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Yuyuan Bazaar

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Address: No.269 Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200010, China
Phone Number: 021-63559999
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Yuyuan is a bustling marketplace set in an old Chinese neighborhood with...
Yuyuan is a bustling marketplace set in an old Chinese neighborhood with traditional architecture and shops selling everything from dumplings to kitsch. A great place for people-watching and picking up Chinese souvenirs, and close to the nearby Yuyuan Gardens.
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This destination is a magnet to all tourists with its beautiful Chinese architecture and design coupled with hundreds of shops that sell almost everything that might interest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This destination is a magnet to all tourists with its beautiful Chinese architecture and design coupled with hundreds of shops that sell almost everything that might interest tourists. As usual, price bargaining is compulsory if you hate to be ripped off. There are many F&B outlets, the most famous being the Nanxiang Steamed Bun restaurant that has a perpetual long... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Exactly what I wanted. Old style buildings with any and everything you could want. If you cannot find it here than you did not need it. You can haggle on almost everything. If you want the real silk there is a underground shop there, everything real silk and gorgeous scarves and ties. I want to go back to china just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It feels like 'China-town in China' - quite aptly put by our local guide in Shanghai. It's crowded, full of shops of all kind, and its great for people watching and being watched. Plenty to photograph the old style new buildings, with the Shanghai Center in new Pudong visible over the roof-tops. All kinds of tourists and others abound -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Lots of shops and restaurants and masses of people. Many, many people. But it is part of the area and just beside the Yu Garden which is a don't miss sight. Find a quiet corner and people watch. Went into an interesting art gallery of local artists here though I don't know the name.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Probably not your best choice if you can't stand crowds. It's surely one of the busiest places to hang out in Shanghai — masses of tourists, both Chinese and western, packed into a maze of narrow streets and alleys — but it's fun. Really. The bazaar is located in the heart of Shanghai's old city. The architecture is traditional, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Wow we came here in school holidays and it was crowded, many many shops of all sorts to choose from, many eating places, a must visit area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

So many people! Jade Garden is nearby.Lots of shops but very touristy and overpriced. I was lucky to be there when they had outside food concessions so was able to sample local street food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We are glad that there are many street securities around making this crowding place safer to shop around A lot of food selections and souvenirs I love to visit the hundreds years historical garden located inside, worth the time of my visit looking at the fine handcrafts done to this beautiful garden Come around late afternoon so you will be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Crowded, noisy, fun; every time at the Bazaar I spent at least 2 hours looking for gigts, discounts, opportunities, souvenirs. Been in Shanghai three times, all of them enjoyed walking on the alleys and I must say: it is safe, even if they drag you through narrow corridors to show the merchandise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Fun place to shop for tea, jewelry, scarves and other souvenirs. Great location and easy access to the subway. Remember if someone is bothering you and you don't want to buy anything, say "Boo Yow (phoenetic spelling) which kind of translates to 'I don't want'.

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Shanghai’s original walls live on in the curve of the streets that serve as the border to the old city. An aerial view shows a clear circular outline and parts of the original wall are preserved as monuments to the ancient past. The main tourist attraction of Yuyuan (which means Yu garden, though it is often redundantly referred to as Yuyuan Garden) draws hordes of tourists every day, but wandering the streets around the complex reveals more exciting attractions such as food and antique markets. There are also streets lined with shops peddling everyday wares such as Chinese dining ware and craft notions that can be even more enticing to visitors uninterested in the usual tourist fare.