Got your Chairman Mao figurine? Inflatable Pearl Tower? Spinning top that plays Axel F? Then you’ll be needing the next big thing in souvenir tackery.
Available in either a Day or Night versions, this motorised marvel displays images of the Bund drifting by for a maximum of 8 hours. Leave the DVDs alone for a while and enjoy the music of your choice (the clip features “Carbon Dating” by the Super Furry Animals) as you try to understand why on earth the Pinyin is written from right-to-left.
It’s about the size of a laptop screen and you can pick yours up from one of many reputable tradesmen in the Old Town, with the junction of Fangbin Lu, Anran Jie being a good place to start. Starting price is upwards of RMB 300 — we suggest bargaining … hard.
Note to any souvenir hunters looking for crystal replicas of the Pearl Tower: Please be advised that they are available from LuJiaZui for significantly less than the 90 US Dollars currently being touted on ebay.