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Madame Mao's Dowry, Shanghai

207 Fumin Lu
China 200062
Tel: 86 21 5403 3551's insider take:

Linda Johnson's shop in the French Concession is tastefully arranged with vintage posters, antique Qing dynasty cabinets, and altar tables mixed with contemporary clothes (look for designer Jooi's dainty evening bags). Prices are high for these Cultural Revolution relics, but everything is so beautifully displayed that you'll find yourself whipping out the credit card for your very own white porcelain Mao bust, although it's unlikely he would have approved of the $10,000 price tag. For those not looking to spend quite so much, perhaps the kitschy fakes at Dongtai Lu Antique Market are a better bet.

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