Ghost Market (Wenmiao Old Book Market)

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Photograph: Yu Zhiming
215 Wenmiao Lu
Probably Shanghai’s last standing secondhand book market, Ghost Market got its name from the glory days when thousands came at dawn and you could only make out their ghostly silhouettes. Although not as crowded as it used to be, it is still a great stop for incredibly cheap novels, periodicals, catalogues, brochures, children’s books and foreign language books (though you’ll have to dig for those). Apart from that, things get nostalgic with old photos, diaries and comic strips. Haggle hard and make your mind up quickly.
Venue name: Ghost Market (Wenmiao Old Book Market)
Contact:
Opening hours: Sun 7.30am-4pm
Metro: Laoximen
English address: 215 Wenmiao Lu, near Xueqian Jie
Chinese address: 黄浦区文庙路215号, 近学前街