Since the first half of the 20th century, Shanghai has developed into China's largest commercial city. The city has developed domestic and foreign trade and better communications facilities. Numerous shops in the city sell local, special and famous products from other parts of the country or foreign countries. In the past several decades, shops in Shanghai have been famous for their long history and better quality, wide variety, different styles and colors of their products at home and abroad.
Shops are in every corner of the city, especially those on Nanjing, Huaihai, Sichuan, Jinling roads and Yuyuan and Xujiahui commercial cities are very famous. All of them have wide variety of goods and customers can buy high-quality fashion clothes in the world and also the famous and special products from other parts of the country in large bazaars or markets.
Yuyuan Tourist Trade City
Yuyuan Tourist Trade City is next to Yuyuan Garden and Town God's Temple and is famous for small commodities. The garden-like buildings in this city are of the Ming and Qing dynasties in the southern area of the Yangtze River. They have flying upturned eaves and carved beams and painted columns, demonstrating a strong local flavor. It is a center of shopping, tourism, cultural sites, food and amusement.
First Department Store and Its New Building
Built On October 20, 1949, this department store covers an area of 120,000 square meters and has more than 1,000 counters. It deals 40,000 kinds of goods of 60 categories. It is the largest store which receives the largest number of customers and registers the highest business volume in the country. It leads its counterparts in the country. In the second half of 1997, its new building was constructed to its east end.
Parkson Shopping Center
At the juncture of Huaihai Road and Shaanxi S. Road, Parkson Shopping Center is run by the Parkson Group from Malaysia. The Italian cafe room, McDonald's and snacks of Southeast Asian flavor are good for customers to enjoy after shopping. Chaojiangchun Restaurant on the seventh floor and Golden Times Night Club on the eighth floor are famous in Shanghai.
Xujiahui Commercial City
In southwest Shanghai, this city has Xujiahui Square as its center and covers an area of 1.2 square kilometers. The city includes Oriental Trade Mansion, Pacific Department Store, Huijin Department Store, Sixth Department Store, Zhongxing Department Store, Huilian Trade Mansion, Bailaohui, Xinluda Department Store.
International Shopping Center
This center occupies a floor space of 40,000 square meters and is a place for shopping, food, amusement and office work. It has a unique layout and has paths among streets, small stores in big shops and small gardens among big ones. Some companies have their shops here such as Huating Istan Co., Blue Belt International Amusement Co. Ltd. and Fragrant Isle Gourmet Square Co. Ltd.
Women's Article Shop
Shanghai Women's Article Shop is the first of its kind in the country and has a special counter of clothes of middle-aged women. This shop deals famous, new and special commodities and high-grade commodities from other parts of the country or imported from other countries.
Shanghai First Food Store
It is developed from Xinxin Co. and got the present name in 1956. It is the largest comprehensive food store in the city and sells fresh and dried food from other parts of the country or imported from other countries.
Hualian Trade Mansion
Hualian Trade Mansion was rebuilt from Yong'an Co. in 1987. It has become one of the modern department stores in the city. It has been ranked as one of the first three best department stores in terms of sales in the country for several years in a row.
Paris Spring Department Store Co.
This building demonstrates a mixture of French and classical architecture and a modern style, selling clothes of the top international brands.
New World Ltd., Co.
On Nanjing W. Road, this company is the largest modern trade mansion in Puxi Area and deals general merchandise and medium- and highgrade commodities.
Shops on such streets deal certain kinds of goods of different brands and facilitate customers to make choices in the purchase.
Cultural Street on Fuzhou Road
Fuzhou Road is famous as a cultural street for 100-year-old bookstores and stationery shops. Today it still boasts more than 30 bookstores such as Chinese Science and Technology Bookstore and Foreign Language Bookstore.
Shopping Street on Huaihai Road
Huaihai Road is as famous as Nanjing Road for its tourist and shopping street. This street boasts some 400 stores and shops. The exterior appearance and interior layout of buildings demonstrate a strong cultural flavor of a city, selling exquisite goods in the world.
Clothing Street on Huating Road
This street is famous for its private stands for selling clothes and small decorations. It leads the fashion trends of the city.
Pedestrian-Only Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is famous as the first shopping street in China and the busiest shopping center in Shanghai. It boasts more than 600 shops including old shops, famous shops and shops with distinctive features. The Pedestrian-Only Nanjing Road has become the largest round the clock shopping center in the city, in the country and even in Asia.
Flower and Bird Market on Jiangyin Road
The largest of its kind in the city, the market is 200 meters long and boasts 100 stands. It is a good place for local people to appreciate flowers, birds, worms and plants in their holidays.
Curio Street on Dongtai Road
This street is a handicraft market with special features and deals mainly the classic handicrafts including ceramics, jade, bronze and wood articles, paintings, calligraphic works, writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and ink slabs and others. This market has got its name at home and abroad.
Famous Shops and Stores
- Arts and Crafts Trading Mansion
- 190 Nanjing W. Rd.
- Jingdezhen Art Ceramics Co.
- 1185 Nanjing W. Rd.
- Cultural Relics Shop
- 192-240 Guangdong Rd.
- Duoyunxum Arts Studio
- 422 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Shanghai Friendship Store
- 40 Beijing E. Rd.
- Foreign Language Books Co.
- 390 Fuzhou Rd.
- Music Bookstore
- 365 Tibet M. Rd.
- Old Zhou Hucheng Writing Brush Shop
- 179 Henan M. Rd.
- Old Jiefu Woolen & Silk Fabrics Shop
- 257 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Hongxiang Fashion Co.
- 725 Nanjing W. Rd.
- Paramont Western Suit Co.
- 257 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Hengsheng Western Suit Co.
- 1135 Nanjing W. Rd.
- Lady Clothing Shop on Peng Street
- 154 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Shao Wansheng South Goods Shop
- 414 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Zhang Xiaoquan Scissors Shop
- 490 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Wang Xingji Fan Store
- 155 Tibet S. Rd.
- Shanghai Clock and Watch Shop
- 478-492 Huaihai M. Rd.
- First Department Store
- 830 Nanjing E. Rd.
- New World Ltd., Co.
- 2 Nanjing W. Rd.
- Shanghai First Food Store
- 720 Nanjing E. Rd.
- International Shopping Center
- 527 Huaihai M. Rd.
- Women's Article Shop
- 449 Huaihai M. Rd.
- Parkon Shopping Center
- 918 Huaihai M. Rd.
- Hualian Trade Mansion
- 635 Nanjing E. Rd.
- Paris Spring Department Store Co.
- 939 Huaihai M. Rd.
- Tel: 64310118