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Top 9 markets

Updated:2008-06-04 17:47 | Source:

    1. Dong Tai Road Antique Market

    Description: Be warned, the word "antique" can apply to things made last year.

    Address: Dong Tai Road, near Xizang Nan Road

    Opening hours: Daily. Morning (in full swing by 9:30-10am) till sundown.

    Comments: Dong Tai Road is a lot of fun, especially if you're in the mood to just wander and look at junk. You'll find every kind of Mao memorabilia to old records, photos, lanterns, porcelain, chopsticks and knick-knacks. Remember to bargain hard here and have fun treasure hunting.

    2. Pearl's Circles, Wholesale Pearl & Stone Market

    Description: Wholesale freshwater pearls, sea water pearls, natural stones and crystals.

    Address: First Asia Jewelry Plaza, 3rd floor, 288 Fuyou Lu

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-6pm.

    Comments: Let fantasy be your guide. For pennies, you can design jewelry to your heart's content. Every vendor will have loads of ready-made jewelry for you to look over but you can also design your own. Just wait a few minutes and they'll string everything for you as you watch. Remember the golden rule: bargain, bargain, bargain!

    3. Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market

    Description: Same type of market as #2, but much bigger.

    Address: Hong Mei Road on the corner of Hong Qiao Road

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-10pm.

    Comments: The market is a little out of the way for the normal tourist who is staying downtown, but if you have time (hey, they're open until 10pm), make the trip out. Like Pearl's Circles, vendors have ready-made items for you to buy, but you can do your own designing. Freshwater pearls are a real value in China. Read more about buying pearls in China here.

    4. Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market

    Description: Underground (literally) maze of vendors selling toys, clothing, jewelry and a lot of fake (read counterfeit brand) bags and watches.

    Address: Science and Technology Museum Metro Stop (Metro Line 2), Pudong

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-6pm.

    Comments: What happened to Xiang Yang market? After that famous "fake" market closed its gates in 2006, many vendors relocated to Yatai Xinyang. This is a great place to buy inexpensive souvenirs: Shanghai t-shirts, chopsticks, cushion covers and pashminas. Let the buyer beware: when it comes to fakes, you get what you pay for (and you probably paid too much).

    5. Shanghai Longhua Fashion and Gift Market

    Description: Outdoor market full of stalls selling the same thing as #4 above.

    Address: 2465 Longhua Road, near the Longhua Temple

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-6pm.

    Comments: According to its local ads, the original Xiang Yang market is "now registered as Longhua Market". Well, indeed, after Xiang Yang, the famous "fake" market, closed its gates in 2006, many vendors relocated to Yatai Xinyang above and to the Longhua market. It sells the same items as #4, has the added value of being near the temple, so you could do a bit of sight-seeing before you shop.

    6. Shanghai South Bund Fabric Market

    Description: Three floors of fabric and tailors.

    Address: 399 Lujiabang Road (near the Bund)

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-7pm.

    Comments: Here you can make your couture dreams come true. Great values are qipaos, cashmere coats and men's shirts. Almost every stall has its own tailor who can whip up whatever you want in about a week. Your best bet is to have something you like copied over in your new fabric. Clothing made from photos or descriptions yield mixed (mostly bad) results. If you can, bring a Chinese speaker with you. Some tailors do speak English.

    7. Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Market

    Description: Three floors of fabric and tailors.

    Address: 168 Dongmen Road, not far from Yuyuan Garden.

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-6pm.

    Comments: This market is very similar to #6, but is much quieter and has a lot fewer foreigners standing around looking confused. You'll find the same fabrics - cashmere, silk, linen, wool and cotton at similar prices. Many vendors speak a bit of English but if you're having something complicated made, it's best to take along someone who can speak a bit of Chinese.

    8. Flower, Bird, Fish and Insect Market

    Description: Crazy maze of vendors selling pets and supplies. The bugs are really the reason to go.

    Address: Tibet Road at Fuxing Road (just a few minutes walk from Dong Tai Road (see # 1)

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-6pm.

    Comments: Unless you're in the market for fighting crickets or grubs to feed your birdies, this is more of a gawk-stop than a real shopping trip. It's worth the trip for the weird and unusual and you'll get some great photos.

    9. Cybermart

    Description: Three floors of all things computer/mobile phone/video/etc. See photo.

    Address: 282 Huai Hai Middle Road

    Opening hours: Daily. 10am-9pm.

    Comments: This is a great place to pick up bits and pieces such as extra digital camera batteries or memory cards, blank CDs and DVDs, USB memory sticks as well as bigger items such as printers, cell phones, etc. I might avoid the temptation of buying anything too big-ticket (e.g. iPods or computers). If you don't live in Shanghai, and you have trouble with the item, you won't be able to bring it back.

Editor : Zhu Xinrui

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