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Review of Yuyuan Bazaar

Yuyuan Bazaar
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Ranked #6 of 506 Shopping in Shanghai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

As an Expat living in Shanghai for the next few months, I want to get out and do some shopping. This is an excellent place to shop for souviners and gifts for friends and relitives. But do not be to egar to pay the price marked on the item you want, unless money is no object to you. After my trip here in Feb 2013, I was a bit fearful of being taken advantage of, as I was at the Jade Buddha Temple Gift Shop. This time, was different, I was not so "stary-eyed" and better prepared. The garden area opens at 8:30 am, there is a cost to see this garden (goning there Monday with my husband). The Bazaar shops are free, but do not open until 10 am. i had gone to this Bazaar in the afternoon back in Mar (my first visit to Shanghai), it was VERY crowded. This time I went just as the shops were opening, the crowd was much smaller and making my way thru the many shops was a breeze! I used the "willing to walk away" apporach and was able to purchase 6 pair of pearl earrings, a lovely 4 strand pearl necklace (watched as they strun the pearls, GREAT experience) 3 nice silk scarves, a set of wooden chop sticks, a few nice pieces of jade ( one lovely Rabbit key chain for myself), 3 "jade" laughing buddha's and a snack. All at great prices too! I had such a great experience I am planning another shopping trip next week! If you go: go early in the morning, know what you want to pay for an item, be willing to walk away if the price is to high (as there is another shop down the way who is selling the same item), stay away from the street "hawkers" (you can get better quaility and price at most shops), be selective of the shops as not all have quality items, do not allow yourself to be led into any shop you do not want to go, and most importantly do not be afraid to say no. The street hawkers may require several NO's, I had to get very firm with one fellow. Happy shopping my friends, hoping you have a WONDERFUL shopping experience at the Yuyuan Bazaar!!

Visited June 2013
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Clayton, California
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“Big & Bustling”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Although this large shopping complex can be extremely crowded, almost to the point that you wonder if you can move through the madding crowd, it adds a unique dimension to a visit to Shanghai. Even if you are not a buyer, there are a wide variety of boutique shops that are interesting to visit just to see the local handicrafts and sometimes demonstrations of how the items are made. If you are a potential buyer, make an offer for any item at about 1/3 of the stated price. If truly interested, be willing to come up a bit from there but never go above 50%. If you start to leave, the seller will usually meet your offer, but if not go elsewhere.

At the back of the complex is the 16th century Yu Yuan Garden. Created as a private garden, it has been opened to the public since 1961 and ranks as one of Shanghai's most popular attractions. It is both pretty and peaceful despite its many visitors. Well worth a visit if you enjoy beautiful garden settings. A fee is charged to enter.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Souvenir Bargains”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a great area for shopping for just about everything, souvenirs, clothing, food, snacks, etc. The majority of people in the shops are so friendly and happy, although you still have to bargain hard. I don't think the silk items are real, because they are too cheap, even though they start off at an expensive price. It does get very crowded in the streets and very crowded in the shops around the gardens, but it is a fantastic experience and a lovely part of Shanghai.
We did buy a lot of gifts there, before flying home.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Crazily busy”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Your usually market place with lots of people and different foods to try. I bought a cheap watch here. Remember to always bargain! This place is good for getting customised souvenirs for example, your name in calligraphy in Chinese or chops made with your name in Chinese. But lots of people!!

Visited March 2013
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“Gardens good, shopping less so”
Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

The Chinese gardens behind the bazaar are beautiful and a great haven from the bustling city. The setting and atmosphere of the bazaar itself is fun but it is generally expensive and crowded at weekends. Definitely worth a visit, but for shopping visit the Hongqiao pearl market or South Bund fabric market.

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