Of course, you need to buy things made of real Chinese silk at least one. Tourists often bring silk bed linen or bathrobes from Shanghai. Real natural silk is quite expensive here. If you plan to buy many silk products, it is recommended to go to the Shanghai Silk Commercial Building mall or to the South Bund Fabric Market. There are always many buyers here. However, there is strict quality control here. The sellers speak English well. Of course, you can find very cheap things. You will certainly be able to buy silk clothing at very low prices in the markets. However, its quality will be poor.
It is interesting to get acquainted with the assortment of shops with Chinese folk medicines. You will find jars with powders, bundles of dried plants, and baskets with dried parts of various animals here. You should buy folk medicinal drinks and infusions. For example, an infusion of ginseng or antler root deserves attention. Everything else is more likely to be a souvenir than a medicine for a European who is not particularly versed in folk medicine. You should go to the Yuyuan market for shopping.
Chinese cosmetics are also worthy of attention. It is most often made from natural ingredients. Local cosmetics have quite a decent quality. There are inexpensive brands here. It is recommended to purchase something from the Bioaqua line. If you have enough money, then choose more expensive cosmetics Herborist. This is an expensive but very effective series. It is especially effective in the fight against age-related skin changes.