Shanghai Local Customs

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    Shanghai Souvenir Plates

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    be ready to haggle as they have no fixed price and we had our Souvenir Plates for RMB 50 after much haggling.with the photographer friend of our private tour guide.

    a caveat!

    all tours whether big group or small group or personalized have a photographer that will tail you at the various shanghai sites and take pictures then pester you on buying it. Don't fall for it if you are not fond of souvenirs like it as they will charge you 120 RMB if you are naive! now if you are good in haggling, you can bring the price to just 50 RMB..

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    Chinese Herbal medicine

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    lots of exotic ingredients and sourced from around the world. If you are doing group bus tours or the private van tours, a customary stop in a chinese Herbal Medicine Store where is you are a believer of chinese eastern medicine, you will be enticed to buy various herbal medicine products here like ginseng, dried sea horses, brown bear bile, turtle meats etc. Prices here are on the high side as they are usually the tourist stops.

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    Oishi, A Philippine Snack Invades Shanghai

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

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    now very popular in Shanghai Area, even my tour guide loves it. Oishi is a japanese word but it was used as a brand in the Philippines by Taipan Ben Chan, a second generation Fil-Chinese with roots in Fujian Province. Oishi is the Number one snack brand in the philippines and he then introduced in to China and other asian countries that nowadays it is one of the most popular snacks here in Shanghai and again our tour guide was surpised that her favorite snack originated in the Philippines. Note there are different flavors for the oishi brand here in china and in the philippines, for example the scallop flavored potato chips in not available in the philippines. A small pack of Oishi Snacks here costs 2.50 RMB while a bigger pack costs 3.50 RMB. Grab one now!

    different flavors back strawberry filling potato chips scallop flavored yummy!
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    Chinese Cigarettes

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    very expensive at 17-25 RMB per 20 piece pack as they are heavily taxed in Mainland China (and these are the local brands, the imported cigarettes like Marlboros, Camel, Winston, etc will cost RMB 30 to 40). Mainland China is the largest country in terms of Cigarette Smokers, hence the Government is trying to curb it by taxing the cigarettes more. Among the Popular Cigarette Brands in Shanghai are the Zhongua, Zhongnanhai, Lesser Panda, Pride, Haomao, Yuxi and a lot more and they come in different strengths and flavors and are available everywhere at stores, convenience stores, souvenir stall, supermarkets.

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    Local Chinese Food Stalls

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

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    ramshackle food stalls around shanghai that offer street food and other assorted stuffs. Like what I've said before, If you are in China, don't ask for Chinese Food but for Different Chinese Cuisine (China has 16 major cuisines of which the most known around the world is the Cantonese Cuisine) and the Shanghai Cuisine and streetfoods of which you can taste at the many food stalls around Shanghai like the Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumplings, Công yóu shao bing (onion oil pancake), Shanghai Street Noodles, Fried Stuffed Buns (Shengjian), Assorted Meat Balls and a lot more.

    Prices range from RMB 10 to 20 an order.

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    Chinese Tea Set

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    a nice gift or souvenir if you want an authentic piece of chinese history as the Iconic Tea originated in china and before it was such a state secret that anyone caught smuggling tea leaves to other countries will automatically have a death sentence by order by the chinese emperors. There are various kinds of teas in china of which the P'uer Aged Tea is the most expensive kind and it is better brewed and served via the Earthern Tea Pots and set which you can find at many Souvenir Shops and even malls and stores around Shanghai. Earthern Tea Set will cost at 60 to 80 RMB a set and the more expensive porcelain kinds of tea set at 100 RMB or more.

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    Shanghai Refrigerator Magnets

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    a cheap souvenir, prices starts at 12 rmb, you should haggle them up to 6 rmb if you can at the various souvenir stalls all around Shanghai.

    assorted refrigerator magnets from beijing and it cost 6 to 15 RMB (if you haggle a lot), depending on the materials used and your haggling skills and are available everywhere at the various Tourist Sites around Shanghai.

    nice paper weights for the fridge

    a nice souvenir from Shanghai beside shot glasses (unfortunately, I could not find any Shanghai shot glasses here), I also love to collect Refrigerator Magnets on all my travels and here in Shanghai is no Different., I usually buy them as part of my souvenir collections of the local area that I've visited and here in Shanghai, and you can find them everywhere especially at the assorted souvenir shops all around. Prices of the Fridge magnets vary depending if the ref magnet is ceramic or plastic or magnetized metal and your haggling skills.

    If you're a collector too then I would suggest you buy one too

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    more Shanghai T-Shirts

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    colored t-shirts as souvenirs costs slightly higher than the white colored ones, but if you buy 4 or more, they would give you a discount, but don't forget to haggle too. since they will ask you 120 RMB as Starting price at the various souvenir stalls and stands along Yu Yuan Gardens, Oriental TV tower, Huangpu River areas, etc. The Plain White Souvenir T-Shirts cost a little cheaper than the colored ones by 10 to 15 RMB per piece.

    another good way to buy souvenirs, but be ready to haggle as price are not fixed!

    but you would notice that prices of the colored souvnenir T-Shirts are generally similar in the Shanghai Area compared in Southern China as most of the Manufacturing Areas of China is located along the Coasts and in the Provinces of Guangdong, Shanghai, Hainan and Fujian. Souvenir T-Shirts abound all around Shanghai, particularly at the tourist areas and the quality of the cheapest ones are spotty at about RMB 30 to 40 per shirt (if you haggle) and the more durable ones cost RMB 55 to 70 (if you haggle).

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    Souvenir T-Shirts

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    again you must haggle since they will ask you 120 RMB as Starting price at the various souvenir stalls and stands along Yu Yuan Gardens, Oriental TV tower, Huangpu River areas, etc. The Plain White Souvenir T-Shirts cost a little cheaper than the colored ones by 10 to 15 RMB per piece.

    another good way to buy souvenirs, but be ready to haggle as price are not fixed!

    but you would notice that prices of the souvnenir T-Shirts are generally similar in the Shanghai Area compared in Southern China as most of the Manufacturing Areas of China is located along the Coasts and in the Provinces of Guangdong, Shanghai, Hainan and Fujian. Souvenir T-Shirts abound all around Shanghai, particularly at the tourist areas and the quality of the cheapest ones are spotty at about RMB 25 to 40 per shirt (if you haggle) and the more durable ones cost RMB 50 to 60 (if you haggle).

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    Shanghai Lighters

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    one can buy at 3 to 4 rmb at the various stores and souvenir stands all around bustling shanghai.

    where can you buy the cheapest made lighters around the world?

    where else but in china and it's territories of Macau and Hong Kong as most of the large scale manufacturing is located at the Southern China Region in the Pearl River Delta of Guangzhou Province which is just beside the two terrritories. Hence you can buy chinese made lighters as low as 2 RMB at the souvenir shops and regular convenience stores all around Beijing (but if you want the durable ones, they cost RMB 6 or more).

    very cheap and also disposable, but I could not vouch for the quality.

    very cheap at 3 RMB

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    Silk Purses

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    as a souvenir gift for female friends as good as gifts for girls. cost 10 to 15 RMB each, depending on your haggling skills if the cheap silk variety.

    off course buying silk in Hong Kong and in Macau or Mainland China is the real mccoy! as this is the place who invented the silk fabric that they discovered from the goo of silkworms and buying in The Business Capital of Mainland China, which is Shanghai, for Silk Products cannot be more original.

    but a caveat, there are inferior quality silk produced in Mainland China too, so before buying the silk products like the silk wallets, be sure to check out the products really well. budget silk wallets can cost between 10 RMB to 15 RMB per piece, depending on your haggling skills and the real quality ones can go up to 30 RMB and more.

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    Communist Caps

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

    a novelty, one must buy and they are numerous in Shanghai, specially along Yu Yuan Garden Souvenir Shops, The Bund Souvenir Shops and other areas. great way to have a souvenir as The Communist Cap was made famous by Communist China's Founder Mao Zedong and you can find it literally everywhere.

    you can buy the ubiqitous mao communist caps even in capitalist hong kong as these are fast selling novelty items for collectors like me and you can find these mao communist caps at the various souvenir shops and stalls all around Shanghai with different designs and colors and some even have tin pin up symbols around the caps and they range between RMB 12 to 20 per cap, depending on your haggling skills and the quality of the caps, so i would suggest you buy one for posterity

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    Displayed cooking

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

    In many restaurants in China, the invitational sight is... the kitchen.

    Usually hidden in western restaurants, the Chinese like to show cookers at work.

    The famous dumplings (not so special for my taste) are a good opportunity to show the cooker's skills.

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    Dancing

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

    As everywhere in China, it was easy to see in Shanghai people dancing in the streets.

    It's amazing to notice that it is mainly middle aged people (women in majority), and most of the dances show a collective formation.

    Fading signs of their political education?

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    Street orientation

    by JessieLang Written Oct 12, 2012

    Not really a custom, but a tip to make it easier to know where you are:

    The Pu River divides the city into two parts—Pu Dong (east side) and Pu Xi (west.) East-West streets are named for other cities.

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