This company grew from the feedback from visitors we had who came to China and hated the shopping unless we took them! Why? Because the culture for shopping in China is to haggle. This means there are no marked prices and tourists — and locals alike — can be heavily fleeced. However, our tours are designed to save you money!
We teach haggling tricks to our customers, let you know what the price should be so you know where to start… and how to finish up with the best price! We’re always on hand to assist while your confidence in bargaining grows.
Our preferred shops at the markets give us amazing prices without the exasperating and time consuming game of bargaining. We have researched the shops in the fabric market to the extent of having a tailor from NZ come and check out their workmanship, that is why we are so confident in the quality and pricing of their work! Customers also get the benefit of our local knowledge, return policy and delivery options. This is part of the value of our ticket price and helps us fit in more shopping destinations, fewer hiccups and zero scams into a day out in Shanghai.
Our approach is the opposite of the typical Chinese tour of low upfront fees and heavy commission taking. Yes, our ticket price is higher than some, but our guides are expats and they don’t receive commissions. There is NO pressure to buy at any of our destinations, the lunch is fabulous and the insights and information you get on the day will save you money and ensure you have a fantastic time in this amazing city.
Shopping Tours Shanghai™ was established in 2008 by two vibrant Shanghai Expat residents. Suzy and Lynn, both originally from New Zealand, have well over 14 years of history in Shanghai which includes a wealth of experience in taking other people shopping. After receiving such positive and enthusiastic feedback about their shopping excursions with friends and guests, they decided to start Shopping Tours Shanghai. Although Lynn has now returned to New Zealand, she visits Shanghai regularly and you will still see her on the occasional tour.