The Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market, otherwise known as APAC Plaza, is an underground maze of stalls selling knockoff designer goods. It is connected to a Shanghai metro station next to the Science and Technology Museum.
Visitors to the market can buy just about anything when it comes to Chinese goods, including watches, bags, jewelry, shirts, souvenirs—almost anything you can imagine. Just be warned, the products are fake, no matter what the seller may claim. But, with that understanding in mind, Yatai Xinyang can be a fun excursion for browsing and bargaining.
How to Bargain
Vendors here are reasonably honest, but they're trying to make as much money as they can. They're also used to tourists ready to use up their cash before heading to the airport, so prices are wildly marked up to start. Never pay the initial price quited—and bargain hard before you buy.
To begin, start at least 10-30 percent below the asking price—even if the vendor acts offended over your "low" offer. If the vendor no longer wants to haggle, simply walk away. If they are still interested, the seller will always come after you with another offer. If not, your offer was too low, but don't worry—you can nearly always find the same product just a few stalls away.
But remember, you get what you pay for—if your watch doesn't work after a few weeks, don't wonder too hard why.
Popular Items to Buy
Designer and name-brand knockoffs are some of the most coveted loot at this market. You can buy cheap shoes like Vans, Nikes, and Converse, as well as fake Beats headphones and knockoff Hunter rain boots for as low as $25.00 USD.
If you make your way deep into the market, you'll find hidden stalls selling Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Coach handbags that look very close to the real deal.
Atmosphere and What to Expect
Brace yourself for large crowds of Chinese locals and tourists. Because this is such a popular market, there will be lots of people, so it's common to feel overwhelmed.
Luckily, the walkways are wider and cleaner than you might think—a bonus for anyone who gets claustrophobic. By the time you leave, it'll probably feel like sensory overload, though hopefully, you will walk away with a few souvenirs in tow.
Safety & Security
The Market has good lighting and is safe for tourists. However, always keep a close eye on your possessions, especially your wallet. While pickpocketing is not a significant issue, the crush of people all located in the same area makes the market an ideal spot for quick-fingered thieves to roam.
How to Get There
The Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market is located right next to the Science and Technology Museum. To get here, take the Metro Line 2 to the Pudong stop, which is close to Century Park, the biggest park within the inner districts of Shanghai.