the year-on-year rise of IP cases received by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court in recent years
bags and kitschy Chinese propaganda. Hundreds of foreign travelers used to disembark from buses at the back entrance of the plaza every day.
Zhang Xia, a shop owner on the second floor who sells silk scarves and qipaos, said that the company that owns the building used to have partnerships with tourist agencies that help promote their businesses. It even post advertisements in Shanghai’s various expat communities.
Zhang added that most of the shops would relocate to places such as the shopping area at the Line 2 Shanghai Science & Technology Museum metro station.
“I come here with friends and my mother once a month to buy clothes, shoes, electronics and whatever I need as everything here is very cheap,” said Amber Hollis, a 16-yearold student at the British International School Shanghai.
Hollis said she wasn’t too concerned about the impending closure, saying that there are at least two other places in the city where she can go to buy fake items. Other students, however, have expressed dismay at the news.