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China Daily | Updated: 2024-02-17 15:30

Tourists take pictures in front of a poster of the TV series Blossoms Shanghai along the East Nanjing Road, Shanghai, on Jan 13.[Photo provided to China Daily]

With the growing popularity of the TV series Blossoms Shanghai, key scenes depicting city areas in the show have become the hottest tourist attractions in Shanghai of late.

Here are some citywalk routes based on the TV series that are worthy of exploration:

Major citywalk route:

Huanghe Road → West Nanjing Road → East Nanjing Road → East Zhongshan Road → Number One

The narrator in the TV series Blossoms Shanghai points out: "In 1993, the 755-meter-long Huanghe Road had over 100 restaurants, attracting countless wealthy diners each night."

Starting from Huanghe Road and crossing Nanjing Road to the Bund, you'll pass by many scenic spots often filmed in the series:

• Tai Sheng Yuan restaurant

This eatery specializes in Shanghai cuisine. It opened in 1993 and is also recognized as the prototype of Zhi Zhen Yuan restaurant in the TV series.

Address: No 50 Huanghe Road, Huangpu district

• Wing On Department Store

The prototype of Hu Lian Department Store in the TV series was Hua Lian Department Store between 1988 and 2006. It later changed its name to Wing On Department Store and was one of the four major original department stores in Shanghai.

Address: No 635 East Nanjing Road, Huangpu district

• Fairmont Peace Hotel

Peace Hotel on East Nanjing Road.

A major scene in the TV series where protagonist A Bao, played by actor Hu Ge, resides. The hotel first opened its doors on Aug 1, 1929, and was originally named Cathay Hotel by its owner, Sir Victor Sassoon, a businessman and hotelier from the Sassoon banking family, a famous and prosperous British-Iraqi Jewish family in Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s. The Sassoon family once owned many assets including HSBC.

Address: No 20 East Nanjing Road, Huangpu district

• No 27 The Bund

As one of the important buildings in the Bund architectural complex and a key cultural relic protected unit in China, the building used to be owned by Jardine Matheson and later served as an office building for the Shanghai Foreign Trade Bureau for many years. In the TV series, the location is called the Foreign Trade Building. The property currently belongs to Shanghai Jiushi Group Co Ltd, which launched the Jiushi Art Museum on the 6th floor, in 2018. The building is now the House of Roosevelt.

Address: No 27 East Zhongshan Road Number One, Huangpu district

Other citywalk routes:

Jinxian Road

Jinxian Road is the location of several scenes in the series, including time-honored Shanghai cuisine eateries Haijinzi, Lanxin and Maolong.

Today on this long road, there is not only a bustling atmosphere but also fashionable shops.

Shanghai Film Shooting Base

To find the original scenery in the TV series, one must also go to the Shanghai Film Shooting Base. This popular scenic spot is one of the earliest major film and television shooting bases in China. In 2020, the base restored Jinxian Road and Huanghe Road to accommodate the crew of Blossoms Shanghai.

Address: No 211 Cheting Road, Songjiang district




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