Shopping in Shanghai

By Emma, Australia, August 2011

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Shanghai takes shopping seriously. Retail areas are divided into “Four Streets” and “Four Cities” so you can be sure that you have covered all possibilities. 

Store-lined Nanjing Road includes East Nanjing and West Nanjing Road and is famous for being one of China’s best shopping streets. Here you’ll find a mix of the old and the new, from centuries old shops to gleaming shopping centres.

The well-heeled head for Huaihai Road, with its top-end stores and international and local designer brands. But its not all Gucci and Prada, there are a few quality bargains to be had if you know where to look - Parkson Shopping Center is rumoured to have the occasional bargain.

From the well-heeled to the down-to-earth, North Sichuan Road makes no secret of its desire to serve Shanghai’s working-class. You can find good quality and reasonably priced goods along its 3.7km stretch.

If you’re not already shopped out, the “Four Cities” of Yuyuan, Xujiahu, New Shanghai and Jiali Sleepless City await. 

Yuyuan Shopping City sells local art and crafts including antiques, jade and jewelry. A relatively new kid on the block, Xujiahui Shopping City boasts large stores with a mixture of high-end and reasonably priced items. New Shanghai Shopping City ups the ante and prides itself on offering shoppers the best facilities and amenities. And you can guess that you’ll be wandering around bug-eyed at the Jiali Sleepless City opposite Shanghai Railway Station.

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