by Sarah Lahey, Lifestyle Expert

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There is an old Chinese blessing that goes something like this:
May you live in interesting times.

I’d like to twist that ancient curse into a wish for you: May you shop in somewhat dirty street markets but contract no weird flus. May you never pay more than 100 yuan for anything. May you gaze at the wonders of China and understand that you see the future—and it is powerful.

I just returned from Shanghai and Beijing and found magic in both. And, of course, lots of bargains. With a reputation for trendiness, Shanghai offers everything from Euro brand names to Chinese no-names.


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