There are probably more than 100 stores at Xiang Yang Market. Many of the stores are selling immitation goods from Gucci to Polo to Rolex Watch to Callaway Golf Clubs. Lady handbag, shoes, shirts, handicrafts, DVD, backpack, etc Also negotiate. Cut at least 50% from the first quoted price.
Dine in total darkness!
If you've not blind and would like to experience what it's like to eat as a blind, book a spot here. I know the concept is from a restaurant in France and there are several around the world, but if you've never been to either, I recommend The Black Cafe. It's a mindblowing experience!
Before you're led to the "dark room", you have to place your order, I went with two friends, so I made them order for me, I wanted everthing to be a surprise, see. Then after placing the orders, you place all your belongings (anything that can give out light, incl cell phone) in a locker before washing your hands. Once you're upstairs, outside the dark room, you'll be introduced to your waiter (who's blind). Then you, your friends form a human train behind the waiter as he leads you in. Your adventure begins there.
btw everyone who works there are soo polite I had the duck, that was good,my friend had the lamb, that one's excellent too. I heard that the Beijing dark restaurant doesnt have very good food. But the Black Cafe has excellent food.
Eat with your hands to maximize the experience, it's the only time you can eat like a pig in public without anyone noticing.
Depending on what you order, it's about RMB200/person. Incl soup, salad,dessert and drink. Yes, it is a tad bit more pricey than other places in SH, but it's an unforgettable experience.
An advice: wear black. Please refrain from wearing your favorite dress or top, chances are you will spill/drip/drop something and the stain isn't going to be pretty.
Soong Ching-ling's Former Residence
Soong Ching-ling (1893-1981) is revered throughout China as a loyalist to the communist cause. Born in Shànghai to a wealthy family and educated in Wesleyan College in Massachussettes, she married the founder of the Chinese Republic, Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1915. Unlike the rest of her family members who all fled China after 1949, Soong Ching-ling stayed and was given many important political and cultural posts in the communist government. This 1920s villa served as her residence from 1948 to 1963. This stately residence is now a museum displaying relics of Madame Soong's illustrious life with photographs of her with Presidents, Prime Ministers and monarchs of that era. In the garage are two black limousines, one of which was presented to her by Lenin in 1952. Also on display is her personal revolver which I wonder if she had ever used. Behind the mansion is a lovely garden where Madame Soong used to hold tea parties for her distinguished guests.
Shanghai, abbreviated as "Hu" or "Shen", is situated in the middle of China's east coast and it is a gate to the Yangtze River valley. It's population is of 17 million, of which 10 million live in urban area. You get to see great skycrapers and an awesome view at night from the Huangpu River.
It's China's largest economic and trade center, an industrial base as well as the leading port in the country. Definitely my favorite city in China.