Longhua, located in southwestern Shanghai, is the only ancient town preserved in the city's downtown area. Although it doesn't have as many as department stores as the Xujiahui commercial area, you will be able to find something there that is typically Chinese.
Surrounded by a group of ancient buildings, including the Longhua Temple and Longhua Pagoda, this area's main attraction is in its vendor stands. Fine examples of workmanship are displayed along the pedestrian street near Longhua Pagoda. What is on sale there is certainly in traditional Chinese style. The goods cover a wide range from beautifully wrought jade articles, ancient coins to Chinese knots and ink stones.
The asking price of most of the goods along the street ranges from 80 yuan to 1,000 yuan. Don't feel stunned when the vendors give you a high price. Because bargaining is kind of routine work here. You can bargain with the vendors for further reductions and get a reasonable price — sometimes even beyond your expectations.
In Longhua, you can experience a real Chinese atmosphere, buy attractive and original souvenirs and enjoy a large variety of recreational activities. Because everyday is a temple fair!
If you want to buy jade, you can never be too careful because of the risk of buying fake jade.
In general, the value of jade is determined according to its color and the intensity of that color, the vivacity and texture, and its clarity and transparency.
The opening hours are usually from 7 am to 5 pm. The best time to go there is in April and May when the annual Longhua Temple Fair is held.
If you're hungry, there are several restaurants serving local delicacies along the way.