What $100 Buys in... Shanghai


The city is a poster child for high-speed change, but vestiges of old China still exist—for now, anyway.

$24 Teacups The Jingdezhen kilns have been firing porcelain since the Han Dynasty. Cups, with a lid to keep tea warm, are often adorned with the imperial dragon. Shanghai Jingdezhen Porcelain Artware, 212 Shanxi North Rd., 011-86/21-6253-8865.

$20 Personal stamp The emperor and the official classes always signed their documents with a chop, a carved stamp of their signature. At Oriental Pearl TV Tower, chop makers will give you a Chinese name and chisel a small stamp while you wait. 1 Century Ave., 011-86/21-5879-1888.

$19 Cuff links For centuries, pearls have been cultivated in the waters near Shanghai. Amylin's Pearls & Jewelry sells these cuff links (Bill Clinton's a customer). 580 Nanjing West Rd., 011-86/21-5228-2372.

$1 Chairman Mao pin De rigueur during the Cultural Revolution, Mao pins are now sold at the Chinese Communist Party museum. 76 Xingye Rd., 011-86/21-5383-2171.

$7 Slippers Clothing and slippers are still made from nankeen, a cotton cloth that's dyed indigo. Shanghai Lan-Lan Chinese Hand Printed Blue Nankeen, 637 Changle Rd., 011-86/21-5403-7947.

$7 Calendar When they first appeared in the 1930s, the progressive Shanghai calendar girls symbolized the dawn of the city's golden age. Stalls along Shanghai Old Street sell copies of the vintage calendars.

$20 Tin of tea Dragon Well tea has been brewed at the Huxingting Teahouse for over 150 years. Even Queen Elizabeth has had a cuppa there. 257 Yuyuan Rd., 011-86/21-6373-6950.

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