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Nanjing Road free

Shan Xi Nan Lu | Shanghai, China
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  • Type: Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 3.0 (3.0)
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Whether or not you have money to burn, consider visiting Nanjing Road to witness the hustle and bustle of Chinese commerce. The Shanghai equivalent of New York's Fifth Avenue, Nanjing Road boasts retailers from all over the world. In the daylight, you'll admire the graceful architecture of the surrounding buildings. At night, you'll marvel at the illuminated logos and brand names that line the avenue.

The main drag has been designated a pedestrian-only street, but that doesn't mean you can ignore traffic. Thousands of shoppers clog this main artery on a regular basis, so come prepared to power through the crowds. And if you are planning to spend some cash, make sure you do so wisely. Echoing the sentiments of many travelers, one TripAdvisor users says, "The only annoying thing was that there were really so many touts and scammers disturbing you."

Getting to Nanjing Road is easy. Just take metro lines 1, 2, or 8 to the People's Square Station, which is at the center of Nanjing Road. For more information, consult our guide to Getting Around Shanghai. The area is free to wander, but bring your credit card to help you take part in some retail therapy. You'll find this thoroughfare busy almost every day of the year. 

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