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People & Places

Johanna Levinius, editor

Shanghai - “The Paris of the Orient”

Shanghai, on the coast of China by the East China Sea, about two hours by plane south of Beijing, is, like Paris, a city of lights and a shopper’s paradise. High-end brands and high-end prices can be found at all shopping malls in the city, many of which line Nanjing Road in the heart of the city, from the Bund on the Huangpu River to the national theatre. [More]


Nanjing Road, one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.

Courtesy Johanna Levenius

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Knockoffs

by Johanna Levenius

One thing to beware of in Shanghai: Despite brand name stores, you can’t always count on brand name merchandise. It may say Fendi, Gucci, and Armani, but China is the capital of the knockoff.

Lately the Chinese government has been trying to crack down on the knockoffs by sending police to patrol the markets. This does not stop the sellers, who have their merchandise hidden in suitcases and drawers under their tables.

The best protections: Know your merchandise before you buy.

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