Shanghai Shopping

Shanghai is chock-a-block with places to spend money. The markup on luxury goods is extremely high in China, and even clothes at American chains are pricier here than in the States. Malls usually don't open until 10; boutiques open at 11. The upside is that chain stores tend to stay open later, with many closing at 10 pm. Independent shops close by 7:30 pm. Markets generally start earlier, at around

7:30 or 8, and close around 6. Most stores are open seven days a week.

Yu Garden, a major tourist haunt in the Old City area of Shanghai, can be overwhelming, but if you’re looking for tchotchkes, hard bargaining brings rewards. Here is where you’ll find imitation jade, tiny Buddha statues, costume jewelry, scarves, and the like. Also check out these streets that specialize in specific traditional products: Fenyang Lu, in the French Concession, and Jinling Lu, west of the Bund, for musical instruments; Fuzhou Lu, between People’s Square and the Bund, in City Center, for books and art supplies, including calligraphy supplies; Changle Lu and Maoming Lu in the Former French Concession for qipao (Chinese-style dresses).

For a traditional massage, you’ll find hundreds of blind massage parlors, inexpensive no-frills salons whose blind masseurs are closely attuned to the body's soft and sore spots. At the other end of the spectrum lie the hotel spas, luxurious retreats where pampering is at a premium.

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Amy Lin's Pearls and Jewelry

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Friendly owner Amy Lin has some mystique surrounding her. It's alleged that she has sold pearls to European first ladies and American...

Shanghai Museum Shop

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This selection of books on China and Chinese culture is impressive, and there are also some interesting children's books. Expensive reproduction...

Shanghai Tang

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This is one of China's leading fashion brands, with distinctive acid-bright silks, soft-as-a-baby's-bottom cashmere, and funky housewares.

Shanghai Trio

  • Clothing

Chinese fabrics mixed with French flair, irresistible children's clothes and sweet little kimonos in bright colors, great utilitarian...

Uma Wang

  • Clothing

When the Central St. Martins grad launched her eponymous line in 2005, little did she know her designs would soon be on the catwalks...

Zen Lifestore

  • Ceramics/Glassware

The porcelain goods here are truly lovely, available in an eye-popping array of colors. Designs range from delicate Chinese landscapes...

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