There is an abundance of bazaars in the Old City of Shanghai China. This is an example of one of them, Fuyou Street, where all kinds of things can be found, from an alarm clock to shirts, toys, beads, sunglasses and traditional Chinese ornaments. Prices are usually very low, but it is essential that you haggle almost one third of the price they tell you to begin with.
Next Shop is one of my favorite stores in Shanghai. It is a cube-shaped glass property on Wujiang Street that sells all kinds of strange items, everything you could want for the geek in your life! From remote-controlled robots to wii accessories to ant farms. The store is always crowded, the prices aren't bad, and it's well worth a visit!
This curious specialty puzzle shop is in the commercial centre In Point on Wujiang Street, in the centre of Shanghai (Nanjing West subway). Most of the puzzles are imported from Europe, so many people are dedicated to issues of culture of the Old World: Paintings by Van Gogh, European maps, paintings by Picasso in addition to puzzles such as dimensional cube-shaped formations of Shanghai buildings, like the one on display Jin Mao Tower, currently the sixth tallest skyscraper in the world.
In this curious shop in the Chinese village of Wuzhen, located about two hours from the city of Shanghai, you can buy homemade noodles made right in front of you. You will see for yourself the typical artisinal traditions of the Chinese. In addition they also sell other craft products like dumplings filled with meat and vegetables or pork buns typical of Chinese cuisine.
The street Jiangnan Dadao Bei (which in Chinese is 江南 大道 北) is a strange street as it is famous for being a street where most stores (if not all) sell bridal gowns. Although many Chinese people get married in western clothes Chinese tradition says that the bride should wear red on her wedding day because it is the color of luck, therefore you will find many shops with traditional costumes and outfit hybrids that mix western patterns with red Chinese tradition.
In the Shanghai People's Square, situated right in the heart of the city, there is a Nike store that is really worth taking a look. It is unlike any sports store you will have visited, it is quite spectacular. It is in a room full of windows where sports shoes are hung, and in the background some of the most elegant skyscrapers of the city. Also, if you are a Spanish football fan you're in luck: they have the full kits of the Spanish teams playing in the Champions League sponsored by Nike, such as Barcelona and Valencia. They also have other shirts and sweatshirts of the Blaugrana team. On one side of the store there is a table with various iMac computers from where you can design your ideal sportswear with your measurements, colours, shape etc. and you can track the changes as you change all the variables.
It is said that Hangzhou is the oldest and largest Chinese pharmacy. It is a traditional building, with two floors and a courtyard that serves as a skylight to the great hall, where you can buy and also take medicines that have been freshly prepared on-site. The building also has an interesting museum of pharmacy around the patio, where there are many herbs growing that are used as ingredients for the medicines. Even better, you can taste the famous green tea for free.
On the streets of the ancient Chinese city of Shanghai, there are numerous souvenir stalls where tourists can pick up traditional ornaments, t-shirts, key rings, postcards, miniature Buddhas, replicas of the city's most famous skyscrapers, and more. Kites are one of the most popular products on sale here, as the Chinese are crazy about them.
The small town of Wuzhen China (East Zhejiang province) is famous among tourists for its network of Venice style canals and its history linked to the silk trade and local fabric printed with the characteristic blue pattern of the region. One of the major tourist spots of the city is a typical fabric store, which sells handbags, ornaments, shirts or pajamas with this well-known blue print. I recommend that you visit.
In Gujie Qinghefang pedestrian street, not far from West Lake Chinese city of Hangzhou, is this magnificent shop selling Chinese medicinal plants. It is one of the most famous shops in this city of over 6 million inhabitants, provincial capital of Zhejiang. Roots used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia, medicinal plants and drug mixtures are some products you can find here.
In this shop in Nanluoguxiang street, in the central Pekinese area of Dongcheng, you can find any type of lights created from recycled materials, like pipes, cables or Western cutlery such as forks or spoons. No two lamps are the same, they are all exclusive, like the rest of the trimmings. Prices: From 4 euros to 50 for larger lamps.
Opposite the hall of Lingyin Temple, one of the major tourist attractions of Hangzhou, there are shops where you can buy the famous incense used in Buddhist temples, as well as city souvenirs, postcards, refreshments and even the occasional "antique", or so say the vendors! If you forget the incense shop do not worry, there are some shops inside where you can find very long sticks in all colors.
On the Qinghefang Gujie of Hangzhou street, the capital of east China's Zhejiang province, you will find a curious shop of personalised busts. They are by a Chinese sculptor who was dedicated to making small busts at the time, usually in about fifteen minutes. It is quite a sight to see how he models the clay and there is usually a whirlwind of people watching while he is working. Clients pose for him in the street. Prices vary depending on the material and size of the bust.
Hangzhou is a paradise for those people who are very fond of green tea so if you like it and you make it to China you simply have to stop here! Zhejiang Province, of which Hangzhou is the capital city, is famous throughout China for its crops of green tea and the quality of the leaves, especially in the Longjing region. It is said that each Chinese province cultivates a different species and green tea the best one. Some of the best tea shops are in Gujie Qinghefang, a pedestrian street, not far from West Lake. The price depends on the quality of the leaves. You can buy by weight or by the jar.
In the tourist street Qinghefang Gujie of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province of China, there are numerous souvenir shops and items that are typical of the city. One of the best and biggest souvenir shops is the cheap "made in China" which is this endless bazaar located at number 224 of this street. There are Items discounted such as lamps, dresses, sarongs, keychains and even paintings and replicas of Buddha for decoration. I recommend coming here and looking around.