Qipu Lu -- "cheap" street -- is a series of malls crammed, jammed, and stuffed full of cheap, cheap, cheap clothes, with some fakes for good measure. It's ground zero for young local shoppers, and pretty much hell for everyone else. Aggressive touts, swarms of humanity, and so, so, so much crap clothing. If you've gotta come -- for halloween costumes, or a masochistic shopping streak -- early weekday mornings are the easiest.
This historic theater up in Hongkou was once a temple, then it was Chinatown, now it's a bubbling club/lounge/bar regularly hosting cabaret theater shows. It's a really beautiful old space with a gallery and theater boxes, with a real feeling of...
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