Nanjing Dong Lu (Nanjing Road East)

The glittering, neon-flooded, golden mile of Shanghai runs from the Bund in the east to People’s Square in the west. Nanjing Dong LuNanjing Road was established as a commercial district in the mid 19th Century when it was part of the international settlement. Today, most of the strip, from Xizang Lu to Henan Lu, is a pedestrian mall. The street features countless shops, department stores, restaurants and high-end hotels (as well as a few budget ones). It also features countless touts and hawkers – you will be harassed here more than anywhere else in China with constant catch cries of “bags, watch, shoes” and occasionally “hashish” to the extent that walking Nanjing Dong Lu can seem like a gauntlet. Still, it ought to be experienced at least once, preferably both by day and night, before you confine your activities to the more relaxed parts of town.

Directions: Nanjing Dong Lu subway station will deposit you right on the street.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去南京东路步行街,谢谢。 (Please take me to Nanjing Dong Lu. Thank you.)