Shanghai is flush with high-end shopping malls. Even with all the big brands and hot items available like never before, one mall still holds a special place in the hearts of Shanghainese: Shanghai No. 1 Shopping Center.
In the 40’s and 50’s, it was one of the four biggest shopping malls in Shanghai. It was where you’d go to buy your good clothes for Spring Festival. It was where you’d get that new sewing machine that would make you the envy of the lane. Sometimes people would go there just to ride the escalator. It was the first place to have one in Shanghai.
As time went on, the rest of the big four faded into obscurity, until only No.1 truly carried on the spirit of the old guard, and it couldn’t compete with the glitz of new places like IAPM. It underwent a 172-day renovation, finishing up late last December. Although it has a sleek new face, it hasn’t lost touch with tradition.
(Planning Graph of No.1 Department Store)
The seventh floor has been turned into "Lane 100". It’s a look right into the past, through a wall of old window displays, or the radio set that grandpa was so proud of. It’s full of things for old Shanghainese to take a trip down memory lane. Even the kids can get involved, playing old games like hopscotch with a few modern technical twists thrown in.