Passing through Lujiazui along Century Avenue you’ll find that you’ve seen Shanghai’s most spectacular cityscape to proceeding to the best park in the city. Unsurprisingly, the residential area near Century Park – essentially three sides of a circle before arriving in Jinqiao to the park’s east – is highly sought after. It’s popular with some foreigners as a kind of buffer zone between the full-on expat experience of Jinqiao and the more local housing as you head south from Lujiazui. Rents are high; there’s nothing like a park view apartment, especially in a city like Shanghai where greenery is at a premium. Living here makes the commute to Lujiazui extremely easy, and with schools and Western services in Jinqiao on the other side it’s an ideal place to live.
Century Park was built with having of New York’s Central Park in mind, and it’s big enough to be a real city oasis, with skyscrapers seen in the distance. It’s also much more of a Western-style park than most, with plenty of green space where people are actually allowed to picnic and kick a ball or throw a Frisbee, in marked contrast to most other parks here, and certainly to the traditional stylized Chinese garden. There’s a big lake (boats can be hired), a bird park, a children section and more; it’s a great place for a family day out and to cycle or jog around. People come from across the city to spend sunny days here, and there are performances and concerts at its auditorium. By the west entrance you’ll find the spectacular Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, another highly recommended place for the whole family.
if you want to live around here, you options are high-rise luxury apartments in general, amongst which are towering hotels and serviced apartments. There’s local housing as well, and comparatively speaking traffic has a less frenetic feel than Lujiazui. Transport by Metro or car very convienent
An American joint venture Shanghai East International Medical Center has a comprehensive medical facility at 551 Pudong Nan Lu, which caters specifically to the expat community. Inpatient and 24-7 emergency services are available, as are a range of services including OB/GYN, family medicine, pediatrics, surgery and chiropractic care.
ParkwayHealth has a clinic in the Jinmao Tower at 88 Century Avenue, offering both family and adult medical services as well as psychiatry and psychology services.
WorldPath Clinic International is another good option, located at 777 Century Avenue. Along with the usual range of services such as family medicine and OB/GYN, WorldPath also has dentist services and they provide cosmetic surgery services as well.
Although the commutes to the international schools in Century Park, Jinqiao, Kangqiao or even Hongqiao are not too far, and depending which side of Century Park you live on may even be quite short in distance.
Wellington College International Shanghai is the newest school adding to the list situated south of Lujiazui adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Sports complex offering an excellent option for residents of both Lujiazui and Century Park.
Metro Line 2 bisects Lujiazui down Century Avenue, with both a Century Park and a Shanghai Science and Technology Museum stop, and has stops at Nanjing Dong Lu (one stop from Lujiazui Station), People’s Square (two stops), and Jing’an Temple (four stops). At People’s Square you can connect to Line 10, which has stops all along the Huaihai Lu shopping area. Century Avenue Metro station is a big hub connect- ing Lines 2, 4 and 6, meaning you can get anywhere reasonably directly from here.
For most, cycling is not really an option, as the area is too busy. Expats generally rely on the Metro, private drivers or taxis to get around. If you’re commuting by car to Puxi from Century Park, you can avoid going through Lujiazui by taking the Nanpu Bridge to the southwest.
Lujiazui, while not known as a shopping district per se, is still home to a wide array of shopping options. At the centre of it all is the enormous Super Brand Mall, which, as you might expect, is home to all manner of stores and restaurants. The newly opened IFC Mall is another shopping option for those with a penchant for luxury goods. It also has an Apple store and a number of high-end restaurants.
Lujiazui is also home to a number of five-star hotels, all of which offer fine dining options as well as spa and fitness facilities. For residents of Century Park, most people head to Lujiazui for serious shopping, though of course there are plenty of local possibilities, and the hotels around the park have international dining options.
Beyond malls and hotels, almost everything else you could imagine is available in Lujiazui