Xiangyang Market should be shut down, say most residents
Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
Most local citizens support the local government's recent decision to close
down the Xiangyang Road Fashion and Gift Market, considering it will be
effective in cracking down on counterfeit goods and improve Shanghai's image as
a metropolis, according to an online survey of 1,800 people.
closure of the market, one of the city's best-known landmarks for cheap and
counterfeit goods, was announced by government officials on January 4. The
decision has aroused great public debate.
According to the survey, 83
percent of residents have been to the market, with 9 percent going there for
counterfeit 'big-name' goods and 29 percent after hearing of its
Although the market is a shopping mecca for many residents, 53
percent of respondents agree with the government's decision, while only 14
percent were against, with the remaining 33 percent indifferent.
percent of citizens considered that the closure would not affect their shopping
habits while only 14 percent thought it would.
Fifty-two percent of
respondents thought it would help the fight against counterfeit goods, while 31
percent disagreed and said the city must suppress the producers of fake goods to
cut off the supply.