Adjacent to the historical Shanghai Bund, the Nanjing Road was part of the British Concession district in the mid Nineteenth Century. However, no significant historical relics remained. Today, the Nanjing Road has transformed into a popular shopping belt for foreign tourists. There are two sections of Nanjing Road; the East and West Nanjing Road.
The East Nanjing Road is the original colonial Nanjing Road and is now a human walkway with no motor car traffic. It comprises of departmental stores, numerous restaurants, tourist specialty shops and hotels. Shops here are reputable and the goods on sales are genuine products with pre-marked prices. Shopping along East Nanjing Road is generally safe although tourists should refrain from speaking with strangers that approached them along the street.
The West Nanjing Road on the other hand is a later extension of the original Nanjing Road. It is a long road of a few kilometers that stretched across the center of Shanghai City and comprises of local departmental stores, office buildings and hotels.
The People’s Square Metro Station (Metro Line 2 and 8) separates the East and West Nanjing Road. The East Nanjing Road segment is also served by the East Nanjing Road Station of Metro Line 2. On the western side, the West Nanjing Road ends at the Jingan Station of Metro Line 2.
The Nanjing Road is more of a shopping venue rather than a sightseeing destination. However, other tourist attractions such as the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower and Jingan Temple are close by within walking distances.
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