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Short cruises in Asia depart and end in such cosmopolitan centers - and historic ports - as Hong Kong and Shanghai, China. Shanghai is a shopper's paradise, with Nanjing Road, China's premier shopping street. Extending for miles, it's a fascinating mix of colonial architecture, ultra-modern department stores and a new pedestrian mall. Hong Kong, too, is a brilliant place to pick up Asian souvenirs, as it is filled with dozens of different street markets, jammed with stalls offering clothing, art, crafts... even luggage, hardware and electronic gadgets. Haggling is perfectly acceptable at the street markets, so have fun with it!
Turkey sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and cruise port Istanbul extends across the Bosphorus Strait, making it the only city in the world situated on two continents. Indeed, you will find nods to both Western and Eastern cultures in this metropolis, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople during its long and illustrious history. Here, you might tour the historic sites in the Old City, then have fun haggling for souvenirs in the mammoth Grand Bazaar, with literally thousands of stalls where you can buy everything from pottery and spices to leather goods and colorful carpets. For a truly unique experience, consider a visit to a traditional Turkish bath for a steam, scrub and a massage.