Shanghai Attractions: Shanghai Shopping
Shanghai has long been China's premier shopping city. The initial demand for expensive, luxury goods previously came from Shanghai's rich, foreign communities in the colonial period.
Nowadays, the desire for the latest consumer goods and fashions is driven by the city's new-found wealth and burgeoning middle-classes.
Nanjing Lu (Nathan Road) is Shanghai's most famous shopping street. Around 10km in length - the street is divided into two sections: Nanjing Dong (East) Lu runs from the Bund to People's Park and then becomes Nanjing Xi (West) Lu.
The historic, state-owned Shanghai No. 1 Department Store (previously the Sun Department Store) is at 830 Nanjing Dong Lu; the Friendship Store on East Jinling Road is another Shanghai shopping institution and a good place to buy souveniers.
More recent competitors include Brilliance Shimao International Plaza and among the new malls on Nanjing Xi Lu are the Japanese Isetan Department Store in Westgate Mall, Plaza 66 and CITIC Square.
Nathan Road, Shanghai's most celebrated shopping street
Another well-known shopping street famous for its upscale fashion houses is Huaihai Lu in the French Concession area. Pudong has more large malls including the massive Superbrand Mall near Liujiazui subway station.
Shanghai is not all upscale malls, however. The city is known for its thriving markets. For antiques - Mao memorabilia, ethnic goods and just about everything else - try Fuyou Antique Market on Fuyou Lu and Dongtai Road Antique Market on Nanjing Xi Lu. Bargaining is de rigeur as many stalls carry similar merchandise. Taikang Antiques Market on Sinan Lu is good for ceramics, crafts, leatherwork and furniture.
Qipu Road Clothing Market is Shanghai's largest clothing market with low prices on children's clothes and trendy (often fake) labels. Walk north from Henan Zong Lu subway station. The underground Pu'an Lu Children's Market, a walk from Huangpi Nan Lu station, has everything for the kids: clothes, toys, shoes and accessories.
For book lovers, there are English-language books at Charterhouse in the basement of Times Square at 93 Hauihai Zhong Lu, The Foreign Languages Bookstore on Fouzhou Lu and the Wenmiao Chinese book market at the Confucian Temple on Sundays on Wenmiao Lu, off Huaihai Lu in the French Concession district.
Fuyuan Market in the Yu Garden area specializes in Chinese medicines on the first floor amidst other stalls selling souvenir trinkets.
Near the City God Temple on the corner of Fangbang Lu has a basement antiques market if you need an original Mao-era Little Red Book.
For fabrics, visit the South Bund Soft-Spinning Material Market for an incredible array of braids, brocades, embroidery, silks and tailor-made suits at 399 Lujiabang Lu.
For electronics and computer goods, Cybermart, Metro City and Pacific Digital Plaza (the latter two giant stores are near Xujiahui subway station).