Nanshi Market in Old Town Shanghai is a place to see China's latest shopping crazes. The market is on a street surrounded by old buildings painted in red with traditional Chinese rooflines. Don’t let the term ‘Old Town’ fool you, though: The façade is old, but the goods are new. You can find bins of selfie sticks and the latest craze of plastic flower hair accessories at every shop and vendor. Nestled among the latest fads are also vintage items; I was entranced by the old Chinese comic books. And by old I mean from the 1980s.
Sherry Ott traveled to China courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (cnto.org) and Wendy Wu Tours (wendywutours.com) as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (ustoa.com), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace of mind to destinations around the world. For more information on Sherry’s journey, visit the USTOA blog (ustoa.com/blog).