Shanghai is a major international port which is known
in China for its enthusiastic embrace of all things new and
fashionable, making it a shopper's paradise.
The Nanjing Lu Pedestrian Mall is a fascinating blend
of western and eastern shopping, and Huaihai Zhong Street has a
great selection of Chinese silk, which is a popular souvenir. The
Old Town Bazaar has a variety of crafts and antiques, including
popular Shanghai souvenirs like jade bracelets, cloisonné
jewellery and vases, lacquerware and porcelain items, and vintage
Cultural Revolution books and posters.
Other shopping districts in Shanghai include Parkson
Shopping Centre, and the 'four cities': Yuyuan Shopping City,
Xujiahui Shopping City, New Shanghai Shopping City and Jiali
Sleepless City. Fuzhou Road is a great place to find cultural items
like music, art and books.
Although knock-off items are popular buys in
Shanghai, visitors should be aware that customs in many countries
do not allow travellers to take multiple items of this sort back
with them. Counterfeit souvenirs are also common, so buyers should
be wary of paying high prices for easily faked items like jade and
Travellers should flex their bargaining muscles at
street shops and markets, but the prices in formal stores and
hotels are generally fixed. They should remember to keep smiling
and draw the shopkeeper away from other customers for the best
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