I visited this place twice to fulfill my shopping needs. There's even a bank at the Ground Floor (Bank of China) whereby we can easily do our currency exchange here if we are in need of cash RMB as all of the shops in here does not accept major credit or charge card.
This plaza offers many small outlets that sells :-
1) Clothes (man, woman & children)
2) Accessories (watches, pearl bracelets/necklace, belt etc.)
5) Table cloth / Bedsheet / Bed spread etc.
As an advise or tips for shopping. Please do survey to the maximum to each outlet so that you can select/choose the right/reasonable price of the item that you wanted to buy. The trick is, if you wanted to buy a jacket, go to one outlet then from the opening price by the seller, bargain it for 70% (e.g if RMB100.00, bargain to RMB30.00). If the seller do not want to accept our price, said thank you then straightly walk out from the shop, just see the reaction of the seller whether he/she will call you back to bargain more or agree with your price. If there's no reaction from them, we should know that our price is not reasonable for them. Go to the next shop, select the same item, bargain again with slightly high bargain price from the 1st shop. In this case, bargain for RMB30.00(same price), if the seller insist, up another RM10.00, make it RM40.00. Use the same strategy which is say thank you and walk out from the outlet. Do this until one outlet agreed with the pricing. Always bargain the minimum although you will think that the price you wanted to say is ridicilous. I'll tell you what, I bought a imitation Giorgio Armani jacket for RMB90.00 from the opening price of RMB1400.00. Crazy huh?
What to buy: 1) Imitation item such as cloth, jacket, shoes, watches etc.
2) Freshwater pearl.
3) Football / Soccer jersey
What to pay: Bringing RMB1000.00 is considered good enough to have you to bring lots of plastic bags full of items to your hotel room.
This is the market that began as a street market called Hua Ting Market. A few years back, the local government made a new location for the market on Huaihai road and it became Xiang Yang Market after a bordering street name. This summer, they were forced to move again.
The market is now located inside the subway station under the Science and Technology Museum in Pudong. It is easy to find. Just take the number 2 subway toward Pudong and get off at the Science and Technology building. Take the escalator up to the exit level and look around or ask someone. It is in the ticketing level.
The market is about the same size as the old market, but it is in the subway station and it is airconditioned. You can get all the same bargains without sweating in the Shanghai sun.
What to buy: How about a large rolling computer bag from the company that makes the Swiss Army knife for 25 dollars. You can ge anything in clothing, toys, luggage and junk here. You also can get the copy Rolex watches and DVDs.
What to pay: See my other article about techniques for shopping here. Prices are low, but you can bargain lower if you know how.
Update! The old store is closed and they have moved to two new locations.
This club says it is an internet club in Chinese on its sign, but look inside and you will see only one computer and a few tables. Go to the back right of the shop, through the door into a hallway and enter the first door on the right. Here you will find the best collection of pirate DVDs and CDs in Shanghai. You will also find the room full of westerners who also know the secret!
News Flash! They also have a second store at Dagu Road. This is near the Four Seasons Hotel and off Shi Men Road and between Wei Hai and Yanan Roads.
What to buy: DVDs and Cds
What to pay: 10 to 40 RMB, but the quality of the DVDs is better than street quality
original designs, inspiration from ancient chinese Civilization.
pure things in pure place.
What to buy: Chinese black pottery, painted pottery, Chinese fresco, fine tablelinen, cushion cover, silk pouches, decorative candle, fine bone china dinnerware...
What to pay: very reasonable price on good quality, all cards.
Many people recommend Nanjing Lu for shopping in Shanghai. This is a good place, if you're looking for high-end goods and the big brands. But to me, you can find these shops in major cities around the world, and you're not going to find it any cheaper in Shanghai. So I prefer to give it a miss.
Along Shan Xi Nan Lu, there are entire streets of shops dedicated to outlet fashion. Many big names manufacture in China, and these shops carry factory overruns or samples, so sometimes you get stuff even before they are launched in the new season. You can get clothes and shoes at a very reasonable price, but as with normal outlet shopping, look out for manufacturing defects.
Another great street is Huai Hai Zhong Lu and Chang Shu Lu. Similar concept as Shan Xi Nan Lu, just even more shops to choose from.
You just got to be mindful that some shops sell the real thing, but some others sell fakes as well. So if you have a local friend who's into the shopping scene, try to get tips on which shops to go to.
Bring cash as well, as many shops don't accept credit cards.
Xiang Yang market place is full of clothes, bags, table clothing etc but do remember to check the quality before buying.
This is a real bargainer's paradise.
I would call the market as a "Fake Market" but hey, one can do really good shopping there.
The New Xiang Yang Market has been relocated The address is :
Shanghai Hong Qiao Datong Tang Building
No. 461 Jin Hui Road
What to buy: There are plenty of things to buy from scarfs to fake handbag's. From souvenirs to jeans.
What to pay: Bargain, bargain bargain - thats my advise. As an extreme example: a girl asked 180yuan for a hairpin (like two fingers to put your hair up) and we ended up paying 4 yuan to her. This was because I had seen similar hairpins in a local groceries for 3 yuan and I told her that.
Most tourists don't get to Xujiahui, a prime residential and shopping district in Puxi just southwest of the city centre, unless they are staying at one of the mid-range hotels here. Five roads meet at the busy junction above Xujiahui metro station, at which five large shopping malls are found: Grand Gateway, Pacific, Number 6, Oriental and Meiluocheng. Xujiahui metro station itself has an underground mall with countless small shops. Unlike Nanjing and Huaihai roads, the shops here generally sell things that ordinary Shanghai residents want to buy!
What to buy: Everyday things.
What to pay: Prices are more reasonable compared to Huaihai or Nanjing roads.
Since another VTer requested a list of stores in the Shanghai Forum, I figured I'd also post the list of stores in Shanghai here as well:
Istean (imported toys)
527 Huahai Zhong Lu and 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu
Next Age (Yaohan Department Store)
501 Zhong Yang Lu by Pudong Nan Lu
Bao Da Xiang Children and Youth Department Store
685 Nanjing Dong Lu
China Digital Land
528 Lao Shan Xi Lu
225 Fuyou Lu
Bachmann Showroom (model trains)
595 Wu Ding Road
Cuddle's Wonderland Teddy Bear Collector's Shop
404 Shanxi Lu
What to buy: Toys, of course!
Xiangyang Fashion and Gift Market offers nearly everything except food. The stalls are often filled with fake designer goods, but you can also find many local brands. Available goods: clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, watches, gifts, local crafts, games, etc.
What to buy: It depends what is your view on buying fake designer goods. But you can get, for example, Adidas running shoes for RMB 100-130, shirts RMB 30-50, bags RMB 100-150.
What to pay: Between 10 and 30% of the initial price. Make sure to bargain hard - that's expected!
The market is located opposite the Xiangyang Park along Huai Hai Zhong Road (nearest metro station is Shanxi Nan Road Stop). The market consists of hundreds of small stores selling many things - apparels (children, adult), imitation goods, silk scarves, bags, cushion covers, tablerunners, jewellery, chinese decorations, shoes and many more. As I have mentioned in the 'Tourist traps' section, one will have to bargain real hard at this market as very often, asking prices are skyhigh especially for foreigners. I can't really advise on what's the lowest possible prices to bargain for...but I did manage to get a silk scarve for 25RMB, a haversack for 60RMB, a set of baby chinese custume for 50RMB. I'm not that good a bargainer (i pretty much just asked for slightly less than 1/2 of the asking price)...so an expert bargainer will probably be able to get much lower prices.
What to buy: If you are into chinois-theme home furnishings, do check out the cushion covers, tablecloths, tablerunners, fabric placemats and coasters. Ladies might want to buy some silk scarves for yourselves or as gifts for friends. Clothings and shoes are reasonably cheap for both men and women. Unfortunately, I was there during winter so the shops are carrying mainly winter clothings and footwear which aren't really suitable for wear in sunny Singapore.
What to pay: Keep your credit cards in the hotel. Expect to pay cash at the stores. Between 15-30RMB for silk scarves of various sizes, 20-50RMB for children's clothings, 30-60RMB for medium size haversacks. These are based on my personal experiences, perhaps if you have a local friend, he/she might be able to advise more accurately on pricing of goods.
Anything you want to buy - you will find it here! This was possibly our best shopping destination while in Shanghai, we did visit on 2 separate days. It is very very easy to get to. Just take subway Line 2 (we got it from Nanjing East Station) to Shanghai Science and Technology Station, which I think is 4 stations away and a one-way ticket cost only 4rmb. When you get off at the station, the Markets are actually on the same level. Not only are the Xinyang Markets there, but also another HUGE shopping area called "AP Plaza" and another one called "Pearl Market something".
Plus, it is all underground and quite cool to shop in. Even though the temperatures did not reach above about 25 degrees in Shanghai, the humidity is still very high.
I bought a lot of silver Tiffany jewellery here, plus heaps of chinese souvenirs, t-shirts, bags, bikinis, new reading glasses, keyrings, nighties, cushion covers, wine bottle covers, bookmarks - like I said, anything you want to buy, you will indeed find it here.
The souvenir shops in Yuyuan Garden Bazaar, with their colourful rows of fans, tea sets etc, are very attractive, and the salespeople are quite persuasive, but you can buy the same items from stalls in the little alleyways leading off from Nanjing Road, for half the price.
The best way to buy cloth, were it silk, cashmere, satin or something completely different, is to go to Dongjiadu cloth market. There are several dozens of stalls selling all the colours and materials you need to make the next cocktail dress or something else.
The outside shops sell mostly silk and rayon, some odd cashmere stalls are there, too. Inside, the variety increases. The shopkeepers speak a little English, but pocket calculator and gestures usually convey the message. There are also tailors that can make you the item you want with the material you want.
Be prepaped to tolerate some pestering as some sellers are keen to give you the best price and quality. The market is not easily accessible with public transporation, but fortunately taxis are cheap and plentiful. Remember to have the address written in Chinese or a Chinese map with you.
What to buy: Silk and cashmere have the best discounts compared to Western countries. Be aware of the quality and authenticity.
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.
What to buy: Whereever I traveled in China, I always saw kids and families flying kites. It seemed like something people really enjoyed doing over there. I just loved looking at the colorful kites and thought that they'd make a great gift if you have children.