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Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai is a shopping paradise, with various bustling commercial streets and shopping centers beckoning the visitors. Shopping malls in Shanghai are most fashionable inside country as Shanghai is the window of modern China.

No matter you are  shopaholic or not, it is rewarding to visit the top shopping malls in Shanghai. Most of the shopping malls are located in busy commercial centers. We’ve rounded up the best shopping malls in Shanghai with luxury shopping and  fine dining and everything you need, Now bring your wallet to the top 10 shopping malls during your Shanghai Tour.

By the way, if you are not interested in the fixed price shopping malls, you may visit the Top 10 Markets in Shanghai where you can show your bargaining skill.

No.01   Shanghai IFC Mall 上海国金中心商场
Add: 8 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai 世纪大道8号

Tel: 020-20207070
Web: http://goshopshanghai.com/shanghai-ifc-mall-465.htmlOpening Hours:  10:00-22:00 ( Daily )Briefing:A high-end shopping mall, nice shopping environment and comfortable to shop around. It is worth mentioning that the toilets are extremely clean.On the B2 there are lots of snack stands and most of them offer Japanese flavors, very much popular. The whole shopping mall is mainly decorated in the champagne and cream colors. Its design is fashionable and magnificent. Numerous international brands are seen here, a cluster of luxury goods.No.02 Plaza 66  恒隆广场
Add: 1266 Nanjing West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 南京西路1266号
Tel: 021-62790910
Web: www.plaza66.com/en/home.aspx

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )

Briefing:Plaza 66 is a commercial and office complex in Shanghai, consisting of a shopping mall and two skyscrapers. With 66 floors, Plaza 66 is the tallest building in the Puxi area of Shanghai. Entering the plaza, you feel like you are walking on an avenue, lined with shop windows.

Many fashion brands have chosen this department store as the location for their flagship stores in Shanghai. The plaza holds fashion shows from time to time, where you can get close to famous designers and models from all over the world.

No.03  Jiu Guang Department Store 久光百货
Add: 1618 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai 南京西路1618号
Tel: 021-32174838
Web: www.jiu-guang.com/shanghai/

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )
Briefing: Convenient transportation and you may easily get to the shopping mall by taking metro line 2 or 7. Jiu Guang is a huge department store aircraft-carrier co-invested by Hong Kong Jiu Guang and Shanghai Jiu Bai Holding Group.

It is a top rated department store that collects the major international brands like Burberry、Tiffany,Agnes’B, Bally, Celine, ck Calvin Klein, Dunhill, Thomas Pink, Omega, Vertu, COACH, HUGO BOSS and more. Don’t miss the basement supermarket and snacks.

No. 04  Shop Electronics ( Computers, Tabs, Laptops……) In Xujiahui District, Shanghai ( 徐家汇 )
There are three places in Xujiahui District: Bainaohui (百脑汇),Pacific Computer Plaza (太平洋电脑广场),and Pacific Digit Plaza (太平洋数码广场)
Add: The three places are located in the same area ( clustered together ).
Transportation: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the station of Xujiahui ( 徐家汇) and exit from Exit 5.Chinese address for taxi driver:
司机师傅,您好!请把我送到徐家汇的百脑汇,太平洋电脑广场,太平洋数码广场。

No.05 Super Brand Mall 正大广场
Add: 168, Lujiazui Xi Road, Pudong, Shanghai 陆家嘴西路168号正大广场
Tel: 021-68877888
Web: http://www.superbrandmall.com/sbm/

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )

Briefing: Take metro line 2 and get off at the station of Lujiazui (陆家嘴). Located in Pudong’s Lujiazui Area, Super Brand Mall is one of the most influential business and financial centers in Shanghai.

It is a huge shopping complex with complete entertainment and shopping facilities.Super Brand Mall has 13 floors and hundreds of shops, including 70 restaurants and cafes. As one of Shanghai’s oldest but still one of the best malls, Super Brand Mall is visited by hundreds of thousands of people who every day. You can’t miss it when you arrive in Shanghai.

No. 06 Grand Gateway 港汇广场
地址: No.1 Hong Qiao Road, Xujiahui, Shanghai 虹桥路1号
Tel: 021-64070111
Web: http://www.grandgateway66.com/en/home.aspx

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )

Briefing: Take metro line 9 and get off at the station of Xujiahui (徐家汇) and exit from Exit 19 for the mall. The Grand Gateway is an office complex consisting of two skyscrapers in the Xujiahui area of Shanghai. It is one of the most visited malls in Shanghai, particularly at night when it’s all lit up.

The Grand Gateway Plaza Mall has six stores of shops, with totally hundreds of shops, and one basement level shopping area. This mall caters to local clientele, apparent by many Chinese stores and distinctively cheaper prices.

No.07 Mei Long Zhen Iestan Shanghai 梅龙镇伊势丹
地址: No.1038 West Najing Road, Shanghai 南京西路1038号
Tel:  021-62721111
Web: http://isetan.mistore.jp/store/world/com/en/shanghai/index.html

Opening Hours: 10:00-9:30 ( Daily )

Briefing: 3 minutes from West Nanjing Road Station on Metro Line 2. Isetan (伊勢丹) is a Japanese owned department store.

Based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Isetan has branches throughout Japan and East Asia, including Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Jinan, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Shanghai, Singapore and Tianjin and more. Mei Long Zhen Isetan is the second chain store of Isetan in Shanghai. Excellent service and products, as you would expect from this chain.

No.08 Shanghai Times Square 大上海时代广场
Add: 99 Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai 淮海中路99号
Tel: 021-63910691
Web: www.shtimessquare.com/en/index.php

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )
Briefing: 3 minutes’walk to Line 8 Dashijie station and 5 minutes’ walk to Line 1 South Huangpi. Shanghai Times Square is a skyscraper in Shanghai. It is famous for its top quality goods as well as its annual New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Times Square possesses of 7-storey retail podium, 30-storey Grand A office Tower and 26-storey service apartments, providing a one-stop shopping experience with more than 100 shops & restaurants covering fashion, accessories, fine dining, beauty and entertainment. You can find many international brands here, like CUCCI, VERSACE, VERRI, COACH, etc.

No.09 Citic Square 中信泰富广场
Add: No. 1168, Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 南京西路1168号
Tel: 021-62180180
Web: www.citicsquare.com/en/index.aspx

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )

Briefing: 5 minutes from West Nanjing Road Station on Metro Line 2. The shopping mall at Citic Square is very spacious and bright. It hosts names such as Max Mara, Alfred Dunhill, Esprit, Shoe and Key Repair, and Maya Audio Video.

It shares a same roof with Westgate Mall, so people always consider them as one shopping mall. Citic Square serves clothes on the above floors. On the ground floor replenish your wallet at the ATM and get information about Citic’s upcoming fashion shows and photo displays.

No.10 Hong Kong Plaza 香港广场
地址: 282 Mid-Huaihai Road ( close to Huangpo South Road) 淮海中路282号(近黄陂南路)
Tel: 021-63908866
Web: www.hk-plaza.com.cn/en/index.php

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 ( Daily )
Briefing: Take metro line 1 and get off at South Huang Pi Road Station and exit from gate 2. So Hong Kong Plaza has convenient transportation, easy to get here by taking line 1. The shopping area is spacious and clean with comfortable environment. It mainly caters to medium and high-end clients with good quality.

Add on:

Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Top 10 Markets in Shanghai

Planning your Shanghai tour? No matter you like it or not, a side trip to the old town in Shanghai is worth your valuble time

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

Public Transportation at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Friday, November 30th, 2018
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Shanghai Pudong International Airport also operates 8 airport shuttle bus lines

Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Pudong International Airport consists of two terminals – T1 and T2. T2 and T1 parallel from south to north and are connected by 700-meter long corridor.

Before you go to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, you are kindly reminded to check your air-ticket and get to know from which terminal you will check in. T2 and T1 are both used for domestic and international arrivals and departures. Different air companies use different terminals.

The arrival halls where you meet and greet passengers are on the second floor both for T2 and T1. The departure halls where you fly from Shanghai are on the third floor. The ground floor is for public transportation like taxi, public bus, and airport shuttle bus.

Metro Line 2 connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the downtown and other parts of Shanghai. Taking Subway Line 2 from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Airport Shanghai takes one and half hours at the ticket price of 15 Yuan.

Remark:  If you are going to take metro line 2 from Pudong airport to the downtown or vice versa, you have to get off at the station of Guanglan Road (广兰路) and interchange for Pudong airport or downtown direction.

First Subway Train leaves from Pudong Airport at 06:00am; First train arrives at Pudong airport at 06:35am
Last Subway Train leaves from Pudong Airport at 22:00; last trains arrives at Pudong Airport at 22:35

If you prefer to take Shanghai Maglev from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, your final stop is Longyang Road (龙阳路), from where you are able to interchange for Metro Line 2.

Both Maglev and Metro are on the second floor linked to the middle of the 700-meter long corridor. So if you are going to take Maglev, you should go to the middle part of the long corridor connecting the two terminals.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport also operates 8 airport shuttle bus lines. Taking the shuttle bus from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Airport takes you one and half hours at the price of 8 yuan.

The taxi from Pudong airport to the downtown Shanghai: 48km, about RMB165 (taxi fare).

If you are going directly from Pudong airport to Suzhou, you don’t have to take metro line 2 to Hongqiao Railway Station and take the highspeed train to Suzhou. Alternatively, you can take the airport shuttle bus directly from Pudong to Suzhou.

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai 
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai 
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai

Friday, November 30th, 2018
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Plan your Shanghai tour in winter? Shanghai’s coldest months fall on December (average lowest: 3℃ and highest: 11℃), January (average lowest: 1℃ and highest: 8℃) and February (average lowest: 2℃ and highest: 9℃).

Periodically the northern gale will sweep across Shanghai accompanied by a sudden and short drop of temperature ( -5℃ lowest). With the consistent cold air from the north and the wet and warm currents from the southwest, Shanghai tends to be in the period of low temperature and lack of sunshine, featuring cold and damp.

Though winter is not the best season to visit Shanghai in terms of weather, it doesn’t make much difference to visit Shanghai in winter from other seasons due to its static city landscapes. Shanghai winter tour has its own advantage – less crowded, big discounts for admission fees, hotels and flights.

Festival activities during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) add much colors to the cold and wet Shanghai. If you are going to visit Shanghai in winter, we’d like to reveal you the top attractions to visit in winter in Shanghai.

1.  Exploring Shanghai by Hop On/Hop Off Bus
Hop on and hop off bus our is a quick and easy way to get around Shanghai. The open top deck city sightseeing bus tours are designed to give you a glimpse of Shanghai’s culture and city landscape. The loop trips take you around the major attractions in Shanghai. If you are a newcomer to Shanghai, it is advisable to take a loop Shanghai Bus Tour.

Currently Spring Tour Bus offers the loop lines daily bus tours. Many local Chinese choose Spring tour bus  with the cheaper option with a ticket costing just  RMB 30 ( 24 hour); RMB 50 (48 hours).

The Spring Tour city sightseeing bus follows two major  routes: the Red Line, which goes through Puxi, and the shorter Green Line route in Pudong. Both bus lines begins their routes in front of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre in People’s Square.

The red line passes the Shanghai Museum and turns toward West Nanjing Road with several stops along the Bund, Yuyuan GardenXintiandi, then back to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, a loop ride.

The 24 hour ticket is valid for one person (with the option of an accompanying child under 1.4 metres in height), and includes one pair of earphones.

The GPS-triggered audio tour comes with 8 language options: Chinese, English, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese.

If you prefer door-to-door Shanghai bus tour with an English-speaking tour guide on board, please check out Shanghai bus tour for more travel information.

Shanghai Hop On Hop Off Bus

Shanghai Hop On Hop Off Bus

2. Ascending the one of the Iconic Tall Landmarks in Shanghai
No Shanghai Tour is complete without ascending the 88-floor building and having a panoramic view of Huangpu River, the Bund and the city of Shanghai.

The Jin Mao Tower
The Jin Mao Tower is located next to Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district in Shanghai. It is composed of offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel. It is one of the centerpieces of the Pudong skyline.

The 88th floor is home to the Skywalk, a 1,520 m2 indoor observation deck with a capacity of over 1,000 people. It offers the panoramic views of Shanghai as well as a topside view below of the atrium of Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel inside Jin Mao Tower( occupying the floors from 53 to 87).

The 88-storey observation deck is open from 8:30am to 10:00pm. It’s better to have the tower tour on a bright clear day or one a fine evening. You will enjoy different views visiting Jin Mao Tower in the daytime or in the evening.  Check out How to visit Jin Mao Tower for more travel information.

Viewed from Jin Mao Tower in the evening

Viewed from Jin Mao Tower in the evening

Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center is the second highest building in mainland China with a total height of 492 m (1,614 ft). The skyscraper is located in the Pudong district, an essential structure on the spectacular Pudong Skyline. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The tower’s foundation stone was laid on 27 August 1997 and it was declared complete on 17 July 2008.

Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower is a megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is designed by Gensler and owned by a consortium of Chinese state-owned companies. It is the tallest building in China accompanied by the other three supertall buildings in Pudong – the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The megatall structure is 632 metres high with128 stories.

3. Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai
If you are not a history buff, these two connected places till remain interesting. This area is the old core city from which the metropolitan has been developed.

Yuyuan Garden was first built as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). He used almost 20 years and all of his savings to build a garden in trying to please his parents in their high ages.

Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai

Next to the gardens is Shanghai’s bazaar, the former old downtown area, now with a great number of small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people.

This is a typically  “Chinese” area you can’t afford to miss. Check out Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai for more information.

4. Cruise Huangpu River
Sail along the Huangpu River, view the skyline of Pudong (modern high rises ), take the awesome sight of the Bund (colonial buidlings)… These are just a few things you will do on your cruise.  Check out Huangpu River Cruise for more information.

There are several ways to tour the Huangpu River. If you have time, a 3-hour (60km) voyage along the Huangpu to the mouth of the Yangzi River and back allows for the most leisurely and complete appreciation of the river.

There are also shorter river cruises (1 hour) that tours the main waterfront area between the two suspension bridges, Yangpu Qiao in the north and Nanpu Qiao in the south.  At present, 19 cruise boats of different sizes are available cruising on Huangpu River. The largest cruise ship (Huangpu River Cruise No.01) holds as many as one thousand passengers witht he smallest boat carrying 80 people.

The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf, just south of the Bund,  No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shanghai. The embarking dock is Gate 3, Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center. There are two embarking areas along the long Shiliupu Wharf. Either areas are all right as long as you come the right dock for your boating.

Huangpu River cruise in the evening

Take the subway line 2 and get off at Nanjing Dongl Lu (Nanjing East Road), then walk along the Bund to the Shiliupu Wharf.  If you have a hop on and hop off ticket, you can easily get to the wharf since the double-deck bus route has a stop at Shiliupu Wharf.

5.  Shop and Dine at Tianzifang Street 
Tianzifang should be included on your Shanghai winter travel plan.  Tianzifang is an art, craft  and Shikumen (stone-door-frame houses) enclave developed from an old residential area of the former French concession,  a shikumen residential  built in 1930s in Shanghai.

In 1980s artists, designers and vendors began to set up their studios, art galleries, craft stores, design house, cafes, bars, and restaurants  a kind of creative industry precinct in an old residential area of Shanghai.

Tianzifang

It is a great place to shop and dine though a bit overpriced. But you do find some original gifts and souvenirs you cannot find elsewhere in Shanghai.  If you are not a big fan for shopping and eating, just concentrate on its architecture.

The most convenient way of getting to Tianzifang is taking subway line 9 and get off at the station of Dapuqiao (打浦桥) and using Exit 1  and the Taikang Road ( where the three lanes are located) is just opposite the Exit 1.

You may start your exploration of Tianzifang by entering the Taikang Road Lane 210, then duck into the Lane 248 and 274. Check out How to Visit Tianzifang for more information.

6. Visit Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum is amazing! What can be better than visiting a free museum filled with Chines3 relics and tangible cultures? Occupying a construction site of over 28,000 square meters, the museum has four exhibition halls holding bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings, pottery, porcelain, jade ware, stone carvings, Jiaguwen imperial seals and more.

Many exhibitions from the Shanghai Museum have been put on show to Hong Kong, Japan and America and other countries. These shows include the Bronzeware Exhibition of the Shanghai Museum, Exhibition of Chinese Art in Six Thousand Years, Porcelain Exhibition of the Shanghai Museum, Exhibition of Calligraphy of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Exhibition of Works by the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, Exhibition of Studies of Scholars in the late Ming Dynasty and etc.

Take subway line 2 or 8 and get off at People’s Square and the walk to Shanghai Museum.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

7. Stroll from West Nanjing Road to the Bund
It is a great walk from West Nanjing Road to the Bund, the sharp contrast of the modern days and the colonial era, tracing back from the present Shanghai to the old day. You may walk from Shanghai Museum (People’s Square ) to West Nanjing Road,extending to the Bund.

Nanjing Road is a walking street that is always packed with people watching other people. It is regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the most bustling and prosperous street in Shanghai.

the Bund

The Bund (Waitan) is one of the most noted architectural symbols of Shanghai. The word “Bund” derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront.

The Bund in Shanghai was first used when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. The Bund, or the waterfront,is now surrounded by about 50 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

8. Taste the Local Shanghai Cuisines
Shanghai enjoys a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, boasts one of China’s most characteristic and distinctive cuisines.

During your Shanghai tour, you can appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food culture as well. We’ve rounded up the top 10 best restaurants in Shanghai, so  get ready to have a bite! Check out the Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai for more information.

Shanghai Food

Shanghai Food

9. See Acrobatic Show in Shanghai!
The Acrobatics at Shanghai are not to be missed. They are held each night and last for about 2 hours. The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, established in 1951 is one of the best in China. It frequently tours internationally and perform routinely at Shanghai and other cities in China.

An acrobatic show has become one of the most popular evening entertainments for tourists in Shanghai. You can enjoy gravity-defying contortion,  juggling, cycling, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning acts at the following stages.

Shanghai Circus World and Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe both become the members of Shanghai Culture, Broadcast, Film and TV Group. Joining hands with media and other cultural undertakings, acrobatics has made unparalleled development.

Keeping the trend in the development of acrobatics and circus both at home and abroad, Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe is striving for new and higher goals of first-class city and first-class culture. Check out Shanghai Acrobatic Show for more information.

Acrobatic Theater in Shanghai:
Shanghai Center Theatre:
Address: No. 1376 Nanjing Road (W), Shanghai 021-62798600
Shanghai Circus World – Middle Theatre:
Add: Gonghe Xinlu 2266, Baoshan District, Shanghai 021-56656622‎

Shanghai Acrobatics

Shanghai Acrobatics

10. Leisure Excursion to Qibao Water Town
If you want to feel and have a glimpse of a traditional China old town after seeing too much glinz of the metropolitan Shanghai,  Qibao Ancient Town (七宝古镇), a tiny water town would be a nice alternative if you cannot make it to other water towns like Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town and Tongli Water Town.

Qibao Ancient Town is a tiny water town which is also the closest ancient town in the southwest of Shanghai. It is located south of Qingnian Road in Min-Hang District, about 15km southwest of Shanghai.

Qibao literally means ” Seven Treasures” named after the same name temple –  Qibao Temple in Qibao ancient town. The old town is mainly composed of three stone arch bridges, two canals and 4 major streets and several side lanes.

Qibao Water Town is a “city within the city of Shanghai”.  You just take Shanghai subway line 9 and get off at the station of Qibao (七宝)and use the exit 2. For a short stroll,  you will get to Qibao old town. Check out How to Visit Qibao Ancient Town for more information.

Qibao Ancient Town

Qibao Ancient Town

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.