Everything that the ladies wish for their hair and accessories are around these side streets specialising only in hair products for the ladies, sorry gents!!
What to buy: Shirley really wanted some soft hair rollers as she can sleep with these ones with no discomfort and they sell them in this special part of Shanghai!
What to pay: not too much...lmao!
Jing'an District has a large mall named City Plaza which mainly caters for the domestic market but below is many smaller shops where you can purchase some bargains!
What to buy: Get your lucky beaded bracelets, jade or something precious from Shirley's cousin who has her own shop, which is to the left when going down from the mall.....Mention Shirley & Rabbit from NZ!!
What to pay: I brought a genuine, very lovely calming bracelet for one of my daughters for 60rmb, a good buy!
All under one roof, five floors of pc's, mobile phones, camera's and any thing electrical.
What to buy: We have been here a couple of times now and on this visit purchased an evd player ( yes evd ) which Shirley thinks is just great and for 600rmb a good buy!
Xinyang Market lies under the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum (I believe they call it Ku Chi Kwai (phonetic)). Anything with a name brand on it is fake so beware but this is the place to get cheap stuff to take home with you. All the shops inside are selling the same items so if they won't take your price just go to the next one. There's a section of the market that will tailor clothes for you. One of my friends had her wedding dress made there (exactly as she wanted it).
What to buy: Anything you want, at the end of the trip I barely cared what I was buying anymore, if it seemed like a deal I bought it.
What to pay: Here's what I bought and the prices paid:
4 Suits tailored, 450 RMB each.
Golf Clubs (these I didn't buy but I was offered a set for $1,000 RMB)
T-Shirts 20 RMB
Green Lasers 35 RMB each
Silk Table Runner 20 RMB
Tea set 85 RMB
Fake Lacoste/Ralph Lauren Polos 30 RMB
Large Chess Set 140 RMB
Medium Chess Set 100 RMB
Metal Chopsticks (x5) 40 RMB
Go Set (game) 140 RMB
Flask 80 RMB
Large hard shell suitcase 200 RMB
Rolling Carry-on Samsonite 150 RMB
Cashmere Overcoat Tailored 500 RMB
Silk Wine Bottle Bags (x5) 40 RMB
Oil Paintings (~3'x5') 250 RMB
Anyway, if you're buying lots of things always shoot for paying less than you did before and eventually you'll see how low you can go before nobody is willing to sell it to you.
The smaller shops are very good value and you will find want you want by hunting around!
What to buy: Fresh produce to cold drinks including beer and smokes....ya!
What to pay: You could pay 8rmb for a big bottle of beer and 9rmb for a packet of double happiness 20's, now that's fantastic value!!
Marion Carsten is a professional handcrafted-jewelry maker from Germany. She plays with contrasting elements of roughness and perfection to bring about a style that is both functional and stylish, perfect for the modern woman. It's not just women that are catered for either - she also offers a smart range of sterling cufflinks, as well as classic rings and bracelets.
What to buy: Marion Carsten personally crafted several distinctive and eye-catching collections with reinterpretations of formal elements in Asian cultures.
What to pay: High quality but still affordable jewelry!
The DFS in terminal 2 (the new terminal) of Pudong Airport is quite good.
I've also seen what looks like a DFS in the Jing'an district of Shanghai, on Jiangning Road (near Xin Zha Rd). From Nanjing Road West, that's about 6 blocks north on Jiangning Rd, on the left hand side. I've never been inside though. (MAY 2010 - I've been to the DFS on Jiangning Lu; overall it's not impressive, doesn't have very much and prices don't seem that good.)
I am not the only one to find this department store, but more to my liking with cloths that fit me ....ha ha, compared to some of the other stores along Nanjing rd which seem to cater for i suppose more the local domestic market, lucky Shirley!!
What to buy: Well i went out without a jacket this morning and as it was getting slightly chilly tried on some jackets and not bad. They have a good range of clothing for every one.
What to pay: The price for the jacket i bought started at 1400 RMB and i walked away wearing this for 400 RMB, bargain away!!!!!
This shopping mall is dedicated to leather and some fur and i mean the whole mall is just full of shops stocking only genuine leather goods......fantastic, fantastic got me going!!!
What to buy: All genuine leather goods from belts, purses, wallets, handbags, skirts, jackets, trousers, ties, etc and some fur.....you will find it all here!___Blew me away!!
What to pay: Bargain yourself silly, two on one works great, Shirley and Connie have this down to pat ( local girl's, they were great to watch in action!!! ...lol )
Plenty of small shop's with lots of great souvenirs and gifts. You can bargain but in this area you will end up paying westener prices as it is for the tourist's..........!!
( sorry lindyz! )
What to buy: The best for me is the " China Dolls "
Dutch Items Shanghai is an European-style boutique that carries affordable designer items from Dutch designer Jolie van Beek. The clothing is fashionable, without being trendy and is a nice keepsake for your trip.
What to buy: They have nice dresses, skirts, sweaters and jersey Ts as well as a selection of imported Dutch shoes.
What to pay: Prices start at 200 rmb, ~30 USD
This Mall has everything you need as long as you can read Chinese....lmao.... from a fantastic large supermarket to clothing or even a motorcycle, and we even noticed a couple of local Westener's doing their own shopping.....that must say something!
What to buy: All your basics, we did our weekly shop with which i had a great time..lol
What to pay: With the exchange this is very reasonable....lucky us!
Typical Chinese street with cheap shops and malls. On the street people might follow you and offer you fake brands of bags/watches (they show you pictures of Gucci bags and then you need to follow them to their store-they keep things hidden in other, separate room, behind the wall or mirror). For shopping you need to bargain with them.
What to buy: I am not a fan of shopping in China just because I don't like the style, but what people usually buy is clothes, fake bags/wallets/watches. I think they have great tea and scarfs.
What to pay: very very cheap..but bargain always.
Here is just a rough idea on the prices we paid for stuff bought in Shanghai. Decide for yourself if you feel we bargained hard enough!
Wine bottle covers - 10rmb each
Fake jade bracelets - 20rmb each
Umbro soccer top - 29rmb
Addidas tops - 45rmb each
Four leaf clover bracelet - 25rmb
Sunglasses - 30rmb each
Wallets - 40rmb each
Soccer tops and shorts sets - 114rmb each
Reading glasses 1.50 strength with black frames - 60rmb
Colourful converse shoes - 80rmb each
Roxy bikini - 100rmb
Various keyrings - from 5-10rmb each
Nightie for me - 40rmb
Cheap t-shirts - 25rmb each
Cushion covers - 40rmb each
Makeup purses - 15rmb each
Playing cards x 2 decks - 15rmb
Umbrella - 15rmb
Hard sunglasses cases - 10rmb each
Scorpion necklace with engraved name - 25rmb
Scarves - 10rmb each
Spongebob undies - 10rmb each
Set of 20 postcards - 20rmb
Small chinese bags - 5rmb each
Fake jade necklace silver - 18rmb
Rings - various from 5rmb-30rmb
Unfortunately, we left our visit to Yu Yuan Gardens until our second last day. I say this because it was possibly the cheapest shopping we came across, and by that time, our suitcases were almost full!!! So .... go there early in your Shanghai stay! The Yu Yuan Gardens is not only a beautiful place to visit, the shops in the Bazaar and fantastic. And then ... there are streets of even better shopping outside Yu Yuan, in streets such as Fangbang Road. Best for Chinese souvenirs and jewellery we thought.