Often dwarfed by the fame of the neighboring Nanjing Rd. North, Fuzhou Road is a far less flashy and frenzied street of books and culture. Yet, much history remains from the days when Fuzhou Rd. was famous Shanghai tour for its 151 singsong houses (the polite name for brothels) - with the suggestively named 'Lane of Lingering Happiness' located at No.726 Fuzhou Road in the past.
Nowadays however the street is known for much more wholesome offerings. Lined with educational tours in China bookstores and art stores selling materials for Western and Chinese arts and crafts it's the perfect place to pick up some new reading material or a new hobby.
With more than 30 bookstores in the area Fuzhou Road is said to have the highest density of such stores in Shanghai. Even Albert Einstein paid a visit here in 1923 to give a lecture on his Theory of Relativity. Shanghai's largest bookstore, the the Shanghai Book City, is here at No.465. Further along the road away from People's Square you can find the largest official Foreign Language China tours Bookstore in Shanghai with the Shanghai Book Mall opposite.
The Shanghai Foreign Language bookstore has three floors devoted to foreign language titles. Most of the materials are in English with the first floor containing mostly souvenirs, books about China history and English Yangtze River cruises literary classics. The third floor has a wider selection of modern novels and magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Hello.