We have a 15 hour layover, over night, in Shanghai, where we would like to do some shopping (various stuff, like these huge markets they usually have in China with lots of small stores where you have to haggle). The problem is that the times are not optimal, we arrive at 19:30, and the next day we leave at 10:30, and I am not sure how late stores are open. If it changes anything, we will arrive on a Sunday evening.

The question is thus, what markets are there and where should we go for shopping, considering the limited time? It does not necessarily have to be in the vicinity of the airport, but we would probably take a hotel close to the shopping area. Our constraints are thus two; we need to be able to make it there in time before they close, and we need to be able to make it back to the airport the next morning

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    That looks like four valuable questions to me if separated...
    – B.Liu
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 14:09
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    For taxis, it’s imperative you have every address you want to go to written in Chinese, including your hotel, unless you speak mandarin of course.
    – jcaron
    Commented Feb 27, 2019 at 14:45
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    Japanese citizens can visit China without a visa for <= 15 days.
    – xuq01
    Commented Feb 28, 2019 at 5:33
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    @DavidRicherby okay, I have edited the question to put the focus on the main one which was about shopping.
    – a20
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 15:37
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    @bjorn Thanks -- I've voted to reopen (I think it takes three votes). Do feel free to ask your other questions, too, in their own posts. Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 15:47

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Japanese citizens are among the few people who can visit China without requiring a visa. Japanese citizens can visit for tourism or business purposes without a visa for up to 15 days, so you're all set. You do not even need to use TWoV if you hold Japanese passports.

Pandas: no, I'm afraid not. Pandas aren't that common at all in China, and few zoos actually have pandas, and I am quite sure there's max 1 zoo per city. You'd have a better time if you save it until you return to Japan, acutally :-)

Taxis are fine as long as you can communicate with the driver. Subway is also fine, but crowded.

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