Shopping at the Jade Garden

This week I had a rare Saturday off (only one class in the morning).    I headed in to Shanghai and met up with another teacher who works there.   He recently arrived from the US, and hasn’t had much time to get out and see the sights.   After making my requisite cheese purchase at City Shop, and sitting down for an amazing lamb-burger at Beef & Liberty, we headed to 玉园 (Yu Yuan) — Jade Garden.

A couple students told me that it’s a great place to go shopping.   Wow… They were right.   I took a couple quick snapshots with my phone (below).  But they don’t give you a sense of what it’s like.   It’s crammed full of little shops, street vendors, and catacombs of back alleys–filled with more little shops and street vendors.  We’d walk into a store only to find that it wasn’t a store… it was the entrance to an entire building full of small shops.   We walked for 3 hours and only scratched the surface.

I’ll definitely be going back to do some more shopping.

They had everything from cheap Christmas decorations and toys to antiques and high-end art.  And it’s all mixed together.  Right next to the “Dollar Store” was a government-sponsored art gallery selling original paintings for upwards of $6,000.

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