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A Complete Visitor's Guide to Shopping in Shanghai

Markets, Shops, Tailors and More


Visitors to Shanghai need some guidance when it comes to shopping. While many shops and markets are obvious, you might not know where to go to buy what and you might not even realize what's available. The following shopping guides and lists will help you maximise your shopping time. Warning: you may need to buy an extra suitcase at the end of your trip.

1. First things first - Bargaining Skills

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Read Bargaining 101: Eight Rules and Two Myths about Shopping in China first. This article will get you grounded in the mindset.

2. Shopping Photo Gallery

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Here's a little photo gallery of different traditional (and some non-traditional) Chinese items to pick up on your travels here.

3. Shanghai's Markets

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Shanghai boasts a number of markets spread all over the city - and not all of them are tourist traps. Locals go to markets too and you can pick up some great bargains - from pearls to bedsheets.

4. Best Unique Shops

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Sometimes it's hard to see beyond the markets and when you don't have much time, markets are definitely a time-save when it comes to shopping. But Shanghai has a growing number of independent boutique designers that you should check out. You can find a few treasures that aren't in the markets or the local import shop back home.

5. Fuxing Road Walking and Shopping

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Mix walking with shopping to create a great afternoon. Fuxing West Road offers some nice boutiques as well as a lovely walk.

6. Shaoxing & Taikang Road Walking and Shopping

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Shaoxing Road is one of my favorites in Shanghai's former French Concession. Combine a little walk down Shaoxing Road and then head to the alleys of Tianzifang on Taikang Road to enjoy some serious shopping.

7. Men's Suits? A Good Tailor

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You can go to any of the fabric markets and get a decent suit made but if you're looking for exceptional quailty using imported high-end fabric (at a fraction of what you'd pay back home), then visit W.W.Chan's.

8. Gift Guides

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You may be jetting into town for a quick business trip but there are still souvenier expectations back home. Check out the gift guides for some quick tips on what to buy family and friends.

9. How to Buy Pearls

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Hitting the pearl markets? Understand how to tell a fake from a real one and get the best value. You could also try shopping with a professional pearl shopper who leads pearl tours: Angela McDonald.

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