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“Shopping for bargains in Pudong, Shanghai”
Review of Xiangyang Market - CLOSED

Xiangyang Market
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Shanghai, China
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Shopping for bargains in Pudong, Shanghai”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Also known as Shanghai Keji Guan (meaning Shanghai Science and Technology Museum) due to its proxy to both the museum and the subway station with the same name. Within seconds of arriving there: "Mister, mister! You want pen - Mont Blanc, watch, socks? What you want? What you looking for?" Don't try to make sense of what pens and watches have in common with socks, other than they all fit in the pouches that the sellers are carrying outside the market. Consider skipping the outside vendors and head directly to the market itself. This market has (almost literally) everything you might be looking for: luggage, wallets, purses, watches, laser pointers, some electronics, silk(-ish) scrolls, silk and cashmere scarfs, souvenir chopsticks, glasses, pearl jewelry, tailored clothing (also T-shirts, sports jerseys, coats, etc), and tea and tea-sets, and so much more. There are reasons however that it's also called the "Fake Market". But if you ask the people working there: "The material is real, it's that they are not the real brand, they are imitations." To a degree this is true. But realizing also that the quality of the goods (even if real goods) are the lesser quality materials (but sometimes also completely fake). But do you honestly expect differently at negotiated prices? Don't really expect that paying at a discount will get you something which lasts forever - it's cheap, consider the saying: "you get what you pay for." Also don't be fooled by "this is the best material, look!" - Anything you're interested in somehow becomes the best thing they have in the shop. In addition, you'll hear the different types of prices: "friend price", "best price", "best friend price", "lowest price", "final price", and amazingly enough, "final final price". Use these words to your own advantage. Lastly, although some people struggle with the thought of bargaining, here are some simple tips: 1) Don't settle for more than you are willing to pay; sounds simple, right? 2) Walk away if the price doesn't get low enough; the shop around the corner has the exact same stuff, try there. If the first shop owner chases after you still trying to negotiate, it's up to you to consider or ignore their new offers. 3) If you bought it and are happy with the price, don't ever second-guess yourself; after all, you said you were happy with the price! In the end, have fun... you don't NEED anything and don't HAVE to buy if you don't want to. On a side note, my wife and I are temporarily living in Shanghai and frequently shop there for tea, gifts and tailored clothing.

Visited October 2012
22 Thank Phil J
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Penticton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“For those who love to shop, shop, shop”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Everyone here speaks the language of commerce. Great buys. If you love to bargain then this is the place for you. Can't get the price you want, just walk a little further and someone else will be selling the same thing. Is it any wonder that luggage is a big seller here!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Judith1122
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
“Fake market - fun if you like haggling”
Reviewed November 12, 2011

This extensive market is immediately above the Museum of Science and Technology metro station. Depending on what you like this could be your vision of hell - hundreds of shops selling fake bags and clothes and shop owners eager to grab you. I always go here when I am in Shanghai because its kind of fun and the fakes are really impressive as long as you are careful about what you buy- but you do have to enjoy haggling. I reckon that 30% to 40% of the starting price is where you need to get to but it will depend on what you are buying and of course the starting price will depend on the shopkeepers view of you! Cath Kidson, Burberry, Louis Vuiton, Prada, A & F, Fred Perry and many others can be found here. The shopkeepers do not try to convince you they are genuine - they are quite open about them being fakes.

Visited October 2011
11 Thank Kingmaker
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