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Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market, Shanghai

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Select a classy souvenir from a huge selection of freshwater and saltwater pearls at Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market, an international pearl trading center set in a three-story indoor shopping mall. Located on the second floor, the shop offers everything from low cost accessories to high-end jewelry. You can get a small discount if you bargain over the price, but keep in mind that freshwater pearls are highly valued in China. Although most of the products come readymade, you can also select your own designs. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market by using our Shanghai trip itinerary builder.
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  • There are too few shops and therefore require higher prices than on other Fakemärkten. Is also somewhat. Natural or fake must decide every man for himself. I personally quite clearly tend to fakes. Act like everywhere. Perceived outrageous low price call and go. Wait what happens. You get a feeling of what's priced possible quickly. The next dealer is just a few meters further. Jewelry beads floor has plenty of choice. You can buy other better somewhere else.
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  • The actual shops won't bargain all that much, maybe 10-20 percent, but the vendor stalls go lower, and then you have the shops on the other floors. We bought a large duffle bag on wheels for 100 RMB, ...  more »
  • I visited the Pearl Market for the first time in May 2016 after reading a trip adviser review. I returned in early March 2017 to fulfill requests from friends and family based on my previous purchases...  more »
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  • The Hongqiao New World Pearl market is furthest from the city center, the least crowded and least chaotic. The first floor features standard knock-off-ery: handbags, wallets, souvenirs, shoes. As you move up, there is an extensive jewelry market with pearls in every variation, size and color. The Stuff Hongqiao New World Pearl market includes a tapestry shop, with tons of carpets, cushions and home décor items that we haven’t seen at any of the other locations. There's also sports equipment, including tennis and badminton rackets, and balls. Many stalls are lined with fabrics in all colors and textures. There are great places to design a dress or get a custom fitted suit! Tailored clothing: Fake markets are fun, but for high-quality, lasting apparel, you're better off finding a tailor for a custom-made piece. Hongqiao New World Pearl market is certainly not the only place to get clothes tailored to your specifications. Shanghai (and for that matter, China) is full of talented and afforadable tailors. Best Buys Pearls are the best purchase at this market. The second and third floors (now under renovation) house boutiques that sell pre-made pieces. You can also design your own jewelry from a wide selection of pearls and jade. There is a massive toy store, Wish Toy, equipped with every sticker, Lego and stuffed animal you could think of. Pro-tip: The pearls you find here should be real, 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. If powder scratches off, then you know the pearl's real -- if nothing scratches off, you know it's plastic. What can I get for RMB200? Silk and cashmere scarves begin at RMB75-150 and vary depending on the material, quality and dimensions. Grab a 22x14cm photo of Shanghai’s skyline or native people to adorn your walls for RMB50, though you can haggle and get three for RMB100. Luggage is also a great buy, with prices starting at RMB100 for carry-ons.