Its twin towers are a familiar sight on the Shanghai skyline—two brightly lit beacons that have come to symbolize the commercial hub of Xujiahui in Shanghai’s Xuhui district. A center piece of the busy crossroads of Hongqiao Lu and Huashan Lu, it is one of several shopping meccas that together make Xujiahui one of the top shopping districts in the city.
One of the largest malls in Shanghai (and in mainland China), Grand Gateway (Gang Hui Guang Chang / 港汇广场) is nestled in between the two 51-story office blocks that flank either side. There’s plenty of natural light from a huge glass dome that covers the atrium, illuminating its seven floors of clearly laid out, tastefully designed and well-managed retail space. Featuring high-end boutiques, cutting-edge electronics and entertainment in the form of a state-of-the-art cinema, direct metro access to its lower levels makes this an attractive stop for anyone looking to indulge in some retail therapy on the pricier end of the scale.
Each floor has designated specialty areas; particularly useful to note is the supermarket in the basement stocking a decent range of imported goods and Sports City which brings together familiar brand names for a host of indoor and outdoor sports. Floors 5 and 6 are home to the Food Forum offering all kinds of international flavors. Also on 6 is the five-star Paradise Warner Cineplex. Complete with 11 luxurious screens, this is a great place to catch the latest 3D releases.