Nanjing Road was the first commercial road in Shanghai.
In the early 20th century, there were only four department
stores along this stretch. Today, it has become the number
one place for shopping in the city. The money at work
in the road has encouraged many companies and businesses
over the years to set up bases near here. Nanjing Road
is fantastically located, stemming off the Huangpu River
and the Bund at a right angle and linking the city's main
commercial and residential districts to the mouth of the
river. The road to the east of Tibet Road is called Nanjing
Dong Road while the road to the west is known as Nanjing
In the past few years, mammoth changes have taken place
here. The street was beginning to look a little down at
heel and Huaihai road was pulling the wealthier customers
away from this street. A huge improvement plan was put
into action and completed just in time for Chinese New
Year 2000. New shopping centers have been erected and
a large section of the street has been pedestrianised.
There are also some first class hotels scattered along
the road including the Peace Hotel, and the Portman. In
the evenings, the street looks at its best, with neon
lights and advertising billboards illuminating the glorious
buildings along the road.