Jing'an District, is one of the central districts of Shanghai. It has an area of 37 km². With 1,180,000 inhabitants (in 2014).
The district borders the Hongkou District to the east, Huangpu District to the east and south, Putuo District to the west, Baoshan District to the north and Changning District to the west.
On 4 November 2015, Zhabei District merged with Jing'an District bringing Shanghai down to 15 districts and one county.
Historically, the northern part of the district, what used to be Zhabei, has been highly populated with working class residents. However, due to the shift in the structure of industries and increasing number of immigrants from outside Shanghai, partly due to its reasonable real estate price (compared to its counterparts such as Putuo and Hongkou), the district has become increasingly appealing to city residents.
With the original temple dating back to AD 1216, the much-restored Jing’an Temple was here well before all the audacious skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls. Today it stands like a shimmering mirage in defiance of West Nanjing Rd’s soaring modern architecture; a sacred portal to the Buddhist world that partially, at least, underpins this metropolis of 24 million souls.
Constructed largely of Burmese teak, the temple has some impressive statues, including a massive 8.8m-high, 15-tonne silver Buddha in the main Mahavira Hall with 46 pillars; a 3.87m-high Burmese white-jade Sakyamuni in the side halls; and a 5 tons Guanyin statue in the Guanyin Hall, carved from a 1000-year-old camphor tree. The temple still rattles away to the sounds of construction, while in the bunker beneath the main hall is an unfinished space, housing 18 glittering luóhàn (arhats), but little else. The complex has been designed to incorporate shops and restaurants around its perimeter (including a fantastic vegetarian restaurant at the rear), which stretches around the block. The ¥50 admission charge is steep for such a modest and thoroughly modern place of worship.Good times to visit include the Festival of Bathing Buddha (on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month) and at the full moon.
Jiu-Guang Department Store
Jiu-Guang is the place where you can have the most convenient shopping experience in Shanghai. With the total construction area of 91613 square metre, 10 floors and more than 500 domestic and foreign brands, you can find almost everything you want there, including retail, restaurant, supermarket, and recreation.
Besides, located in Nanjing West Road and connected to the metro line 2, Jiu-Guang is almost the most convenient place for shopping. It’s also right next to Jing’an Temple, a popular attraction in Shanghai and functioning Buddhist temple.
The shopping can start from the basement, where on sale is all kinds of fresh food from all around the world. There is also a food court featuring bakeries, noodle shops, coffee and a mix of Asian and Western foods.
All the world-class brand gathers on the first floor. In addition to Burberry and Tiffany, there are Agnes’B, Bally, Celine, CK, Dunhill, Tomas Pink, Omega, Vertu, Coach, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren.You can purchase the jewelry on the second floor and the professional women dress on third. The 4th emphasis on the casual style and the 5th sells men clothes. If you are a sports fan, then go to 6th, you can find sportswear and outdoor staff.
Jing’an Kerry Centre
The multi-use complex features two towers, podium retail, a 508-key hotel, an event center and office amenities. Establishing its presence on the Nanjing Xi Lu, the development integrates itself within the rich urban context of the city and completes a “missing link” between two major office clusters. The site contains a preserved house where Mao Zedong lived in the 1920’s. The Jing An Kerry Centre’s emergence as a global destination has seen it become the first Shanghai location for a number of top-end international retailers including Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.
The site plan employs an architectural language embodying the qualities of the city street experience. Open air walkways lined with shops evoke a sense of continuity with the surrounding pedestrian scale. A range of gardens echoes the signature character of the complex.An additional level of character is created through a medley of glass, metal, and stone cladding finishes. Façade elements project above the roof lines to form dramatic sculptural crowns illuminated as lanterns in the evening sky.
Plaza 66 – Hang Lung Square
As the tallest building in Puxi district, its total floor area also reaches amazing 50000 square meters. Bring your shopping list, let me bring you into this fashion mecca.
Whether you are in it or just pass by, the refined luxury showcase furnishings and huge adverting will let you hold your breath, stop and watch. All the big name luxury brand gathers here. Once the newest fashion master’s designs have appeared on TV and in fashion magazines, then you can find them here, you can browse the selection comfortably, and try it personally.
It’s definitely an exciting shopping experience to touch and see the world-class designs up close, but the unmatched experience Hang Lung can bring you is far more than this. The rotunda is one place where the Shanghai fashion show is held, you can visit their interpretation, see the supermodels and catch the newest fashion trend!
Mentioning the food, there are more than 40 restaurants for you to choose, coffee and bars ranging from the coffee chain of the atrium, the British cuisine of Alfie’s By Kee, there is Chinese cuisine, Asian cuisine and western restaurant. The taste from the east to the west all gathers here, there’ll be something for you.