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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 stretches six miles total and boasts retailers from all over the world in addition to local shops and department stores. 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. Recent visitors said they didn't do much shopping because it was difficult to find a bargain. However, travelers were taken by the atmosphere of the lively thoroughfare and recommended going to witness the life of the area for that reason alone (though many strongly cautioned against engaging aggressive hawkers that permeate some parts of the street). Some even said vendors followed them, but not for very long. The best thing to do is to completely ignore them. Prostitution can also be found on Nanjing Road, so it's best not to bring children along. 

Getting to Nanjing Road is easy. Hop off the metro at the People's Square stop or Nanjing Road East. The area is free to wander, but bring your credit card should you want to take part in some retail therapy. You'll find this thoroughfare busy almost every day of the year. 

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