In pursuit of shopping happiness in Shanghai

The Avon trip to Shanghai was very pact with events and on the second day after visiting Avon’s R&D Center and lunch, we were told by Alex, our tour guide, that we could do shopping at Nanjing Road.

Nanjing Road is known as the #1 Commercial Street in Shanghai. The road stretches from The Bund east towards Hongqiao, with Shanghai’s centerpoint People’s Square in the middle. Nanjing Road is about 6 km long and world’s longest shopping district. And can you believe that it attracts over 1 million visitors daily? Better believe it.

There are hundreds of shops, many with a rich history. As a rough generalization, Nanjing East Road is more historical but Nanjing West Road is brash, modern and caters more to the status-conscious luxury shopper. There’s Louis Vuitton, Girodano, you-name-all-the-established brands, they got it.

Pizza Hut ada, KFC pun ada…

But, these stuff were not quite what I was looking for. All these branded stuff can be found easily in KL. Not really satisfied, I asked Alex are there any other shopping areas that sell things Shanghaian. At first he was reluctant, maybe because we were short of time, but after explaining that I am going to get a cab the next day before leaving for the airport in the afternoon, then he told me that there is a place called Old Shanghai Street. I liked the sound of the name and told other members in our group about it. We decided to go together the next morning after breakfast.

Nevertheless, I took some pictures along Nanjing Road before leaving on the tour back to the hotel to get ready for the launching dinner.

Cab and bus…

There’s Baleno, Tissot, Sofitel, eh KFC lagi…

Mei Sin (very front) while Siti and Elaine in the middle.

The most interesting view on Nanjing Road. Look at the cheeks! 

So after breakfast the next day, we took two cabs (there were 5 of us) and headed to Old Shanghai Street. Cab fare was like 15 Renmingbi, very cheap.   Upon seeing old buildings, I clapped my hands. But that went without sound as I was wearing knitted gloves. The weather was 5 Degree Celcius and taking off the gloves for few minutes would makes my hands go numb. So I jumped to joy to show my excitement instead after getting out of the cab. “This is more like it,” I told Elaine and Siti and they nodded in agreement.

Old Shanghai Street. Yay!

Soo Wincci posed for my camera in front of a cotton candy and strawberry toffees stall.

A gift shop…

A stamp shop…

Traditional clothing shop…

traditional music instruments shop…

and more shops.

I could go on and on and on showing you all the pictures but I think these are enough to put a heavy load on your computer. Basically, I had fun exploring all the shops on Old Shanghai Street with Elaine. Siti, Wincci and Mei Sin were missing  since cotton candy and strawberry toffees. Wincci texted us saying they could not find us and that they were going back to the hotel first. Haha, Elaine and me got carried away in doing our shopping. Who wouldn’t? This is the best place to go shopping in Shanghai. Frankly, two hours were not enough. Elaine even have the thought of extending our stay another day just for shopping. But that was not possible as she has an event the next day in KL.

If you are visiting Shanghai, do drop by Old Shanghai Street. Just take a cab from your hotel and before you leave the hotel, do take the hotel card so that it will be easier for you to return to the hotel by showing the card to the cab driver. Most of the cab drivers do not speak English.

Here is me. I found two-hours of pure happiness doing shopping on Old Shanghai Street.

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
~Tammy Faye Bakker

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          1. after shopping, no more money.. boleh sakit jiwa juga tu mcm dlm cerita shopaholic though she’s always seems so lucky to overcome her problem in the end 😛

  1. That’s a good tip amik hotel card and show to taxi driver. No need to communicate like ayam vs itik hehe.

    Old shanghai street looks inviting! I think for me pon 2hrs x cukup. Nak explore and nak belek brg lagi.

  2. Ha! I love the quote at the end. I don’t know if I agree though. I think it might depend on where you shop. 😉 I love the pictures of the city but I think my favorite is of the baby. 🙂

    1. LOL Erica, yes I agree with you 😀 Glad I could opt for Old Shanghai Street. A branded jacket can cause about 800 Renmingbi at Nanjing Road! And that is like the cheapest.

      My favourite is the baby too!

      1. tengok gambar je pun mmg nampak byk kedai yg best2.. kalau saya yg pegi, mesti rambang mata.. semua nak beli.. hehe..

  3. Emila! I love your new header… Avon member… ahem… 😉

    Now these are my kind of shops; sbb branded stuff semua melambak kat KL, like you said. China (Shanghai) is so clean. I’m amazed.

    1. Hahha nanti nak tukar lagi sebab macam tak cantik. Yesssss, quite clean. But they like to hang clothes on the balcony so…the view sometimes macam kat Chowkit hehhe

  4. tgk entry ni for the 2nd time barulah perasan soo winnci.. back in march ramai yg tak kenal dia lg kan.. 🙂 suka dgr dia ckp kat masterchef.. mesti gelak dgn perkataan yg sgt tulus dan ikhlas..

    1. suka tgk gambar Soo Wincci walaupun not a fan of her.. tapi mcm ceria sangat ^__^ and that strawberry toffee seems to be so popular in China.. mcm selalu je tgk dlm mana2 cerita..

  5. hehe.. comel je that baby ^_^ topi bkn main colourful lagi.. mesti sejuk sgt tu sampai pipi pun jadi merah..

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