Yuyuan Old Street

Yuyuan Old Street, Shanghai: Address, Yuyuan Old Street Reviews: 4/5

Yuyuan Old Street
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Flea & Street Markets
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Memorable, the best old street in Shanghai!
Aug 2019
Yuyuan old street has successfully preserved its architecture in distinctly Chinese style while constantly pulled in endless streams of tourists to visit. Its vast space and countless number of stores prove irresistible for souvenirs-hunting shopaholics, given its wide variety of fanciful memento to possibly acquire. This is also one of the most vibrant old streets where shopping mingles with eating, thereby creating the perfect experience to unwind. Bargaining skills are highly sought after if one desires to purchase gifts at the most reasonable price. It is not uncommon for most shop keepers to sell at extravagant rate, but only to reduce it to more than 50%. Non-Chinese speaking visitors might be at a disadvantage as most sellers are Chinese and probably have little to no command of English language. My personal experience at a liuli shop where I bought two liuli glass mini Buddha (pink and blue) confirmed that without haggle, I would be literally “cheated”. They finally offered me discount of up to 80%, to my disbelief. I was clearly elated with both the deserved price and the desired possession. This probably revealed how desperate shop keepers are to quickly sell off their products when there is a customer who truly wants it. As a vegetarian, I was relief that Yuyuan has a mouth-watering and famous restaurant called Songyue Lou that dedicates to only Chinese vegetarian cuisine. This saves us from hunger in the midst of our shopping mission. All in all, it is highly recommended to visit Yuyuan old street even with a hectic travel schedule as it could prove a big miss if one skips it entirely. Half a day might be too rush to cover every corner of the street, and beware that it is easy to get lost in these intertwined walkways. The easiest way to travel here is to alight at Yuyuan Garden train station and to walk for around 10-15 minutes to reach the main street.

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Neighborhood: Xiaodongmen
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  • Yuyuan Garden • 8 min walk
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia5,435 contributions
Like other market areas a mix of fake and cheap stuff with some mainly inside more upmarket shopping e.g. shop No.19 is great for pearls and jewellery.
Take the Metro as the station is 100m from the area. 3 Yuan from Nanjing Road or anywhere really and much more expensive by taxi. Metro like the London Tube, English ticket machines that take coins in the most part.
We found the markets bustling places but a lot of similar items. There is a Starbuck and limited toilets.
The Markets on the railway at Science Museum Line 2 were better. The best are still in Shenzhen railway station a 45 min train trip from Hong Kong.
Written January 15, 2020
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,277 contributions
Good people watching in an old-style shopping area. The architecture is distinctly Chinese, but almost theme park-ish. I'm not sure about the quality of the goods, but there is a large variety. Plenty of people in the area to offer you replica items such as watches and handbags.
Written March 31, 2020
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asthecrowsfly2
Melbourne, Australia189 contributions
We visited here in August 2019 on a tour. Although we were only here for a couple of hours, it was no where near enough time to get through all the shops and food stalls and sights. August is a very busy time and there were many many people everywhere. The architecture was wonderful, and so much to see. Definitely worth the visit. Leave yourself enough time.
Written June 13, 2020
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AnaFerreira2015
Sao Domingos de Rana, Portugal101 contributions
Unforgettable experience, the atmosphere is phenomenal, lots of shops and restaurants, the hard part is not stopping at all. Since the route is outside, it is advisable to go when it is not raining. But if it happens, there are plenty of places to take shelter, to taste unique delicacies for example.
Written February 12, 2020
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Traveller_Oldie
East London, South Africa255 contributions
Family
If you don’t like crowds - DO NOT VISIT, but it is a wonderful mix of all types with a great vibe. Well worth visiting, but find a spot to sit amd watch the crowds hussle through. Many interesting little shops, but quite touristy. A stop at the famous Dumpling shop is a must.
Written January 26, 2020
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Jo-Ann
Washington15,584 contributions
Couples
Lovely visit but crazy crowded so have patience! Good food here. Plenty to shop. Everywhere is beautiful.
Written October 22, 2019
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Vigswam
Singapore, Singapore1,046 contributions
Family
Kids woke up late - tired from the whole day at Disneyland the day prior. Got freshly steamed Xiaolong Bao (steamed dumplings) from the market next to our residence for breakfast and decided to walk a general direction towars Yu Yuan gardens. Quite easy to navigate and we got here in about 20mins. Pretty much a touristy shopping area selling traditional stuff. Quite a few snacks and eats to try in this area and quite a few souvenior stuffs. Coming from asia myself, their a many cheaper places to buy the stuff. But, a nice place to just walk and shoot photos.
Written December 7, 2018
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DisKoverZ
Brussels, Belgium23 contributions
Friends
Old Street District in Shanghai is very beautiful, rather than the Shanghai you've seen so far, this is a bit of true China. There is a museum which was one of the first builded temples in Shanghai.

There are a lot of shops where you can get your Haggling XP up. A couple of tips here, don't buy SD-cards, the seem so so so SO real but they are not. I bought one and broke after two times using it.

Then another VERY IMPORTANT TIP, there is a metro station close to Old Street called Yuyuan Garden. This is an important meeting point of tourists who are coming from Old Street. There is a Chinese guy and a little Chinese Girl whom speak very good english. They will ask you to take them a picture and there it all starts. They will ask were you come from, say an easy phrase in your home language and start a whole conversation with you. They will tell you that there is a CHINESE TEA FESTIVAL not so far from here. Every time they will tell a different story about them, one time they are teachers, one time they are a couple, one time there are brothers.

Don't take it, they will bring you to three roads further and let you enter in a room where teas are served at VERY HIGH PRICES !! I still remember you had to take 6 teas of each 58 RMB, so in total 360 RMB per person, which is an awful lot of money for them. I hope this is useful to you guys because I've had this situation and they really play it very well, specially cause they speak English so well, until you get in this room, which everyone expects a tea festival to be something big OUTSIDE. Ah and they will also ask you 6 times if you can speak Chinese just to be sure that they can speak with each other without you understanding.

But apart of this, Shanghai's very nice and you have to enjoy every bit of it !! ^^
Written April 22, 2012
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habib
Tehran, Iran308 contributions
Family
Many many markets , poor goods and so expensive
Just rest , looking and take selfie ,,,,,,
If you want buy any gifts ask for 60/70% discount
No any place roost ,
Written March 15, 2019
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Zxiao
Shanghai, China111 contributions
Family
Yuyuan street is so many things to see, and old buildings and many shops to see this place is crowded but i guess for curiosity but for me nothing special..
Written July 16, 2017
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