Shanghai Walking and Touring
If you want to go on walks down Shanghai Streets, shop and tour a little, here are two routes that take a day to do.
Day Tour Route 1
A classic Shanghai shopping and touring route for a day. Start at Xujiahui Catholic Church → Huaihai Road Commercial Street → Nanjing Road Walking Street → Lujiazui Central Park.
For some tourists, walking around Shanghai is walking in a shopping and touring paradise. You can get prestigious Chinese and foreign brands, dine on global cuisines, experience all kinds of entertainment and see many beautiful buildings in Shanghai on this route.
With the Catholic Church as a starting point, Xujiahui is the first shopping place. It has the four "King Kongs" of the Shanghai shopping experience: the Oriental Department Store, the Hong Kong Exchange, the Pacific Department Store and Huijin Square. After finishing shopping at all of the department stores above ground, tourists can continue underground to the Xujiahui Subway Underground Mall. Big Chinese cities have a lot of underground malls. They are often under plazas.
Then take the subway from Xujiahui Station to Huaihai road. You can find high-quality goods from countries all over the world including more than 400 stores such as Paris Spring, Shanghai Times Square, Golden Bell Plaza, Shanghai Square, Hong Kong Square, Pacific Department Huaihai Shop, Parkston and so on. Close to these places are the Shanxi South Road and the Changle Road that is a worth your shopping.
After having a meal as well as a short rest in a restaurant (see why to eat in Shanghai) there, come to today’s third highlight called People's Square that is full of various commodities such as Hong Kong Street and enjoy yourself making choices of what you like. Then walk to the Nanjing Road where there are more than a hundred time-honored shops and commercial buildings full of modernized trappings waiting for you.
Then take the Metro Line 2 from Nanjing East Road to Lujiazui, and then go to Zhengda Square. You’ll find prestigious Chinese and foreign brands, global cuisine and all kinds of entertainments. Choose a restaurant and enjoy the beautiful night scene of Lujiazui. And finally, finish a day of a crazy shopping trip.
Day Tour Route 2
This is a culture tour of Shanghai: Duolun Road Cultural Street → Fuzhou Road Cultural Street → Nanjing Road Walking Street → Bund City Sculpture Group.
Visitors can walk through all the old Shanghai Shiliyangchang (a place of bustling scenes) and experience a new Shanghai by its humanistic amorous feelings. Visit the prosperous and modern panoramic view of Shanghai and the elegant cultural tastes in the route, enjoy the full-bodied elegant flavor of Shanghai’s culture, and enjoy delicious cuisines as well.
Set out in the morning and go to Duolun Road Cultural Street in Hongkou District (you can take Metro Line 3 to the Hongkou Football Field). There you can appreciate the unique Wenbo scenery and the elegant cultural tastes.
Walk along to Fuzhou Road Cultural Street, and you can enjoy the full-bodied elegant flavor of Shanghai's culture. There are lots of bookstores, such as Shanghai Bookstore, Ancient Bookstore, Foreign Language Bookstore, Science Bookstore and etc. And then walk towards the north to Nanjing Road Walking Street. If it is your first trip to Shanghai, Nanjing road is a good place to have a visit. In the walking street of more than 1,200 meters, colored paving bricks and unified kiosks in the central street accent all kinds of fashionable shops on both sides of the street making the bustling crowd lively. The motion of the small sightseeing train and the delicate design of the city sculpture join in to frame the panorama of Shanghai scenery.
There are many restaurants along the way, and you can choose one to enjoy a delicious dinner and appreciate the flourishing nightlife in Nanjing Road. Keep going forward to the east of the famous Bund that is known as the "Exhibition of the World's Architecture." There are a variety of buildings that were built early in the 20th Century such as the Neoclassical HSBC Building and the Art Deco Sassoon House. Walking among them, you can experience the bustling and prosperous nightlife of Shanghai. Leaning upon a balcony and looking at the distance, you can even see skyscrapers in Lujiazui across the Huangpu River. You can see the panorama of Shanghai’s modern buildings. Shanghai has the third highest building in the world situated there.