What to buy:
Pretty well everything you see in the City is available at the local village markets at a fraction of the price. Of course, this only works if you are going to the local villages, but the people are friendly, polite and very different from the city dwellers. I found many items for about fraction of the city prices in touristy areas like Beijing Road.
I never had any problems making purchases, but it does help to know the value of your Yuans. Carry smaller bills under $20.00, don't try to purchase with larger bills. Even if you have to neg. for an item, it will still be far less than in the city. If your are not happy walk away and go to another stall, the vendor will quickly neg. a better price.
What to pay: I was happy to pay for most items without neg. most the time, as it was reasonable & to support the locals who are out there trying to earn a good living. You will find plenty of decent stalls selling just about everything. There are also plenty of food items not sold off the ground such as seen in the photo, but off of proper tables, bins, shelves, etc.
If you are there for any length of time, the vendors will get to know you and will give you great deals. As I found when I purchased a bike and went back for another later and then accessories again later. You will have fun cruising through the local markets, watch out for the odd motorcycles cruising through with deliveries.You will see how the locals shop daily and get a good perspective on village life.
Big 7-storey Shopping Centre with connection to the MRT subway (Stadium West Road - Ti Yi Xi Lu), complete with food outlet, entertainment centre and many more.
All branded goods are available here including Jusco store. Items sold here are generally more upmarket and are of good quality made.
I was there on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve and the place is jammed pack with people.
A block away are Grandview Mall, Grandbuy Departmental Store and Sunnin. Sunnin sells cheap electronic goods. MP3 player at discounted 6 RMB was available at Sunnin when I was there.
What to buy: High Quality Goods
What to pay: Standard Prices
The Market is made up of several streets. From Qing Ping Lu, keep walking in and you will find the Pet Market.
What to buy: Qing Ping specialises in Chinese herbs....
What to pay: Much cheaper than in Malaysia or other Asian countries that uses Chinese herbs
Ever wonder where Chinese antique dealers really get their merchandise? They like to say that it comes from China's countryside and that whatever you like in their shop just happened to come in 10 days ago from some village in Henan province where a poor rural family sold off their precious heirlooms or some farmer accidently dug it up in a field . Well I'm here to tell you that this is all a bunch of bamboo shoots (Chinese B.S.).
I stumbled across a wholesale market of replica antiques in area of Guangzhou seldom visited by foreign tourists. That's right, I said "wholesale"...as in tons of replica antiques made to order. Rows upon rows of quality replica bronzes that look like a thief looted the Shaanxi Provincial Museum after an earthquake; armies of Tang San Cai (tri-color glazed pottery) horses and princesses standing in lots; all fake and all made somewhere nearby though none of the shopowners would divulge the factory's location.
It's really an incredible sight, and an enlightening experience if you have ever thought about buying antiques in China. Once you've convinced them that you're on to the game, the wholesalers become retailers and give you cheap bargains. I couldn't believe it when I bought what looked like a Qing dynasty copy of a 1 meter tall Tang princess statue for only 300 RMB. I imagine the price on Hong Kong's Hollywood Road would be 3000 Hong Kong dollars and at an "Oriental Antique" shop in Seattle it might be 600 US dollars or more.
Ancient porcelain is much more difficult to copy and so the fakes are easier to identify. Therefore the market for high quality copies of bronze and clay antiques is developing rapidly. Only trained experts can really spot the difference among authentic Tang San Cai from the Tang dynasty, Qing dynasty copies of Tang San Cai, and modern replicas made in Guangzhou.
Ordinary buyers would find it challenging to differentiate between the latter two examples.
What to buy: Replica ancient bronzes (including Sanxingdui copies), replica Tang San Cai (tri-colour glazed statues), replica Jun ware pottery, authentic ornate wood carvings, authentic Jingdezhen porcelain
What to pay: Most high quality replicas can be purchased for 200-300 RMB if you are a savvy shopper. You should not pay more than 400 RMB for any replica items. Authentic Jingdezhen porcelain will be priced higher for certain extraordinary items, but I don't believe that you're going to find a real Ming vase.
What to buy:
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Pasquier Ladies 20% discount , some can even get 50% discount
Fornari 2 PCS/RMB150
Theme 12% discount
Etam 50% discount
G2000 Ladies 2 PCS can get more than 30% discount
Suzuya 32% discount
Veeko 2 PCS can get 25% discount
So check them out.
The Grandview Mall is an immense new homage to commerce and capitalism, erected in the heart of Tian He, Guangzhou's thriving business district. The mall is brand new (opened in 2005) and is situated very close to the pre-existing Teem Plaza (TeeMall). Upon its opening, it became the 4th largest shopping mall in the world with total area of 4.5 million square feet. This mall has several levels with a vast multitude of shops and one large somewhat upscale department store attached. It features an excellent Brazilian restaurant, as well as the usual suspects, Starbucks, Haagen-Dazs, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Watson's, etc. Park n' Shop also has a new location here and there is even a full size ice skating rink! The mall includes several full scale reproductions of classic sculptures, such as the "Winged Victory of Samothrace", pictured here...
Tianhe District in East Guangzhou is one of the major shopping areas in Guangzhou, especially when it comes to computers and electronics, although there are many other shops in this area, which is also occupied by the GZ offices of Microsoft and IBM as well as the vast Tianhe Sports Center... Some of the more well known shopping centers currently include Teem Plaza (TeeMall), Tianhe Shopping Center and the brand new Grandview Mall, which opened in 2005... Shown in this pic from the GZ metro map, Ti Yu Zhong Xin station, one of the most convenient to Tianhe District, along with the Tiyu Xilu station...
Ikea, the immensely popular international home furnishings company originating out of Sweden, has a brand new location in Tian He, Guangzhou's thriving business district. This large, modern store is located a short walk from CITIC Plaza along Middle Lin He Road, not far from Guangzhou Eastern Railway Station. Ikea is known throughout the world for their elegantly simple design aesthetic at cheap prices. Signage is in three languages, Swedish, English and Chinese. This is the best place in Guangzhou for household furnishings where you can shop undisturbed by the large armies of bored, useless and superfluous worker drones that normally occupy Chinese department stores and supermarkets for no really apparent reason. Ikea has a western style service strategy that is uninvasive, economical and state of the art that is sure to change the way commerce is done in China in years to come. The store also has a restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, pastries and coffee...
You will see several Friendship Stores around GZ, these are nice "mall" like stores that cater to the upper class. Just do some price shopping before making your purchases. There are also several huge malls in GZ that have every kind if shop under the sun. I did notice that "American" products tend to be about par with our prices, for example Nike shoes are about $10 less than in the USA so was not a huge savings.
What to buy: I liked the Jackie Chan mens clothing, the teas and teapots.
What to pay: Jackie Chan mens clothing is expensive, I bought 2 3-button shirts and a pair of pants and it cost me $140 USD but the local items were really cheap.
In the center of the city is another pedestrian shopping street called XiangXiaJiu Lu. Smaller than the famous Beijing Lu, this long road of shops and vendors will not leave you disappointed. Women's, men's, and children's clothing, as well as a wide assortment of accessories and knick knack can be found here. The best thing about it is that it was right next to my house! I shopped here EVERY NIGHT when I'm in town!
What to buy: clothes and accessories
What to pay: Varies
This is the ultimate shopping street in Guangzhou. It is anchored by two large upscale department stores and features many trendy boutiques, a big bookstore, and all kinds of fast food.
In the center of the street you will see two underground archeological sites showing that this road has existed here for nearly a thousand years. Coke must have struck a good deal with Guangzhou's municipal authorities because the pair of underground sites are sponsored by the American soda icon. Just in case you overlook that fact on the accompanying bronze plaque, then you can't miss the Coca Cola logo that appears on almost every other glass panel which peers below into a pit with remnants of the Song and Ming dynasty roads on display. Permanently stationed between the two historical sites is the convenient Coca Cola Trolley, peddling the traditional glass bottles of what Chinese people not too long ago believed was a strange elixir that tasted like some awful western medicine.
Looking into the excavation pit, it is almost possible to get lost in time and imagine you are back in the Ming dynasty with hundreds of Middle Kingdom peasants surrounding you and no cars or bicycles on the road. Seeing that you indeed appear lost in time, a Chinese tout will immediately bring you back to reality and approach you with an aggresive offer to sell a watch.
What to buy: The Xinhua bookstore is a good place to buy a tourist atlas of China. This is really the only shop around here that I would recommend. You won't find any bargains if you're looking for cheap clothing or those popular fake brand name designer goods.
It's fun to look at the young Chinese generation hanging out on Beijing Street and see what outfits they're wearing. They're not as eccentric as the youth of Tokyo's Harajuku, but still amusing nonetheless.
What to pay: Prices for clothing and shoes here are not as cheap as elsewhere in Guangzhou, so don't expect to find many good bargains.
Different stalls housed in a building
What to buy: I got to buy cheap sweaters in a mall just outside the central bus station of Guangzhou. It seemed like outlet store of goods or stalls selling several goods. Be sure to have your RMB. HKD is also acceptable but it took a longer time for them to decide whether your money is counterfeit or not.
What to pay: Haggling is the name of the game here and a calculator comes in handy. Always punch in half the price they were asking except for those with price tags.
The north end of Beijing Lu, just below Gongyuan Qian Metro Station, has been transformed into an extensive pedestrian-only shopping arcade... Along the middle of the street, there is a fascinating permanent exhibition showing the excavated archeological layers of how the street looked throughout various dynasties, such as the Ming, the Qing, etc, leading up to modern times... There is a wide range of stores available, from a large modern-style department store to stores selling the latest fashions for young people, to the ultra-cheap shacks hawking t-shirts, jewelry and knick-knacks...
This street is one of my fav. shopping areas in Guangzhou. It has absolutely everything; cheap clothes, good food and even a little history.. there is a display of the original road from the song dynasty (960 - 1279 A.D)You can find awesome mens, womens and childrens clothing for really good prices. I especially recommend ladies heading here to shop, I love the clothes and shoes .. not to mention the purses and other accessories!
What to buy: Pretty much any type of clothing you could want: trendy womens and mens fashions, childrens clothing, sporty stores and a ton of shoe and purse stores. There are also some book stores and superstore/department stores just off the street. oh and not to mention the infamous fake watch stalls.. you'll get hounded quite a bit but these men on the street ( a little annoying)
~ don't just stay on the main street area if you look in what seem to be alley ways full of small stalls and shops ( often quite full of people) thast where the best bargaining shops are.. you can get some really great clothes for cheap!
What to pay: I would defiantly say you shouldn't be spending more than 100 yuan for most things here ( well bargaining stalls, price tag items are different can be up to 500 yuan but better quality) just be ready to bargain because they really put up the prices for foreigners often more than triple what a local would pay!
Here there is alot of stores where the prices are all written out. When you walk down beijing street you will see little alleys on the left and right. In there are many little shops where you can bargain. Designer clothes, bags, all the girls stuff and a bit of guys clothes. There is tons of guys selling fake watches there aswell and they will follow you down the road for a bit trying to get you to look at their stuff.
What to buy: Ladies and Mens clothing
What to pay: Depends on how you bargain.