The Stuff Compared to Qipu, there’s less fake stuff which means more unique pieces. One floor down you'll find a wedding market full of glittery princess dresses, too. Check out the top floors Essentially every floor has the same stuff, yes, but far fewer customers have the time and energy to make their way to the top floors. If a jersey starts at RMB300, start the counter-proposal at RMB30, be prepared for the onslaught of eye-rolling and the looks of exasperation, then slowly edge up.
Dating blowing off
If powder scratches off, then you know the pearl's real -- if nothing scratches off, you know it's fake. Pearl bracelets and earrings in white, pastel pink and black start from RMB40, while necklaces average RMB100. If you go on a weekday, you’re less likely to be trampled by a stampede of foreigners. The building is four floors with hundreds of stalls.
Silk and cashmere scarves start around RMB75 and vary depending on the material, quality and dimensions. Each floor has a "specialty," but every floor is in reality the same.
Pro-tip: The pearls you find here should be real fresh water pearls, but for your reference, whenever you shop for pearls, check for fakes by scratching the pearl's surface with scissors.
Most vendors will provide scissors in order to prove their pearls' authenticity.
A decent copy of a pink Fjällräven backpack goes for RMB150 and a metalllic replica of Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao toiletry bag goes for RMB60. Pro-tip: Check the small corridors on the periphery, parallel to the train tracks. Where: 9 Renmin Dadao, inside People’s Square Subway Station Underground 人民大道9号，人民广场地铁站里 This market is closed as of 2017. The only real way to find what you’re looking for is to search for it.
Custom-made reading glasses start from RMB240 and prescriptions sunglasses start from RMB320. Where: 3721 Hongmei Lu (near Yan'an Lu) 虹梅路3721号 (近延安路) Hong Kong Famous Shops Street is located beneath People's Square, so you can start shopping once you pass throught the exit turnstiles. Han City is a mind-blowing maze of knock-off merchandise. Stalls specialize in art, shirts, electronics (headphones, speakers, software), jerseys, scarfs and sweaters, shoes, bags, kitschy Chinese propaganda stuff, jeans, etc.
Top up a little and you can leave with Marshall headphones for RMB380.
Where: 2000 Shijie Da Dao, Inside Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Line 2 地铁2号线上海科技馆站内, 世纪大道2000号 The Hongqiao New World Pearl market is far from the city center but well worth making a journey for their pearls.
So without any further ado, here is our updated guide to fake markets in Shanghai.
( If you're hunting for Chinese street fashion but can only spend a few hours; the Qipu Lu Market is your place.
First and third floors have a few random shops for bags, sunglasses and cashmere scarves, all priced similarly to AP Plaza.