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Happy shopping festival

SHANGHAI is to enjoy a shopping bonanza this autumn. The third Shanghai Shopping Festival is expected to bring residents and tourists products and food from home and abroad, the events' organizing committee said yesterday.

The festival will run from September 12 to October 8. During the "Golden Week" from October 1 to 7, all big malls in the city will stay open to 12am, organizers said.

Several shopping carnivals will be held during the festival all over the city. At these events, visitors will not only be able to shop, but can also enjoy street shows, body painting performances and snacks from different countries.

"The festival aims not only to promote consumption, but also tourism," said Zhang Xinsheng, an official with the committee.

The city needed the festival to stimulate consumption because of the global economic downturn.

"Consumers will tend to buy something if they are in a happy, entertaining shopping environment," said Zhang. "We want the city to become the world's shopping paradise."


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