If you intend to tailor made your own cheongsam but do not intend to spend too much, you should bring your own cloth/material to the shops in Changle Road or Maoming Road. This shop charges 600yuan for cotton materials or 800yuan for silk material. It's is only 4 shops away from the famous shop Hanyi - whose tailor made cheongsam for the movie "Mood for Love". It takes only 3 days to tailor-made.
We saw a display green cheongsam blouse with hand stitched flowers. We wanted a different colour and requested a made-to-measure blouse with the same flower designs. The manager took out a catalog of sample coloured materials for us to choose. The cost was 1400 yuan. It is more expensive as it needs to stitch the flowers. The manager honestly told us that the seamstress uses a hand machine to stitch. This blouse took 2 weeks to tailor-made and was air mailed to us.
Our hotel was very close to Nanjing Road - one of the main shopping streets in Shanghai. The street is about 3 and a half miles long. It starts at the Bund and runs to the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street.
This street has lots of shops, restaurants and some interesting sculptures. It is busy day and night and is good for people watching. At night there are many bright neon signs.
It is a wholesale seafood market where traders gathered together and restaurant and housewife come here to buy for the seafood they like to cook for the day. The seafood are alive seafood kept in the aquarium for sales, chilled seafood, frozen seafood and preserved seafood. There are many types.
Enter the covered area to the rows of live seafood and take your pick from shellfish (including lobsters), various varieties of fish and even snakes—they really do have it all. You’ll pay by weight or quantity, depending on the catch.
Door after door, modern shopping malls and shops line this always crowded avenue, allowing you to find everything.
At night, fairylike advertising gives to the street an American look, where the Chinese references may only be noticed in details.
Shopaholics will feel in paradise.
You will recognize numerous American and foreign retailers on Huaihai Road, which is a famous shopping street in Shanghai. There are also several large department stores here. Come here for the crowds, shopping, and restaurants.
What to pay: American and foreign name brands are generally not cheap in Shanghai.
You will find street vendors every where including the metro, but a lot will make their living in the late afternoon and evening which is a lot cooler in the summer months and they do not hassle you...great!
What to buy: You can buy all sorts, have a hunt around you will find some great buys to take home and don't forget to bargain as a lot of these goods will be pirated or knock offs!
What to pay: Not Much...lol
Looking for a bargain you will find it here with famous brand names that they tell me are factory outlets or end of runs?? ok, that maybe correct but who cares the shopping is fantastic! Once you get over the initial shock of stalker type sales people who follow you around offering all sorts of goods and accept some of your own as we did on the clothing floor, who were quite helpful (husband and wife) and not that intimidating after all, even offering to show rabbit where the mens room was and informing him that it is 3rmb to use...lol Hope we get them on our next shopping trip here! ( unbelievable....we did have them again on our 2011 shopping trip....lol )
What to buy: Shirley came away with a lot of lady's clothing and rabbit could not help himself, spent up large on brand name t-shirts and sweatshirts, which are in his size....so lucky! Some even had the correct labels such as Billabong and Quicksilver, wow!!!.....sshhiisshhhhh................lmao!
What to pay: Start bargaining at 10% of the asking price as there are so many selling the same or similar products, they will call you back if you decide to walk off. Brand named t-shirts you can get for 30rmb or $5.00 NZ now that's fantastic shopping and i think Lindyz would have had kittens here, taken along her bank manager and a removal truck!!
I visited their showroom. They sell pretty nice ceramic Chinese Art painting. It is more on cultural prospective than scenery. Their works are very fine. Prices are reasonable too. It would be great for house or office wall decoration.
What to buy: Ceramic Paintings
What to pay: US$40 to US$200
The world's first Barbie Flagship Store has opened in Shanghai, occupying an entire 5-storey pink building along the shopping mecca of Huaihai Middle Road. Come here only if you are not allergic to pink or girly girls, or have an easily enticed daughter/girlfriend/wife/female who does not understand the concept of money. In addition to Barbie dolls (including some rare and expensive models), the store sells womenswear, women's accessories, childrenwear and, er, Barbie chocolate. There is also a spa and cafe. Men, beware. It's. A. Trap.
Update 2011: This store has closed!
What to buy: Dolls, clothes, accessories.
What to pay: About RMB250 for a Barbie doll, RMB1000+ for a Barbie handbag.
Once our Bund photo session had finished we crossed the road and entered Nanjing Rd east. We soon stopped to gaze at upmarket women's fashions in a shop window near or more likely in the Peace Hotel complex.
A little further on the road becomes a walking street, very crowded with tourists, local residents and the persistent touts. The choice here is enormous, however the quality varies, be careful and examine your purchase in detail before payment.
We visited The Shanghai No1 Department store as my wife wanted to buy some pearl earings. This store was one of the first department stores in Shanghai and is a multi level building with a huge variety of quality goods.
There are dozens of shops selling cheap silk, polo shirts, shoes, watches etc etc. Recommend you try the clothes on to be certain of fit and quality.
When you are tired of shopping there is a huge variety of cafes, fast food and restaurants nearby.
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You can get here everything from watches to clothing, bags to suitcases.
Be ready to bargain! We bought for eg 2 huge beautiful handbags for 200 RMB total instead of 1700 RMB.
What to pay: North Face windbreak for 100 RMB
Handbags Salvatore Ferragamo, Chloe for 100 RMB each
Ralph Lauren shirt 60 RMB
Samsonite middle size 160 RMB
....replica, but quality is like original...
This is one of the largest jewelry stores I have ever seen. It covers 3 floors with Gold, Platinum and Jade. The gold is mostly 24 carat jewelry, because this is the Chinese tradition. The gold and platinum jewelry is sold by the gram at the official government rate. You pay mostly for the gold, not for the workmanship, so it is sold at bargain prices compared to US prices.
If you can't find what you are looking for here, just walk outside. There are many very large jewelry stores on this street.
What to buy: 24 carat Gold, Jade, and Platinum are sold here.
What to pay: You pay by by the gram here. Each piece carries a weight tag. The unit price is listed on a sign on the wall. They have calculators present a each counter so you can calculate the price.
The storekeeper more like a art designer. She dispose this little store as a art museum. Most merchandise is come from Nepal, Tailand and Tibet what is very special and beautiful. If you like minority feature, you may find what you like in the store. Maybe a headgear, a pair of shoes, mirror, light and so on. Even if you don't want to buy anything, visiting and looking around also is amused.
What to buy: all stuff are pick from Tibetan area, which is the best just judge by your favor
What to pay: the price is higher than average, some big thing are very expensive......but if you pick carefully you may find something bargain
This pedestrian street is so famous that you must take time to check it out for yourself. Store after store squeezed by huge shopping malls. An amazing experience! Do put this place on your bucket list!
What to buy: Nanjing Lu is so HUGE! runs east to west so save your legs and ride one of the little trains! There is shop after shop after mall after mall stretching the length of this pedestrian road. Take your time and you will find some thing for every one here!
What to pay: Depending on what store or mall you are shopping in, many of them are quite open to bargaining so start very, very low!!...lol