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A Shoppers Guide to Shanghai

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If you’re an intern or student in Shanghai  and you’re in need of a new outfit or just want to check out the shopping opportunities in the city, then you’ve come to the right place. Shanghai is known for being a shopper’s paradise. There are so many places to go and something for every taste, and the shopping areas in Shanghai are just as nice to visit as the all the other amazing attractions. This article has gathered all the important facts about where to go shopping in this great city.

Shopping Streets:

Shopping in Shanghai

West Nanjing road.

Nanjing road is the most famous and flourishing commercial street in Shanghai and is a very popular place to go for both foreigners and Chinese people. It is easy to reach by public transportation. At West Nanjing Road you will find a number of large and modern shopping malls. Here you will be able to buy almost anything you can think of from, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewelleries, watches, glasses, food, home appliances and various souvenirs. It is known as a go to place to shop for luxuries and contains many world-famous brands. You can pay in cash or by credit card including Chinese cards issued by China UnionPay and some foreign cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Apart from the very wide amount of shopping opportunities at West Nanjing Road you can also find lots of very nice restaurants, cafes and hotels. You should go check it out!

Huaihai Road

Like Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road is also one of Shanghai’s busiest streets. This area is acknowledged as the most beautiful and romantic shopping street all over Shanghai. It is filled with modern buildings and fashionable branded merchandise. It is a pleasant shopping environment, with high-end restaurants and excellent hotels. This street often reminds people of Fifth Avenue in New York, Ginza Tokyo in Japan or Orchard Road in Singapore. As an intern in Shanghai, you will probably find it’s best to take public transportation to this one. Huahai Road is located in Luwan District and broadly stretches from East Hauihai Road to West Huaihai Road. If you like products of superb quality, you’ll be pleased to know you can find almost all designer goods here!

North Sichuan Road

North Sichuan Road is among the largest commercial streets in Shanghai, just like the ones above. Enjoy this ancient business street, with many time-honoured stores lining up the boulevard. Splurge at this place not only for clothes and accessories but for food items as well, and at the end enjoy the many theatres that dot the place. This is a place that you can thoroughly enjoy with your family, friends, colleagues or with fellow students. It attracts an ever-increasing number of customers because the products on sale are affordable but of very high quality. Its daily customer traffic can reach around 900,000.


Business in ShanghaiShanghai IFC Mall

The IFC mall is located in Shanghai Pudong Lujiazui international financial zone. The mall is connected directly to the metro line 2. This mall offers a wide range of jewellery, fashion clothes, cinema, watches, electronic goods and much more. Shanghai IFC mall is the world-class landmark building of prosperous Pudong. The designs inside the mall are inspired by dazzling diamonds. Shanghai IFC mall possesses a total area of more than 1.1 million square feet, housing more than 180 international top brand stores and world-renowned top restaurants. The mall contains brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Tiffany, Dunhill, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana etc. The mall owns the first domestic Palace cinema, having totally 800 seats, with ornate chairs and advanced audio-visual equipment, bringing you unparalleled audio and visual effects.


IAPM Shanghai

The IAPM mall is in the business district of South Shaanxi Road. It covers an area of over 120,000 square meters. The overall style of IAPM shopping mall is modern and fashionable. There are lots of high-end luxury brands here including Bulgari, Versace, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada and so many more. It’s also the home of the first Gucci Cafe namely 1921GUCCI, there are also two Starbucks, a UCC Coffee Shop, a TWG Tea Salon and several other boutique cafes. The mall is open from 10:00 until 22:00 in the evening. It has introduced a wealth of international retail, catering, and leisure entertainment brands, and cooperates with art performances and promotion activities to create a new landmark for fashion trends.

Global Harbor

Shanghai Global Harbor is a large-scale integrated shopping centre, supplemented by A-level office, exhibition, entertainment, catering, leisure, and fitness centres. As you are probably getting the picture, this is the largest shopping mall in Shanghai, some say even the biggest one in Asia. This mall has the largest rooftop garden. European architectural style is used throughout to create a unique destination experience that is growing in popularity with locals and visitors. Global Harbor has more than 400 brand stores including Apple Store, H&M, GAP, Sephora, Coach, Adidas, Under Armour, Guess, Muji, Uniqlo, Dior, Nike, Lego Kidsland, Watsons, Hollister, Pandora and so many more. There are more than 100 food and beverage options along with cinemas, theatres, ice rinks, gymnasiums, spas, foreign bookstores, children’s playgrounds, 30,000 square meters of cultural districts and rooftop garden. The mall is open from 10:00 in the morning until 22:00 in the evening. You have no reason not to make a visit to this beautiful mall.


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Shanghai A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market Gifts Market

The market is located underground at the Science and Technology Museum metro station. Selling items including inexpensive souvenirs, bags, men’s and women clothes through to jewellery at a bargain price. The market is a popular place for tourists to visit before heading to Pudong Airport and has a reputation for being a copy goods market or the fake market. You can buy almost everything at any price. Just be warned, it is not original, no matter what the vendors may tell you, it is fake. The cheaper the product is the more likely it is fake. Bargaining is a must in this market. Vendors may be honest with you but at the same time, they will like to get the highest price for their goods. Just like everywhere in China, it can get crowded, but it’s manageable as the isles are quite wide in comparison to other markets. Unlike other marketplaces in China, Yatai Xianyang is usually quite tidy. Remember to check out the quality before you pay!

South Bund Soft-Spinning Material Market (Fabric Market)

Many people will recommend this place to you as a must visit place in Shanghai. There you can choose between all kinds of fabrics and work together with the tailor to customise exactly what you want. Be aware that the production time of the clothes you have made here will often take some time, so it is a good idea to plan your visit ahead of when you need the clothes. Tailor made clothes may be very expensive in your home country but spending very little money here will be able to get you a perfect fit for much less.

Working in ChinaQipu Road Clothing Market

Located in the southeast of Zhabei District, Qipu Road is the largest wholesale apparel market of Shanghai, possessing a total length of 680 Meter including more than ten large-scale wholesale clothing market malls. Whether mentioned clothing wholesale or retail, it’s the most popular. Qipu Road is referred to as 7P Road, partly because its Chinese pronunciation is similar to cheap, partly because it’s really cheap shopping here, people who love it call it Cheap Road. Its shopping environment is not as elegant as other high-end shopping centres of Shanghai, but its price is astonishingly low, and clothes’ style is quite following the international trend. In this case, from morning to night, it’s full of people doing business. It’s completely different experience from the big shopping malls, more like an ocean of clothing. If you have a mind for fashion, you can blow a day here no problem.

If you can see yourself spending weekends of your internship shopping ‘til you drop in Shanghai, check out what Hutong School has to offer.

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