Shanghai China’s Xiang Yang market is one of the most popular tourist shopping stops in Shanghai. The Xiang Yang market offers both tourists and locals the opportunity to shop for many types of famous brand knock-off products at bargain prices. It helps to understand the customs and practices of shopping in Shanghai Xiang Yang and most of the rest of China.

It is located in the central shopping district of Shanghai making it easy to find. It is on HuaHai Central Road, one of two main shopping streets in Shanghai, near the intersection with ShanXi South Road. It can be easily reached by taxi, or from Shanghai subway line 1, getting off at the Shan Xi Nan Lu stop.

Upon entering the market, visitors will be approached by hawkers offering watches, DVDs, purses, etc. Pass them by and continue to the main part of the Xiang Yang market where there are hundreds of small booths offering products of all varieties. Included are shirts, ties, watches, sunglasses, golf clubs, jackets, coats, backpacks, ladies handbags and a wide assortment of other items.

Clothing vendors usually tell you they are overruns from China factories if asked. In most instances this is not true and the products are copies of the real thing. If you don’t care and realize what you are buying, there are good bargains to be found.

In Chinese price bargaining, if you offer a price and it is accepted, it is considered extremely poor form to then change your mind. This is because you must either decline the purchase, or start bargaining again. A deal is a deal. The Shanghai Xiang Yang market is very crowded and the only danger is that of occasional pickpockets. Secure your valuables as you would in any other crowded urban environment.

Xiang Yang market shopping is one of the “must dos” for visitors to Shanghai and is an excellent way to spend a half day before returning home.