East Nanjing Road

The Bund & People's Square

Linking the Bund with People’s Square is East Nanjing Rd, once known as Nanking Rd. The first department stores in China opened here in the 1920s, when the modern machine age – with its new products, automobiles, art deco styling and newfangled ideas – was ushered in. A glowing forest of neon at night, it’s no longer the cream of Shanghai shopping, but its pedestrian strip remains one of the most famous and crowded streets in China.

Shanghai’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 Shanghai No 1 Food Store, and the Sun Company (1936), now the Shanghai No 1 Department Store. Today shops such as the vast Apple Store dominate the shopping landscape. Small 'train' tourist buses (¥5) roll from one pedestrianised end to the other.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Bund & People's Square attractions

1. Holy Trinity Church

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Dating back to 1869, this was an important church for the British during the days of colonial Shanghai (and featured in JG Ballad's Empire of the Sun)…

2. PearlLam Galleries


The Shanghai branch of this Hong Kong contemporary gallery is set within an old bank building dating from 1936. With a mix of Chinese and international…

3. Magda Danysz Gallery

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Well worth a cultural diversion, this bold and vibrant art space for both emerging and established Chinese and international names is twinned with its…

4. Rockbund Art Museum

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Housed in the magnificent former Royal Asiatic Society building (1932) – once Shanghai's first museum – this world-class gallery behind the Bund focuses…

5. Custom House

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The neoclassical Custom House, established at this site in 1857 and rebuilt in 1927, is one of the most important buildings on the Bund. Capping it is Big…

6. North China Daily News Building

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The former building of Shanghai-based English newspaper North China Daily, this 1921 neoclassical building is notable for its top-level Atlas art-nouveau…

7. Peace Gallery

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This intriguing little museum, in essence a long room stuffed with period objects and photos relating to the colourful history of the Peace Hotel, is an…

8. Bank of Communications Building

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With the Bund offering a showcase of the world's great architecture styles, representing art deco is the Bank of Communications Building with its classic…