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!!