Made in China
Collected by Christy Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
While "Made in China" may have gotten a bit of a bad rap lately, some fabulous Chinese products can be found in Shanghai if you know where to shop. From luxurious yak knits to hip sneakers and organic beauty products, here are a few sources for incredible souvenirs and gifts.
Changshou Road, Putuo, Shanghai, China
For something beautiful, unique and quintessentially Chinese, you'll want to pick up a yak-wool knit from Shokay. This incredible social enterprise works with yak farmers in Western China to teach them how to harvest the finest down from their...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, 五原路87弄
Online fashion brand Xinlelu showcases independent labels from Asia and around the world in an attractive offline villa with purple French doors and a leafy courtyard. Check out the Finch retro bathing suits made from recycled plastic bottles. 87...
56 Shaoxing Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Shanghai's arts and crafts enclave, Tianzifang, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes bursting with diminutive shops, restaurants, and bars. Most of the shops here are located inside shikumen, stone gatehouses dating to the early 1930s. Gear up for...
250弄 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Shanghai-based shoe company Feiyue means "flying forward" in Chinese. Around since the 1920s, these lightweight sneakers became the shoe of choice by kung fu fighters in the 1930s. In fact, rumor has it that nearly 80% of kung fu fighters today...
207 Fumin Rd, Jingan Qu, China, 200085
Hunting for made-in-China souvenirs more Etsy than kitschy? Madame Mao is the spot! Check out the alphabet tote bags from Pinyin Press, cloisonné snuff bottles by Piling Palang, vibrant wrapping paper by Paper Tiger, and quirky jewelry from...
1221 Changle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Combining the purity of natural elements with traditional Chinese wisdom, Ba Yan Ka La has developed a line of skincare, hair care, and other beauty products that are both carefully sourced and expertly blended. Ba Yan Ka La means "Mountain of...
210弄 Taikang Rd, DaPuQiao, Huangpu Qu, China
If you're interested in getting an introduction into the world of Chinese tea, I highly recommend dropping into one of Cha Mi Living's two locations: Taikang Lu and Huamu Lu. From color to brewing times to tea service, they'll walk you through it...
221 Changle Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Whether you decide to buy one off the rack or get a custom-made qipao (recommended), these figure-hugging dresses are arguably the most iconic fashion piece for females around China, and sexy to boot. If you opt to visit a tailor (which I really...
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