustrious building on Nanjing East Road. Although today it's no longer a symbol of chic and trends, it's still paradigmatic of Shanghai's commercial culture.

It's quite an experience to cruise through this 1200-meter pedestrian street paved with colored bricks and stones, with pedestrian traffic flowing irresistably and sightseeing trains trundling through small stalls and boutique shops. This is one of the best places where one can savor up Shanghai's signature modern metropolitan style, with the rickshaws, incense shops, and classic cigarette ads being a thing of past.

Stroll eastwards from Henan Road to Shanghai's most celebrated attraction: The Bund. You feel you are no longer in the 21st century and are transported back in time; you feel you landed in Charles Dickens' London seen only in photos. Narrow streets, tall buildings, grey walls, high ceilings, pointed roofs - everything has a story to tell. In the glow of the setting sun, the Bund exudes the unique charms of the 30's and 40's of the last century.

  • East Nanjing Road
  • Nanjing East Road Station, Subway Line 2/10

353 Plaza

Located on East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, 353 Plaza is dominated by a time-honored building which, though renovated, still preserves its original flavor. “Fashion Code” (1st-3rd floors) is where big fashion brands of the world converge; “Trend Code” (4th-5th floors) features retailers for street fashions, outdoor gear and sporting equipment; “Leisure Code” (6th -7th floors) brings together chic eateries and large personal electronic products retailers. For food lovers, the complex also has 3 large themed eating establishments and a trendy “canteen” that can seat 600 diners and serves up a wide range of flavors.

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Bailian Shimao International Plaza

This highest building in Puxi brings together retailers, eateries and leisure facilities, and is an architectural highlight that attracts with its innovative design. The main building which houses the 5-star Le Royal Meridien Shanghai and the apron buildings which are for high-end retailing are a swanky addition to the neighborhood.

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Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

Located within the Business and Leisure Ring on the Bund, Grand Central Hotel Shanghai is just a short hop from the famous Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street which is truly a must-visit destination for shopping, food, sightseeing and leisure. The biggest highlight of the property is the oval banquet hall that “hovers” in the center of the building. The banquet hall has no pillars; its ceiling is 7 meters high; high-tech conference equipment makes it a good venue for events and conferences.

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Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church located on Jiangxi Road, Huangpu District, is Shanghai’s earliest Christian church. It’s an eclectic mix of various architectural elements, but in 1893, to the left of the church a towering bell tower was erected, which lent a Gothic air to the church. The bell tower had a corn-shaped roof and four spires and housed a musical clock. Before buildings of over 10 floors appeared in Shanghai in the ‘30s, Holy Trinity Church was Shanghai’s highest point and the most eye-catching landmark, which was the first thing that heaved into view for passengers onboard ships. The bell tower was razed to the ground in 1966; the plan to restore it is afoot.

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