Posted Mar 30, 2010 in Travel | 0 Comments

Shanghai Sights

I had the great fortune of accompanying my father on the trip of a lifetime. It was a short but sweet trip to Shanghai and to another city that I will reveal next week. I love these trips because my father has to work, so I go off on my own and explore.

Shanghai is the largest city in China, and it is filled with skyscrapers, bright lights and, of course, great shopping. The Puxi commercial district contains one of the most famous areas,  “The BUND,” which is magical to see at night. Another famous district just across the river is Pudong, which is filled with some of the tallest buildings in the world and makes the Eiffel Tower look miniature.

In terms of shopping, Nan Jing is one of the most famous streets and is divided into west and east. On West Nan Jing, you can find the ritziest shopping in the world with multi-floored centers filled with every European designer imaginable. My favorite store was a miniature department store similar to Barney’s co-op on steroids called “I.T.”  found in 66 Plaza.

East Nanjing is filled with touristy traditional Chinese market shops and one of my newest discoveries called Me & City; it is a fusion of H&M and Topshop. I had never heard of it before, but it caught my interest with Orlando Bloom and Brit Model Agyness Deyn as the faces for their S/S campaign. If you only have a little bit of time for shopping, you MUST go the Super Brands mall (in Pudong), which is  loaded with tons of stores, a basement supermarket, Uniqlo and the loudest arcades you can find.

If you want a taste of the Rodeo Drive of knockoffs, hit up the Qi Pu market (however, I warn you to go with someone else (who is preferably intimidating), as I went in and immediately left from discomfort).

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