Counterfeited products are readily available throughout China; from DVDs and CDs, to electrical products, jewellery, bags and clothing. Some of them are so good that even the most envious stares won’t be able to tell the difference between an original and a fake.
Anti- counterfeiting organisations, industry union bodies and the labels themselves have been fighting an unsuccessful battle to warn people off purchasing pirated copies. The latest campaign “So Cheap, it’s Criminal” damns the fake products for their exploitation of their workers in sweatshop factories, in an attempt to sway buyers with a moral justification.
The reality is that with a two-year wait list and a starting price of US$6,000 a Hermes Birkin bag is an unachievable or unimaginable purchase for most. However, for the canny amongst us, you can buy an almost exact copy at Choice, 308 Nanchang Lu for just 2900 RMB!
The fake markets in Shanghai offer the widest selection of copied goods, and are convenient one-stop shops for buyers. There are two markets in town both euphemistically called the “fashion and gift markets”!
The A P Xinyang Market in Pudong is definitely the better of the two, tucked neatly away inside Science and Technology Museum metro station. The Fashion and Gift Markets at Longhua Temple in Puxi is visited by busloads of tourists, making prices considerably higher and shopkeepers more expectant of a sale. Avoid it, and head out to Pudong instead.
A P Xinyang Fashion and Gift Markets上海亚太新阳服饰礼品市场View In Map
The AP Xinyang Markets is a mini mall within the Science and Technology Museum metro station foyer. It is no Plaza 66 but they have a decent product range with all the classic buys from Longchamp “Le Pliage” Bags to Abercrombie and Fitch hoodies and hard-shell Samsonite suitcases.
Add: At the bottom of the escalator beside exit 2 of the Science and Technology Museum metro stop, 2002 Shiji Dadao, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区世纪大道2002号（地铁二号线上海科技馆站）
Getting there: Take metro line 2 to Science and Technology Museum Station
What to Buy and from Where
Frames and Sunglasses
Greatwave Glasses is quite literally an open cabinet that stretches almost the length of the mall. It stocks sunglasses, frames and magnifying reading glasses.
Add: A1 Cabinet
Tel: 133 8606 7171
Prices: Range from 50- 500RMB; Rayban Wayfarers 65RMB
Luggage, Bags and Wallets
Li Bin & Li Jun are two brothers, whose shop offers comparatively better prices than some of the other shops in the market. They stock everything from Samsonite suitcases to Marc Jacobs clutches.
Tel: 13671 905 518
Prices: Samsonite 28 inch fabric suitcase 160 RMB; Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote 50 RMB; Ferragamo long wallets 70RMB.
With everything from checkerboard van’s to UGG boots, Lucy’s Sport Shoes this is very good spot for trendy footwear and the prices are quite unbelievable!
Tel: 159 2125 5158
Prices: Converse hi- tops 50 RMB; UGG Australia boots 140 RMB (not sheepskin); Fred Perry Leather Kingston’s 130 RMB
Forget Fifth Avenue, Tao Yong Liang is where you should come for all your Tiffany needs. This shop has an almost complete range of the classic silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. There are also some Bvlgari, Chanel and Cartier rip-offs and a small collection of sunglasses.
Add: C1- 07
Tel: 13162 591 688
Prices: Tiffany and Co. Silver Cuff 100 RMB; Chanel flower ring 50 RMB; earrings 3 pairs for 100 RMB; Tiffany and Co. love heart necklace 50 RMB
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