|Shanghai Huaihai Road|
On a par with Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road is another one of the busiest streets in Shanghai. With numerous modern buildings and fashionable branded merchandise, it is acknowledged as the most beautiful and romantic shopping street all over Shanghai. The pleasant shopping environment, high-end restaurants and excellent hotel services all contribute to the popularity of the street. As the ‘Oriental Avenue des Champs-Élysées’, the shopping street often reminds people of Fifth Avenue in New York, Ginza Tokyo in Japan and Orchard Road in Singapore.
Huaihai Road is located in Luwan District and broadly stretches from East Huaihai Road to West Huaihai Road. In narrower terms, this road covers the distance from Huashan Road to South Tibet Road, with an overall length of around 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers). Nevertheless, to local residents, Huaihai Road generally refers to Mid Huaihai Road, which runs from South Shaanxi Road to South Tibet Road.
Dating back to about 100 years ago, the road was named Avenue Joffre and traversed the French concession. During the subsequent political upheavals, more and more foreigners moved to the area to seek a haven. After settling down, they operated various stores and led an elegant life style, appealing to the cultural elite and pioneers of new thinking. In 1950, the street was renamed Huaihai Road to commemorate the victory in the Huaihai Campaign. The straight street, lined with plane trees and western style architecture on both sides, maintains its exotic atmosphere till today.
Famous as a paradise for shoppers, the street has a large number of international brand stores, for example, the flagship stores of Zara, H&M, C&A, and Adidas. Large shopping centers, such as the Golden Bell Plaza, Hong Kong Plaza, Libao Plaza, Shanghai Times Square, Kering Department Store, Pacific Department Store, and Parkson Shopping Center, offer luxurious and the latest high-end goods. If you are keen on products of superb quality, you can find almost all designer goods here, like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci and Tiffany. In addition, there are Shanghai Women’s Goods Shop and Gujin Underwear Store, both providing affordable and comfortable articles for women.
|Map of Huaihai Road|
For those who are not interested in shopping, this road is also a good place for a stroll. The former residence of Madam Soong Ching-ling is located along this road. The consulate generals of the USA, France and Japan as well as the newly-built Shanghai Library are all near this street. As one of the finest residential areas in Shanghai, the surrounding roads are filled up with pretty gardens and magnificent villas. If you are just killing time, you can wander around the streets and take in local life or admire the architecture. On autumn days, as the yellow leaves of plane trees cover the road, walking on the street is indeed an enjoyable experience.
The night view on this street is also vey admirable. When night falls, cars flow in an endless stream along the boulevard. Neon lights circling the buildings flash in different patterns and colors, adding more charm to Shanghai, a sleepless city.
There are several subway stations located just along Mid Huaihai Road. Visitors can get off at any of them to reach the famous street.
1. Take subway line 1 and get off at South Huangpi Road station, South Shaanxi Road station, or Changshu Road station.
2. Take subway line 7 and get off at Changshu Road station.
3. Take subway line 8 and get off at Dashijie station.
4. Take subway line 10 and get off at Jiaotong University, Shanghai Library, or South Shaanxi Road station.
5. Take subway line 13 and get off at Middle Huaihai Rd. Station.
1. Take bus line 42, 167, 198, 320, 911, 920, or 926 and get off at Mid Huaihai Road South Shaanxi Road station.
2. Take bus line 24, 41, 104, 146, 301, 304, or 955 and get off at South Shaanxi Road Mid Huaihai Road station.
3. Take bus line 146 or 986 and get off at Mid Huaihai Road Sinan Road station.
4. Take bus line 45 or 327 and get off at Xiangyang Park station, then walk north along South Xiangyang Road to get there.
5. Take City Sightseeing Bus and get off at Huashi Plaza, No.688 Huaihai Road.
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