Located on China’s central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is the showcase of China’s thriving economy. Originally a fishing town, its long history saw Shanghai rise as the country’s financial and commercial hub, home to one of the world’s busiest cargo ports and a favourite business and leisure destination.
One of its most important streets is Nanjing East Road, where Le Royal Méridien Shanghai stands as a centrepiece of opulence and gracious living.
Nanjing Road East highlights a pedestrian street, a stretch of commercial establishments popular among international and domestic tourists. A shopping paradise, here hundreds of retail outlets sell a myriad of merchandise ranging from Chinese herbal medicine, arts and crafts to chic designer clothes. Its advantage as a recreational area is strengthened by the easy access it provides to major landmarks. A few steps away are the People’s Square (formerly Shanghai Race Course) and People’s Park and a 20-minute walk is The Bund, a major street lined with old European buildings overlooking the promenade and the Huangpu River. Across the river is Lujiazui, home to Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Aquarium.
Short car trips allow guests to engage in the full enjoyment of cultural and historical attractions: the 400-year old Yu Garden and Bazaar in the Old Town, the Jade Buddha Temple, Jing’ an Temple and Xintiandi, a trendy dining and lifestyle hub popularly known for the restored shikumen (old stone gates) gracing the façade of its structures.
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