East Nanjing Road

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East Nanjing Road information

Shànghǎi , China
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Linking the Bund with People’s Square is East Nanjing Rd, formerly known as Nanking Rd. This was where the first department stores in China were opened in the 1920s, and where the modern era – with its new products and the promise of a radically different lifestyle – was ushered in.

A glowing forest of neon at night, it’s no longer the cream of Shànghǎi shopping, but its pedestrian strip is still one of the most famous and crowded streets in China. Shànghǎi’s reputation as the country’s most fashionable city was forged in part here, through the new styles and trends introduced in department stores such as the Sun Sun (1926), today the Shànghǎi No 1 Food Store, and the Sun Company (1936), now the Shànghǎi No 1 Department Store.