When outsiders and foreigners come to Shanghai, they would
invariably like to stroll along its main streets and roads,
looking for Shanghai-made things and buy some of those commodities
with special Shanghai flavor to be brought back when they
return home as souvenirs, keepsakes or gifts for their relatives
In the old days of Shanghai, many shops for foreign buyers
were opened in such sections as Nanking Road (Nanjing Lu),
Yates Road (Tongfu Lu), Northern Szechuan Road(Sichuan Bei
Lu) and Avenue Joffre(Huaihai Zhong Lu). The tourists coming
from all parts of the world would like to go there for shopping.
The advent of the 90s saw the ongoing contriving efforts
of Shanghai in creating its image as a "tourists' metropolis"
for the tourists from other parts of the country and foreign
countries. Having enjoyed the wide fame as "China's Number
One Street", Nanjing Road has seen new features with its
old face in regression in these few years. On one hand,
long-established stores and old famed restaurants have "recovered
their youthful vigour", and their business now continues
to thrive as ever before. While on the other hand, utterly
new shopping centres have sprung up like mushrooms such
as Mosta, Manhattan Square, Wings Dressmarket and Sincere
Company, providing a vast space for the buyers to pick up
what they would like to have. On Nanjing Road one can find
not only distinctly characterised "Homes of Famous-brand
Goods", but also elegant eating houses tastefully laid out.
There the mellow fragrance of hot coffee now and then is
being wafted to you by the breeze; and fairly often lingers
in the air the reveberation of merriment of video game players.
As a "shoppers' paradise" for the world's tourists, Shanghai
should be able to proffer the world's exquisite goods. It
is Huaihai Road that has been fulfilling this requirement
for elegant articles on the highest plane. Esprit, Nick,
Jeans West, Dison and some other exclusive stores or counters
selling brands of goods of international fame are of "Five-Star"
grade as has been used to grade luxury hotels, one of which
you will find just on the same road----Jinjiang Hotel.
The Old Temple of City God wherein lies Yuyuan the Happy
Garden, and the Old Shanghai County Seat City proper retain
their classical or antique features in a way. As the first-stage
renovation of the used-to-be "kingdom of small commodities",
there you will find a complete range of varieties of tourists'
souvenirs possessing the unique features of the local Shanghainese
Lastly, Xujia Hui(used to be a border assembly area years
ago) has now been built into a new commerce and shopping
assembly area. There have gone up Oriental Shopping Centre,
Pacific Department Store plus its square, Daqian Centre
of Delicious Foods, Jianguo Hotel, Huating Sheralton Hotel
and the like. If you go there, to be sure, you will feel
the out-of-the-common breath of spirit of this metropolis
in the Orient--its name is SHANGHAI!
The following is a list of famous shopping centers: