Nanjing Road

China's premier shopping street, the 5.5-km-long (3.4-mile-long) Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and West Yan'an Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.

Nanjing Road, Shanghai
Nanjing Road, Shanghai
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As a century-old shopping street in Shanghai, Nanjing Road was a witness of the city's history. Over time, it has been restructured, undergoing significant changes. Big traditional stores no longer dominate the market since modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theaters, and international hotels have mushroomed on both sides of the street. For shopping convenience, its eastern end has an all-weather pedestrian arcade.

What to Do in Nanjing Road

Exploring traditional department stores and latest fashion stores

Over 600 businesses on the road offer countless famous brands of superior quality and new fashions. Upscale stores include Tiffany, Mont Blanc, Omega, and Dunhill. Approximately a hundred traditional stores and specialty shops provide choice silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks. Shopping lovers will immerse themselves in the joy of purchasing here.

Savoring snacks of time-horned brands

Century-old traditional food stores can be easily found on Nanjing Road. You cannot only taste the most authentic Shanghai food here, but also buy some for your friends and families as gifts.

 Top 5 food stores on Nanjing Road:

Zhen Lao Da Fang: Selling smoked fish and moon cakes with meat fillings

Shanghai First Food Hall: Gathering various kinds of local snacks including traditional cakes

Wangjiasha Pastry Shop: Offering wontons, desserts, and special snacks for traditional Chinese festivals

Shen Da Cheng: Mainly making moon cakes with meat fillings

Shao Wan Sheng: Best for its wine cured crabs and mud snails

Taking the Dangdang sightseeing tram

It's an unforgettable experience to take a ride on the old-style Dangdang tram which operates from 8:30 to 22:00 daily. On the slow bus, you can see various stores out of the window, old or new, leaving your view one by one, like the history. A single trip takes about 10 minutes and you need to pay CNY 5 for it.

Sightseeing Bus on Nanjing Road
Sightseeing Bus on the Road
Nanjing Road at Night
Charming Night Piece

Appreciating the night view

Flashing neon signs illuminate the magnificent buildings and spangle the night skyline of this lively city. Open-air bars, abstract sculptures, and lingering sounds from street musicians enhance night strolls.

Visiting Tips

Bustling Crowd on the Pedestrian Street
Bustling Crowd on the Pedestrian Street

Shanghai Nanjing Road consists of the East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road, divided by the Middle Tibet Road. Comparatively speaking, East Nanjing Road is busier because of its advantageous location adjacent to the Bund, Shanghai's landmark. Visitors can choose to wander along the whole road or just part of it according to physical strength and time.

How to get to Nanjing Road, Shanghai

 To the middle of Nanjing Road
1. Take Metro Line 1, Line 2 or Line 8 and get off at People's Square.
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 1 and get off at Madame Tussauds.

 To East Nanjing Road:
Take Metro Line 2, Line 10, or City Sightseeing Bus Line 1 and get off at East Nanjing Rd. Station.

 To West Nanjing Road:
1. Take Metro Line 2, Line 12 or Line 13 and get off at West Nanjing Rd. Station.
2. Take bus 23, 24, 41, 301, 304, or 955 and get off at Shimen Yilu Nanjing Xilu Station.
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See more How to Get from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to People’s Square & Nanjing Road

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- Last modified on Apr. 24, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Nanjing Road
Asked by RB Chin from USA | Jul. 18, 2018 17:00Reply
What mode of transportation would you recommend from Pudong Airport to Heng Feng Road, Shanghai
around 9pm evening? Taxi or private car? Don't speak Chinese.
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mark from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 18, 2018 22:47

If it is in Putuo District, you can take the shuttle bus line 5 to the Railway Station and walk about 500m to get there.
If you mean it in Pudong District, you can take a taxi or take a maglev and transfer to Metro line 7 and then transfer to subway line 6 at West Gaoke Road. Get off at Dongming Road and walk about 1.1km you can get there.
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