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Nanjing Road Shopping District

Experience the bustling energy of Shanghai’s most famous commercial street, with a pedestrian mall surrounded by traditional and luxury shopping opportunities. 

The Nanjing Road Shopping District, one of the city’s busiest shopping areas, has a history stretching back more than 100 years. The district is now a mix of towering department stores and colonial-era buildings along a pedestrian mall. Find luxury brands, international fast-food chains, and shops selling silk and jade.

The district began as the main road in the city’s International Settlement, serving as a hub for imported and Western products. It is now divided into two sections: Nanjing Dong Lu (Nanjing Road East) and Nanjing Xi Lu (Nanjing Road West), with People's Park (Renmin Gongyuan) marking the halfway point. Discover historic landmarks and sprawling new additions on the street’s pedestrian-only eastern half. The western half is distinctly more modern, catering toward high-end shoppers. 

Don’t miss the district’s iconic “Big Four” department stores: the No. 1 Department Store, the No. 1 Provisions Store, the Shanghai Fashion Company and the Hualian Commercial Building. The Shanghai Fashion Company has a striking art deco exterior, while the square nearby to the Hualian Commercial Building occasionally hosts performances. Stop by this square in the morning and you’ll often see local residents practicing tai chi, traditional dances or ballroom steps.

Head to the Shanghai First Food Store found on the west end of the street to pick up gift-wrapped cakes, candy and other sweet treats. Check out a wonderful selection of Chinese pottery and porcelain at Shanghai Jingde Zhen Porcelain Artware. For more upscale products, visit Plaza 66 where you’ll find luxury brands ranging from Cartier to Versace.

Be sure to see Nanjing Dong Lu in the evening, when the street buzzes with lively open-air bars, street musicians and flashing neon signs. After a day of exploring, rest your feet by enjoying the atmosphere via the street’s sightseeing trolley, an electric train that runs up and down the pedestrian mall.

Nanjing Road Shopping District stretches across more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) of central Shanghai, from the the Bund in the east to the to the Jing’An Temple in the west. Travel here via the Shanghai Sightseeing bus or subway using the East or West Nanjing Road stops. 

Popular Activities at Nanjing Road Shopping District

Make the most of your time at Nanjing Road Shopping District. Here is a list of the top activities:

How about making your visit that much more special? A Half Day Classic Shanghai Private Tour and a Family Friendly Shanghai City Tour with Maglev Ride & Lunch are both worth thinking about.

For even more activities, have a look at our Shanghai things to do page.


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Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥13,045
Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 7 minutes.

    Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥12,105
    Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

    Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

    555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and The Bund. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai ¥15,017
      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

      88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

        Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥10,921
        Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

        Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

        505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, Shanghai Museum, and People's Square. Yu Garden and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

          Central Hotel Shanghai ¥11,225
          Central Hotel Shanghai

          Central Hotel Shanghai

          No 555 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Shanghai Museum of Pen and Ink and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Old Chinese City and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). People's Square Station is 8 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 11 minutes.

            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza) ¥10,618
            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

            595 Jiu Jiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 9 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 10 minutes.

              Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel ¥11,210
              Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

              Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

              159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town God Temple Snack Street, Yu Garden, and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Old Street are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 16 minutes.

                Fairmont Peace Hotel ¥26,227
                Fairmont Peace Hotel

                Fairmont Peace Hotel

                20 Nanjing Road East, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Museum of Pen and Ink, Nanjing Road Shopping District, and Old Chinese City. Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Tiantong Road Station is 14 minutes.