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Shopping-in-China

If you are a shop-a-holic, then you'll find shopping in China has a lot to offer, if you go searching for it. You may need to ask the right questions to find the kind of venue or experience you are looking for. Be prepared to barter. Learn some Chinese or take someone Chinese along with you.

Tip: every place that you go to - ask for a business card. That way, the next time you want to go there, you can simply show the business card to the taxi driver. It makes life much easier and you gain a lot of personal independence. In China you can easily buy wallet size business card holders. I kept all my business cards in this, in my handbag, and was able to go anywhere I wanted to go without asking for help or someone to translate for me.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:34
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Top 16 Shanghai Markets

Shanghai MarketsThe term "market" is flexible, and in Shanghai, it applies to vendors selling virtually the same thing all under one roof, or in one open section of space. Unlike the Western sense of competition, the Chinese believe that if you are all selling the same thing, you'll attract more customers. Fair enough.

Indeed, this makes life easy for the shopper. Want pearls? Go to the pearl market. Want fabric? Go to the fabric market. Want crickets? You guessed it, go to the cricket market. Just remember your bargaining skills! You'll need them in the markets of Shanghai.

1. Dong Tai Road Antique Market
Description: Be warned, the word "antique" can apply to things made last year.
Address: Dong Tai Road, near Xizang Nan Road
Opening hours: Daily. Morning (in full swing by 9:30-10am) till sundown.
Comments: Dong Tai Road is a lot of fun, especially if you're in the mood to just wander and look at junk. You'll find every kind of Mao memorabilia to old records, photos, lanterns, porcelain, chopsticks and knick-knacks. Remember to bargain hard here and have fun treasure hunting.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 16:24
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Temple Fairs Guide in Beijing for 2013 Spring Festival

Beijing Spring Festival

The temple fair is a social gathering in China. Legend has it that it originated in ancient times when people offered sacrifices to village deities, and the ritual's location gradually evolved into a marketplace for people to exchange products as well as stage cultural performances. At a temple fair, people worship the gods and pray for blessings while enjoying the festivities. Traditional shows such as xiangsheng (xiàng sheng 相声, cross talk), banner shows, kung fu shows and lion dances all are staple features of the fair.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 17:20
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Buying a laptop in China

A LaptopNowadays, computer is becoming more and more important in our daily life. It makes our life much more convenient for we can get news on the internet, chat with our friends and relatives and buy what you want without going out of home. And the laptop is popularized for its convenience. Since there are various brands of laptops in China market, some of them are real and some of them are “a real fake” or a “fake fake”. If you have little knowledge on this trade, you will probably be cheated. So How to buy a laptop in China?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 10:18
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Beijing Antique Market (北京古玩市场)

 Beijing Antique Market
In Beijing, the cultural center of China, the most popular place for you to go and see is the Antique Market. A visit to the Antique Market is as important a part of a foreigner’s tour in Beijing as the Great Wall, the Peking duck and the Forbidden City.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2009 17:35
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