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Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

Nanjing Road (南京路 Nánjīnglù) is Shanghai's main shopping street, famously named one of the World's Seven Great Roads in the 1930s and now making a rapid comeback after decades of Maoist austerity. The road stretches from The Bund east towards Hongqiao, with Shanghai's centerpoint People's Square (人民广场) in the middle.

Get in

Metro Line 2 runs under Nanjing Road for much of the way, intersecting with Line 1 and line 8 at People's Square.

Shanghai City Air Terminal (near Metro Jing'an Temple) opened in March 2008. Consisting of three parts -- the main hall, the hallway and the lounge -- Pudong International Airport's T2 has a combined floor space of 546,000 square meters. With T2 in operation, Pudong can now handle 490,000 flights annually, with a passenger capacity of 60 million.

See

  • People's Square (人民广场; Rénmín Guǎngchǎng), (Metro lines 1 or 2). Located at the heart of the city, it is the political and cultural center of this city. A racecourse in the colonial era and the place where one million Red Guards gathered in 1966, today's park is a comfortable place to spend an afternoon with many pigeons and lots of fresh air.
  • The Shanghai Museum, 201 Renmin Dadao, +86 21 63723500, [1]. 9AM-5PM (last admission at 4PM), Sa to 7PM. The premiere museum of Chinese art and artifacts. It is located in People's Square and is beautiful inside and out. The exterior evokes a bronze urn, which is appropriate since the museum holds the world's greatest collection of Chinese bronzes. The collection is well-presented and state-of-the-art. Directions and information are presented in Chinese and English, and the facilities are world-class. The audio guide is highly recommended, especially if you do not know much about Chinese art. ¥20, free Sa 5PM-7PM; audio guide ¥40.
Jing An Temple (2007)
  • Shanghai Art Gallery, (Bordering People's Square on NW corner). Large international gallery with a frequently changing program.
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, 100 Renmin Dadao. More interesting than you would expect given its name, this museum documents the history of Shanghai and attempts to chart its future, with changing exhibits on the first two floors and a permanent exhibition on the rest - including an exhibition of Communist propoganda posters. Particularly worthwhile is the massive scale model of what Shanghai should look like in 2020. ¥25.
  • Jing'an Temple (静安寺). Not to be confused by the Temple of the Jade Buddha (玉佛寺). This is an old temple said to have been built in AD 247.

Do

  • Shanghai Grand Opera Palace, (W of People's Park), [2]. Often listed as one of the ten best opera houses in the world. Performances are usually classic opera.
  • Peking Opera (Jīngjù; 京剧), 710 Fuzhou Rd (On the first big corner on your right if you walk down Fuzhou Lu coming from Renmin Sq). Peking opera is very different from its Western counterpart, and you may want to listen to a sample to decide if you will survive for three hours. Some operas include acrobatic stunts, other focus more on singing, and sometimes a tourist-oriented mash-up is performed that includes the best bits from various works. Interest for this art-form is low from tourists and Shanghainese alike, so getting a ticket is not a problem. Show listings and staff are in Chinese and Mandarin only. Around ¥80.
  • Shanghai Acrobatics Show, 1376 W Nanjing Rd (theater inside Ritz-Carlton). Features all the impressive acts of Chinese circus packed into one 90 minute show.. Tickets are best bought in advance, especially in the weekend. The good acts are up right from the start, so do not be late! About ¥150.
  • Electronic market, (Baoshan Metro Station, Line 3 or 4). Go to the electronic market. They sell electronics, but also all sorts of crazy stuff. Not too many foreigners go there yet so enjoy while it lasts. Careful with USB-sticks, all Sony USB sticks above 32 GB (and possibly all others) are fake and do not work. They contain a small capacity chip that has been reprogrammed to identify itself as a large chip and they will destroy your data when you exceed their real capacity.

Buy

Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street at night (2006)

Nanjing Road is the most important commercial street in Shanghai, with hundreds of shops, many with a rich history. It is the world's longest shopping district, around 6 km long, and attracts over 1 million visitors daily. As a rough generalization, Nanjing E Rd (南京东路; Nanjing Donglu) is more historical but these days a little downmarket, while Nanjing W Road (南京西路; Nanjing Xilu) is brash, modern and caters more to the status-conscious luxury shopper.

  • Nanjing East Road. Traffic free zone stretching from People's Square to the Bund Waterfront. This street is usually overcrowded, especially late in the afternoon and during weekends. Shops, malls, restaurants and cafes attract locals and visitors alike.
  • Nanjing West Road. The western section is reputed as a famous luxurious shopping center and has many high end boutiques catering for those with money to spend. If you want to get good deals, look for small shops in the adjacent streets, where you can find real bargains.
  • Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street. The car-free central section between People's Park and Henan Zhonglu, is known for its stationery and book stores. One of the largest is the Shanghai Book City which is all Chinese language, or the the Foreign Book Store just down the street.

Eat

Budget

  • Wujiang Road (吴江路; Wujianglu), (Metro Nanjing W Rd Stn, formerly, 1 Shimen Rd Stn). Short, twisty alleyway packed with fiercely competitive shops selling snacks and small meals. Very Chinese, with English menus basically unknown. Very cheap, almost everything less than ¥10.
  • Xiaoyang Shengjian (小杨生煎), 60 Wujiang Rd. Shanghai's most famous purveyor of shengjian (生煎), basically fried xiao long bao, and easily spotted thanks to the yellow signs and never-ending (but fast-moving) queue outside, with over 10,000 served daily. Pay at the cashier, then join the queue, get your buns either on a plate to eat in, or packed in a box for take away. For those eating indoors, three types of soup are also available. ¥5.5 for 4.
  • Da Niang Shui Jiao (大娘水饺), E Nanjing Rd (南京东路; Nanjingdonglu). Part of a chain of dumpling (饺子 "jiaozi") restaurants around the country. Think of it like the McDonalds of Chinese dumplings. Some of the cheapest food on the Nanjing Rd, pedestrian mall, but be prepared with either a phrase book or a Chinese friend. Dumplings are ordered in "fen". "San fen" (三分) = three fen = a normal sized plate. To order dumplings: number + "fen" + filling (pork, vegetable, etc.). Soup is also available.
  • Saizeriya, (Jing'an Temple Stn). One of a Japanese chain of Italian restaurants. Menus are available in English. Decently-sized plate of pasta less than ¥20, and all-you-can-drink soft drinks ¥6 from 11AM-2PM.

Mid-range

  • Bali Laguana (巴厘岛), 3 Jinan Park, 189 Huashan Rd; 静安区华山路189号静安公园3号门 (Near W Nanjing Rd), +86 21 62486970. Standard Indonesian food served in a romantic and delightful setting overlooking a small pool that is particularly pretty at night.
  • CoCo Ichibanya (CoCo壱番屋), (B1 Jiuguang store, exit 2 from Jing'an Temple Metro). One of a Japanese chain of curry restaurants, with seafood, meat, and vegetarian curries available and variable levels of spiciness. There will be seasonal items on the menu that change depending on time of year. ¥30-50 for a meal for one person.
  • Godly 1922, 445 West Nanjing Road. Vegetarian restaurants (the meatballs, chicken, etc on the menu are imitaions) RMB 40.

Splurge

  • Huanghe Road (黄河路), (Next to Park Hotel). Assembly of good seafood restaurants in the Chinese style, geared more for larger groups and featuring fish tanks, meters of red plush and golden dragons encrusted on all available surfaces. Fairly expensive.
  • K5 (Also known as Kathleen's 5), 325 Nanjing Xi (W) Rd, 5F, [3]. Located on top of the old Shanghai Horse Racing Club (the bullseye of Shanghai capital), now being restored as the Shanghai Art Museum. The menu offers gastronomical global cuisine with French influence. The views from the glass-encased rooftop and garden terrace are spectacular.
  • Rongfu, No. 12, Lane 289, Weihai Road (neat Four season and Howard Johnsons hotels), 021-63727717. Guangzhou cusine and seafood. Elegant and quiet restaurant with great food. Not visited by many non-Chinese and the staff does not speak much English, but the menu is also in English. ¥50-200 for most dishes.

Drink

  • Just Grapes, 462 Dagu Road, (21) 33113205 (, fax: 021-33113209), [4]. 5pm-11.30pm. Wine bar. It is also a wine store, and has an upstairs restaurant serving salads, pasta, and pizza. This is the perfect place to taste a glass of good wine at the bar or outside on the wooden patio glass of wine from ¥58.

Sleep

Budget

  • Shanghai Haigang Hotel (上海海港宾馆), 中国上海市泰兴路89号 (around the corner from carl jr's), 86-021-62553553. Near Pho Sizzling ¥300.
  • Backpacker Homestay, (between Haifang and Jiangning Rds), [5]. A unique and cheap accommodation. Provides cheap hostels for people sharing apartment in Shanghai. Freedom, comfort and no curfew. Suitable for a long or short stay. No longer accepting bookings.
  • Jinjiang Inn South Fujian, 33 Fujian S Rd (15-min walk from People's Sq), +86 21-63260505, [6]. An excellent address for small budgets, in the city center of Shanghai. The hotel is entirely renovated, and offers very clean rooms with TV and internet connection. Single room ¥200, family room ¥320.
  • Rendezvous Merry Hotel Shanghai (上海美丽园龙都大酒店; Shànghǎi měilì yuánlóng dōudà jiǔdiàn), No 396, Yan'an Rd W(延安西路396号; yán ān xī lù 396 hào) (near Jingan Temple commercial district), +86 21 6249 5588 (, fax: +86 21 6249 2287), [7]. Rooms with free internet. The hotel has a Chinese and a Western restaurant and a bar that can provide coffee and beer. The hotel possesses various kinds of auxiliary facilities such as Chamber, Business Center, Currency exchange service, Shopping, Florist, Beauty Salon, Laundry, etc. Listed rates for doubles from ¥552.
  • Shanghai YMCA, (Near People's Park), [8]. Comfortable rooms at a good quality price. The YMCA in Shanghai was closed as of March 2008.
  • Le Tour Traveler's Rest Youth Hostel (上海乐途静安国际青年旅舍), No 36, 319 Jiaozhou Rd (10 min walk from Metro Jing'an Temple Stn and Airport City terminal bus station), +86 21-62671912 reservations (), [9]. A YHA's bed and breakfast hostel. The building was built in 1930s as a towel factory and is deliberately refurbished to maintain its unique details: narrow lane (NongTang), Stone-frame, packing case etc. The hostel offers a lively vibrant atmosphere, including a cafe and bar, free internet, bike hire, laundry, luggage lockers and more. In the reception there is a Travel Center, where guests can book train tickets, purchase postcards & stamps, and book tours and shows. They also have another branch in Putuo District. Normal season: Dorm ¥60-65, private double ¥200, private twin ¥210, private triple ¥270.


Mid range

  • Central View Suites, 288 Shanxi N Rd, [10]. One of the best located hotels in Shanghai, bringing you closer to plenty of cultural attractions, while giving you easy access to the business district as well. Shoppers will be pleased to know that adjacent to the hotel is an 8-storey shopping mall.
  • Gan Yuan Hotel, 417 Yuyao Rd, +86 21-62727258, [11]. A 3-star hotel. It is 11 km away from Hongqiao Airport, while Pudong Airport is 52 km away. The hotel is also close to the following places: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund, and Jing'an Temple. From ¥275.
  • Howard Johnson All Suites Hotel Shanghai (上海绿地豪生全套房酒店; Shànghǎi lǜdìháo shēngquán tàofáng jiǔdiàn), No 1155, Yan'an W Rd(延安西路1155号; Yánān xīlù 1155 hào) (10 min from Shanghai Railway Stn (7 km)), +86 21 52382555 (, fax: +86 21 62264822), [12]. Rooms with free internet. Also has a bar that can provide coffee and beer. Listed rates for doubles from ¥428.
  • Jing'an Hotel Jin Jiang, 370 Huashan Rd, +86 21-61226688 (). A classic Spanish-style hotel. The hotel offers 126 aptly furnished rooms and a wealth of dining and leisure facilities. Business amenities include a fully equipped business center and meeting and conference venues.
  • JunAn Design Hotel, 696 Nanjing W Rd, +86 21-51751188, [13]. West side of Nanjing Rd. Opposite the hotel lies the famous Shanghai Television Tower. Rooms are air-conditioned, fitted with cable TV, hair dryer, and broadband Internet access. They also have a private bathroom and safe. Western and Chinese buffet breakfast is available. From ¥431.
  • Pacific Bridge Hotel, 572 Xikang Rd, (), [14]. Business hotel that provides guests with fine dining options, aptly equipped business and events venues, excellent service, and comfortable Shanghai accommodations all-in-one. Its location near the Shanghai Exhibition Center and Jing’an Temple makes it an ideal place for business and leisure travelers when in Shanghai.
  • Shanghai Jin Chang Hotel, Changde Rd, [15]. 3-star hotel. The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple, and Nanjing Rd are few of the places you can visit while staying at this hotel. They offer air-conditioned rooms that has a satellite TV, high-speed Internet, mini-bar, telephone, and smoke alarm.
  • Shanghai Yin Fa Hotel, No 1068 W Beijing Rd, +86 21-62556600, [16]. Houses 72 air-conditioned rooms equipped with cable TV, telephone, electronic door locks, slippers, and electric kettle. Some of their facilities include conference rooms, health and fitness center, sauna, lobby bar, and game room. Li Yuan Restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine and can accommodate 130 guests. From ¥428.
  • Shanxi Business Hotel, +86 21-52624866, [17]. It is located 15 km away from Hongqiao Airport. 178 air-conditioned rooms. From ¥486.
  • Skiline - World Union Service Apartment, Suite 1912, 199 North Wulumuqi Rd 200040, +86 21 62484520, [18]. Studio, Twin Bed and Suite, all equipped with Air-conditioning, Cable TV and High-speed Internet access. Facilities and services are Business centre, Airport transfer and Travel agency. From CNY 350.00.

Splurge

  • Four Seasons, 500 Weihai Rd, +86 21-62568888. A favorite with business travelers, a luxury hotel with excellent amenities and several in-hotel dining options. The breakfast buffet is lavish, though typical of high-end Shanghai hotels. Given the cost (¥225) consider upgrading to the Executive Club Lounge (not to be confused with the "Executive Suite") where you get free cooked breakfast on the 37th floor.
  • IVY Shanghai, 709 Jiaozhou Rd, +86 21-32212600 (, fax: +86 21-32212266), [19]. The 5-star hotel offers very intimate service for each of its 45 rooms and suites. Each floor is assigned a butler, business amenities abound, and the hotel boasts a teppanyaki restaurant.
  • Park Hotel (国际饭店; Guoji Fandian), 170 Nanjing W Rd (People's Park Stn), +86 21-63275225. Another Art Deco masterpiece, it was once the tallest building in the Far East with 22 soaring stories, but in today's Shanghai it looks like a refugee from Gotham City among the surrounding glass and steel skyscrapers. Convenient location, but the rooms with good views facing Nanjing Xilu and the Park also have to deal with the road's traffic noise.
  • Salvo Hotel Shanghai, 339 Guangdong Rd, [20]. The first all-steel high-rise in the area covering The Bund, Huangpu River and Nanjing Road. This 5-star hotel features Spanish-style furnishings and diverse cuisines in each of its three restaurants. From ¥700.
  • Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel. Highest hotel in the world in terms of distance from the ground, the Shanghai Grand Hyatt is located in one of Shanghai's landmarks, the Jin Mao Tower. Go to the Piano Bar to check out the famous barrel-vaulted atrium.
  • Shanghai Hotel Jin Jiang, 505 N Wulumuqi Rd. 4-star hotel offering unparalleled comfort, convenience, and luxurious amenities for business and leisure. Celebrate grand or intimate occasions in our multi-purpose function rooms. Or iron out business matters with the aid of our well-equipped business center.

Stay safe

  • Be very careful of Chinese 'students' asking you to take a photo or help them practice their English (especially around the Shanghai Museum in People's Square). They may lead you into a very comfortable and natural conversation while you walk to a Tea Culture Festival or a Tea Ceremony. In the end you end up with a large bill ranging from as little as ¥50 or more than ¥1000.


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