Best Shopping in Shanghai on Nanjing Road

January 25, 2012 by

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Nanjing Road is a bustling shopping center. Photo courtesy of triplefivechina via Flickr.

Nanjing Road is a bustling shopping center. Photo courtesy of triplefivechina via Flickr.

While staying in China’s most cosmopolitan city, it is an absolute must to indulge in some shopping! And there is no other place to do it than Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s main shopping street that was named one of the world’s Seven Great Roads in the 1930’s, and maintains a robust reputation today.

Nanjing Road is perhaps the most important commercial hub in Shanghai and is a strip of hundred of shops and rich cultural, political and social history. It is the world’s longest shopping strip, so make sure you wear your comfortable shoes!

Also be prepared for the crowds – this mega-destination attracts more than 1 million tourists every single day to scour its wares for a bargain or two! The street is roughly divided into East and West, with prices, quality and brands increasing in caliber as you head west. There is also a pedestrian only center section, where you can take a breather in People’s Park or wander through the book and stationery stores that dominate this area.

Serious shoppers may want to book a morning orientation tour as the sheer size of the road can be overwhelming to the unacquainted. Come with a list, some cash or a credit card and a serious lot of bargaining determination to get the most out of this surreal commercial experience!

- John Reality

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