Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market in Shanghai

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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. Here, you can buy just about anything when it comes Chinese goods, including watches, bags, jewelry, shirts, souvenirs, and anything else you can imagine. Just be warned, it is fake, no matter what they tell you. With that in mind, Yatai Xinyang is fun for browsing and bargaining.

How to Bargain at Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market

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 bargain hard before you buy. Start at 10 percent of the asking price and never pay more than 30 percent of the original fee—even if the vendor acts offended over your "low" offer. 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 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. 

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.