Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), Shanghai

Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), Shanghai (must see)

Nanjing Lu in Shanghai is the world’s longest and busiest pedestrian shopping street. It attracts over a million visitors every day and has all types of stores from the upscale to the quaint.

The road begins at the Bund in the East and ends at the People’s Square in the West. It was established in 1845 by the British and was called Park Lane. In the 1900s, eight big stores were located here and later franchises of many major British stores set up shop. The road saw little development after the international settlement in Shanghai was annulled. In the year 2000, the local government converted it into a pedestrian street when Shanghai was modernized to attract tourists.

Today, Nanjing Lu is a hub of activity in Shanghai. 600 international business establishments offer a range of products including upscale fashions and well-known brands like Tiffany and Mont Blanc. There are also food chains franchises, open-air bars, and fine dining restaurants. Street musicians add to the festive atmosphere of the street. Visitors can take a relaxed trip on a trackless train enjoying the sights and sounds of the busy street by day or taking in the neon signs and illuminated skyline by night.

Why You Should Visit:
It's a fun sight to watch, especially at night, when all the malls lay side by side trying to grasp your attention by lighting up all the lights and countless screens they have on them.
What's more amazing is the stark contrast of old world Art Deco charm on one side of the street while the modern designs of the new malls wow you with their stunning lines and transparency.

Tip:
The newer malls are actually worth exploring as they reflect a side of modern Chinese millennials and their pursuits in cute (yes, literally cute) luxury items.
On a foodie note, try the food court in the New World City Plaza mall. Huge, pretty, clean, numerous stores, good prices. And the LEGO shop on its ground floor is a haven for LEGO lovers.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District   City Orientation Walking Tour II  

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