SHOPPING IS SUCH a tourist draw that many specialized tours have emerged. They offer door-to-door transport service, the promise of “insider” finds, and help with haggling.
At first glance, managing Shanghai on your own does seem difficult. Faced with streets full of motorbikes, people, and construction cranes, the convenience of a tour bus is attractive. But with excursions averaging $100 per person, I say no thanks.
Navigating solo through Shanghai is not as stressful as it looks. What’s more, you can discover uncommon shops and score better deals moving at your own pace.
Here are my suggestions for great shopping experiences — all are accessible by walking or using the subway from the city’s star attraction, the Bund. Lace up a pair of comfortable shoes and let’s get going.