I discovered last night that the biggest tea market in Shanghai, the Tianshan market, is very close to my house (very close being about a half hour walk, briskly). I walked there after dinner, knowing full well it was about to close.
The place is weird. Instead of a big, flat layout, like in Beijing tea malls, this one was multi-storied, with each story being rather small. I only browsed around the ground floor, as shops were already closing and I think the ones upstairs were definitely closed. I walked around… it was an interesting sight. Lots more green tea and tieguanyin, and less puerh in general. A lot of stores carry some puerh, but only a few specialize in it, and the ones that do only carry some pretty inferior goods. There was only one cake that I found slightly interesting, but I have doubts about the price. In fact, prices are high all around. I asked about a Changtai Yiwu Zhengpin, which normally should cost about 50 RMB or so. The quote? 400……….
I will head back there again for a closer look, but this is not very promising