The main entrance of Yunzhou Curio City is grand, enticing, and offers hints as to the treasures that may be found within. The building contains a whopping seven floors, all filled with a myriad of different and random items up for sale.
Even with all this space, on weekends more vendors hit this area than can fit within and they spill out onto the surrounding alleys, pavements, and any available spot on the floor to set up shop and sell their wares. This is clearly the place to be to search for all things second hand, and you just never know what valuable and collectible things may be lurking among the goods.
Yunzhou Curio City is one of the few markets of its kind left trading in Shanghai. The rundown but popular Dongtai Road Antique Market was demolished in 2015, and since then treasure hunters had to look elsewhere for curios and knickknacks to rummage through. The stores within the main building are open every day and many of the vendors have been running their businesses from here since it opened. Therefore, there are many stories to hear if you have plenty of time and a good understanding of the local language!
It takes a discerning eye and a great deal of patience to separate the treasures from the rest at Yunzhou Curio City. However, despite its size, everyone is rather relaxed here, so shoppers can take their time to examine every trinket if they so desire. It is certainly worth spending some time here.
Among the regular weekday vendors are fantastic coin collections (in fact a whole floor of the building is dedicated to this), jade, Mao pins, vintage picture books, historical papers and records, photographs, stamps, and so much more. It is an incredible store with much to discover, and lovers of flea markets and vintage goods will be pleased that it opens every day of the week.
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