Yuyuan Bazar, Shanghai

Yuyuan Bazar, Shanghai (must see)

Located in front of the Yuyuan Gardens, the Yuyuan Bazar, also known as the Old Town Bazaar has shops selling an array of Chinese handicrafts and textiles. At this market, visitors will be dazzled at the array of products that can be purchased at a bargain.

The location of the Yuyuan Bazar was once a residential area near the Yuyuan Gardens. Later it became a place of trade for traditional arts and crafts and remains so till today. The Bazar covers an area of over 50 hectares with 3000 shops and nearly 10,000 vendors selling second-hand goods in addition to antiques and handicrafts. Nearly 60,000 tourists visit the market every day to haggle over a price and buy traditional Chinese food, shoes, jewelry, textiles, jade, wooden chopsticks, watches, clocks and caps.

The Yuyuan Bazar is particularly attractive during spring when the city celebrates the lantern festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, during which the market and the Old Town are decorated with lamps and lanterns. Traditional music is played adding to the festive atmosphere. This is also the busiest time of year at the market when the prices charged by the traders are higher than usual.

Why You Should Visit:
No matter how commercialized, the architecture, the lake, and of course the nearby Yuyuan Garden is still a pretty sight to behold. Only in China!

Tip:
If you're looking for a fascinating insight into where the locals go for their household items, there's a building behind the Bazar called Fuyou Street Merchandise Mart. Think WalMart, but in a fraction of the space WalMart actually operates in. Unbelievable...

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-10pm

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Yuyuan Bazar on Map

Sight Name: Yuyuan Bazar
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai  

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