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Shanghai Shopping

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With catchy aliases like Shopping Paradise and Paris of the East, you know you're in for quite a spree in Shanghai. Opt for opulent, Western-style malls or for the rambunctious markets where you can stock up on an astounding array of items, from precious gems to crickets.

Amalgamate all your shopping needs at Nanjing Road , a vibrant and colorful pedestrian-oriented shopping district with a reputation as Shanghai's answer to Fifth Avenue. It's the top shopping street in China and you'll recognize plenty of brand names from back home. Citic Square shopping center (1168 Nanjing Rd.; +86-21-6218-0180; CiticSquare.com) is the home of upscale threads, including Jean Paul Gaultier.

For designer shopping and retro pre-reform department stores strut to Huaihai Road . You can also diversify the labels in your wardrobe by investing in some of the slew of hot new names in the Chinese fashion world at incredible prices. Maison Mode (99 Huaihai Zhong Rd.; +86-21-6391-0379; MaisonMode.com) is ground zero for designer brands. Parkson Shopping Center (918 Huaihai Rd.) is discount central.

If you need to stock up on undergear, visit Manifesto (1950 Huaihai Zhong Rd.; +86-21-6289-9108; Manifesto.com.cn), a sultry, gay-owned menswear den situated alongside bar Shanghai Studio.

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