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Shanghai is a shopper's paradise. Locals flock to East Nanjing Road (Nanjing Dong Lu) and Middle Huaihai Road (Huaihai Zhong Lu) for department stores, retail outlets and luxury shops. Tourists find souvenirs among the stalls around Yu Garden (Yu Yuan), the gift market north of Jing'an Temple (Jing'an Si) and the fake market in the Science and Technology Museum Metro Station in Pudong. There's also the international fashion brand shops and high-end boutiques of Shanghai's Xintiandi and the funkier independent shops and galleries in Tianzifang. In between those destinations, there's no shortage of markets and hidden shops in Shanghai. Strolling through the former French Concession is a surefire way to stumble upon a delightful surprise or two.

Great bargains and an astonishing variety of cloth can be found at the South Bund Fabric Market, where you can get tailored clothes made to order. The city's also known for its pearls and jade, silk, and a place to score deals on electronics. And there's huge fun to be had trawling through Shanghai's antique stores, a bunch of which can be found on Jinxiu Road (Jǐnxiù Lù, 锦绣路). 

Wherever you travel, it's important to bargain in China. Shanghai is no different. You can bargain in many small shops and markets, but don't expect to bargain in a chain store or shopping mall.

See more on our Shanghai markets map or read more about Shanghai fake markets.

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