XIANGYANG MARKET (PUDONG)
Want to know the must-visit shopping places in Shanghai? Want to buy the world's most famous clothing, shoes, and watch brands, but don't want to pay as high as it is labeled in department stores?Xiang Yang Rd. Market is the right place for you.....
Many people ask me about the new location of Xiangyang Market.
There are many versions to this answer since every emerging market is trying hard to claim themselves as the NEW Xiangyang Market. Non of the claim can be verified since as a market famous for fake goods, there is no official answer.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
It seems to ME that the one under the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is the most similar one I saw so far.
There are some characteristic of Xiangyang Market:
1. Tons of small shops for cloth.
2. High price in offer, low price in final deal.
3. Fake goods - good with pretty good quality, but use the brand name they don't own.
The new market is true in these three criteria.
Especially on the second one:
High Price in Offer, Low Price in Final Deal
Remember a rule: Never, ever pay more than 1/3 of the price they offer for the first time.
Example, for a jacket, if you are the price, they said: "300 RMB", you typically can get it at 100 RMB or so.
For foreigners, their first offer is typically higher.
World Famous Brands
They have North Face, Diesel, Nike, Rolex, Gucci, Prata, etc. Since China has been the manufacture base of world famous brand cloths, the cost of the famous cloths are actaully very low compared to their market price. I believe they are so cheap becaues some of the cloths are knock-offs or factory seconds. Others are just the original goods but got to the market via unknown channel. I guess they should not be allowed to be put on market with the Nike's brand but with the out-of-factory price.
Anyway, you can get the finest quality with surprising price there. The sweater should be around 100 RMB (12 USD) and a pair of good shoes should be 100-150 RMB (12 - 20 USD). The North Face cloths should be 100-200 RMB.
Beside the cheap genuine goods (either seconds or knock-offs), they also have fake goods - goods that are labeled as the famous brands but actually not.
One typical example is the fake Rolex watch. Guess how much is a Rolex diamond watch that is 18,000 RMB (2100 USD) in Xiang Yang Market? It sells at 100 RMB (12 USD) only. Of cause they are not real Rolex watch, but it is so similar with the genuine watches. At least the watches are very well made with finest handcraft skills. Fake goods are not displayed in the shops, but almost all stores selling watch will show you their secret box if you ask for them.
Never follow those who attempt to sell you goods outside the market. Typically, they charges extremely high.
Location of Xiang Yang Market
It is between the Xiang Yang Rd. and the Shan Xi North Rd. The easiest way to get there is by Metro. Turn to the right (where most people will go) at the Parkson Departmenet Store exit at Shan Xi South Rd. Station.
Take Metro #2
and it is at the " Shanghai Science and Technology Museum"(STATION)
The market at the under ground Basement ( B1 )
Do NOT exit the station.