Dongtai Road, Antique Street

Dongtai Road, Antique Street, Shanghai: Address, Phone Number, Dongtai Road, Antique Street Reviews: 3.5/5

Dongtai Road, Antique Street

Dongtai Road, Antique Street
3.5
Flea & Street Markets
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3.5
21 reviews
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Paolo B
Milan, Italy9 contributions
...Does not exist anymore!
Jul 2016
Dongtai road and its market has been recently demolished... :-(
I visited it ten years ago and was a fascinating place, but landlords think something different. Probably, an anonymous mall will replace this small piece of the old Shanghai.
Written July 18, 2016
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Molly P
Shanghai, China26 contributions
Interesting place to look around
May 2015 • Couples
My husband and I had a little trouble finding the place but once we did, there was plenty to look at. Bring your bargaining skills if you plan on purchasing anything as the prices are high and be aware that there is very little real jade here. They will tell you it's real, check it for air bubbles! If I hadn't known to do that, I would have bought another expensive glass bracelet.
Written May 30, 2015
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ATW
Hong Kong, China377 contributions
Don't go expecting to find real "antiques", especially Chinese ones
Sep 2014 • Solo
Spent the afternoon of the moon festival slowly exploring the market from end to end. Started under the archway and the first thing I noticed lying on the ground was an old ship's chronometer, which the stall keeper correctly described to a customer that was browsing.

A couple of stalls down a "vintage" hand-wound "Shanghai, China" alarm clock with a faux blue enamel back caught my eye. The stall keeper's opening price was RMB200, and when I countered with RMB50, he practically shooed me away...

The next 2 hours were spent wandering around the rest of the market. I noticed that some of the more established shops (with air conditioning) were selling some pretty nice Western antiques/collectibles such as typewriters, telephones, clocks and phonographs, but the asking prices were comparable if not more than what you would expect from Portobello Market.

I can't say much about the Chinese "antiques" on sale, since I don't know enough about the subject to comment, although most looked like replicas to me (similar to what I had seen at the Cat Street "antique" market in Hong Kong), especially a group of old Chinese terracota style statues with their heads cut off but already packed and ready to ship!

Ended the afternoon back at the same stall with the clock and ended up getting it for RMB120, after a few rounds of bargaining with the stall keeper. He pretended to reluctantly accept my final offer, but I think he was secretly pleased at getting 60% of his opening price.
Written September 9, 2014
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gpd34
Newark-on-Trent, UK61 contributions
Mao
Dec 2013 • Solo
if you want Mao/cultural revolution paraphanalia....this is the place to go - a couple of the stalls will take you into the buildings behind and show a veritable treasure trove of items - who knows if they are authentic or fake - if you like what you find then it doesn't matter
Written January 6, 2014
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Hoben01
Long Beach, CA2,998 contributions
browse cheap souvenirs and antiques
Oct 2013 • Solo
If you are looking for that mao cap to scream you are a "TOURIST" here is the place to come in shanghai. All kinds of cheap souvenirs here.But actually there are some neat items from days gone by like rotary telephones, old clocks and phonographs
Written November 3, 2013
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S E O
Singapore99 contributions
Look hard enough and you could find a gem or two
Mar 2013 • Couples
Stalls sell knockoffs, mostly. But if you know what you want, and drive a hard bargain, you'll be walking away with a gem or two.

Bought a few "antique" shanghai watches, pouches and knick-knacks. We were fortunate to be at the shops around 10 am when stalls were just opening. Most shop keepers were willing to accept a good price for the first business of the day :)
Written March 27, 2013
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bill s
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
Very interesting market - not sure if I'd buy anything though..
Jan 2013 • Family
Mainly geared up for tourists, this market sells a combination of souvenirs, bric-a-brac, junk, antiques (freshly made and older). It was only 5 mins walk from the subway station and across the road from the amazing (and must see) Bird, Pet and Cricket market. We did both in about 1 hour and are so glad we did. Make sure you bargain hard though as no-one pays the asking price here.
Written February 1, 2013
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