The most popular fake market in Shanghai closed its doors in July of 2016. For now, the best place to go for faux-branded handbags, watches, shoes, clothes, sports jerseys, etc., is the underground mall at the Science & Technology Museum subway stop (Shanghai Metro Line 2, stop: 科技馆 | Science and Technology Museum).
What Was This "Fake Market"?
Before they closed doors, the market was famous for its array of Chinese souvenirs, fake-branded handbags, watches sports clothes and electronics as well as toys and gifts.
What You Should Know About Fake Markets and Fake Products
- Nothing you see here is real. The folks selling these products will tell you that they are "real" or "A Quality." They're not real, no matter how much you want to believe it. Be careful, especially when buying electronics that you intend to use with your authentic items at home. It's possible that buying something like an iPhone charger for pennies at one of these markets can end up killing your phone.
- You get what you pay for so don't pay too much. Remember to bargain hard. The prices at this market, particularly, start very high (somewhere around 5-6 times what they'll come down to). Decide ahead of time what your maximum price is and stick to it. Almost everything is available in several different stalls within the market so keep looking. Read this How to Bargain article to help you in your purchasing.
- Rumors of fines for fakes at home airports. You always hear rumors about folks getting big fines at home when customs opens up their suitcases to find them full of pirated DVDs, fake Gucci bags and shiny cheap Rolex watches. Keep this in mind and shop in moderation.
Why Was the Market Closed?
Even shop owners weren't very clear on what was happening, but since the beginning of 2016, the Shanghai government is making a lot of urban changes that are creating an overall gentrified city. Illegal shopfronts that had popped up in residential areas are being shut down, street-food vendors are being moved and the downtown area is certainly being cleaned up.