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Nanjing Road walking street to be extended

The Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall is to be extended eastward to the Bund to satisfy the growing number of shoppers and make it one of the world’s finest commercial walking streets.

Nanjing Road E., or “China’s No. 1 Street”, was originally built in 1851 as one of the city’s first modern roads. Initially, it will be extended to Sichuan Road M. from its current end on Henan Road M. and eventually to the Bund, said Chao Kejian, director of Huangpu District.

The extension project will begin around January 2020 and some bus routes have been rerouted to make way for the plan, Chao said.

“Top global designers will be invited to develop the road into the world’s top commercial walking street with new landscape attractions,” Chao said. The new section will have different features from the existing part of the street to suit various demands, he added.

The extension is part of a plan by Huangpu District to improve the appeal of the landmark road and celebrate the 20th anniversary this year of it becoming the city’s most famous pedestrian street.

New flagship stores will be introduced to the street, traditional shopping malls will reopen after renovation, while time-honored brands will offer new products and services.

Nanjing Road was constructed in 1851 as Park Lane from the Bund to a racecourse on today’s Henan Road. It was widely called damalu in Chinese, which means main road. It was converted to a pedestrian street and unveiled to the public on September 20, 1999.

The street, known as the pedestrian mall, stretches 1,033 meters between Xizang and Henan roads. Over a million citizens and tourists visited and shopped on the road on that night two decades ago.

Last year, the walking street was listed by the Ministry of Commerce as one of China’s first batch of pedestrians roads to become high-quality and tasteful with renovations and improvements.

Lately, the entire Nanjing Road E. has been covered by 5G, the next generation of mobile communication technology, a key factor for its future development.

China’s tech giant Huawei is to open its global flagship store, covering some 7,000 square meters and triple the size its current largest store, on the walking street.


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