Enjoying the fame of "shopping paradise".guangzhou is the most important Commodity distribution center in south China. Worldwide brand-name commodities in complete categories can be found here. Fashionable dress, jewelry, watches, cosmetics, computer and electronic goods, photographing apparatus, sports goods, stationery, fashionable playthings, curios, arts and crafts, medicines and herbs, sea products and other endless goods will meet the different demands of visitors worldwide.
What to buy: Take advantage of famous Guangzhou specialty streets.Changzhou Road is the street for jade;Daxin Road is for folk arts and crafts; Wendehellu Road is for cultural goods such as antiques, calligraphy and pictures, pottery and porcelain, art crafts etc.) .ducts; Tianhe Road for computers; Wushan Road for scientific Products; Qianjinnanlu Road for Pets; Dongfengxilu Road for birds ; Danan Road for fresh flowers;Qingping Road and Shufang Street of Danan Road for aquatic animals; Jianglan Road for fishing tools. Besides. there is a student ornament street in kenmln kd. South, from unique octopus barrettes, funny cartoon hair ornaments, delicate hags, fastness necklaces, cosmetics to dolls and idols' plctures, which is younger` hest choice .
What to pay: Night markets
Take full advantage of the open-air markets for Its low price and the fun of bargaining.Night markets scatter at Huanghuagang, Xiaogang, Shahe, Shayuan, ShangxiajiuCommercial Pedestrian Street and BeiJing road Commercial Pedestrian Street. All night markets open from dusk to midnight,selling daily articles, fashionable clothes and foods, etc. The night markets are not only quite convenlent but also add color to Guangzhou night life.
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!
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
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...
Near the Garden Hotel and just behind the Guangzhou World Trade Center, you'll find Taojin Lu, a street that passes through a great shopping area for clothes, especially women's clothes... Shooting off from Taojin Lu, there are many small side streets, each of which has a share of small, independent fashion shops, with funky names, designs and clothes...! Definitely one of the best areas to shop if you're looking for unique items at reasonable prices... In this photo, a shop named "Blue"...
Galaxy Computer Plaza is located in Guangzhou's technology and business district, called Tian He... The Plaza includes three huge floors and a basement level full of every kind of modern electronic goods you may need, especially computers and computer accessories... The facility itself is fairly modern and well staffed...
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
Situated next to Xiajiu Road and spanning eight streets, the Hualin Street jade market is full of small shops.
One can find jade ovals, studs, pendants and bangles, as well as small jade decorations of all shapes and colours (red, green, yellow, grey, white, black)
Some of the shops offers certificates of authenticity for A class pieces.
What to pay: Anything from 10 to 10000 RMB. It depends on the quality, size, color.
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.
Park n' Shop is China's answer to the American chains of superstores like Walmart and Target... Here, you can find all kinds of everyday household goods, personal grooming products, electronic goods, toys, and even a grocery store... Prices are quite reasonable... Pictured here, the Tian He Bei Lu outlet of Park n' Shop... There are other locations as well, such as the Grandview Mall and Gongyuanqian Metro station...
This mall is huge, used to be the biggest in Asia. All prices here are set prices and you cannot bargain, all of the stores are nice and there are many western brand name stores along with a lot of chiense brand name stores. You can pretty much buy anything here, mens and ladies clothing, jewelery, baby shops and whatever else you need. there is also restaurants inside on the 5th floor and a little mini fair aswell.
What to buy: Whatever you like.
What to pay: All depends.
I kind of found this place by accident when I got off at the wrong bus stop. At first glance, it looks like a regular shopping mall with a ton of small shops sellling various knick knacks. I soon discovered that it is actually a wholesale market. Apparently store and boutique owners go there from all over the world go here to buy their products wholesale. They sell everything from arts and crafts, collectibles of all types, jewelery, toys, games, sporting goods, any type of keychain you can think of and tons of different gift items. Each small shop usually only sells one type of item, for example just tea sets or just hair accessories. However, they will have an enormous selection and variety of that type of item. You can find 20 types of the same item when regular stores only carry 3-4.
However, you will only get near wholesale prices if you buy in bulk, usually about 20 or more of the same item depending on what it is. Most shop owners will only bargain if you buy in bulk. If you buy single items the prices will be higher but still much lower than anywhere else in Guangzhou since you are buying direct from the wholesaler.
I bought 20 unofficial Beijing Olympic keychains for 5 yuan each, I am using them as gifts for my co-workers and friends. I saw a store elsewhere selling the exact same item for 3 times the price. I bought a couple non-bulk items at prices only about 15% cheaper than elsewhere. However, they had about 10x more selection.
I like this street(actually these two connect together, the Li Wan Plaza is just the connect point ) the most, small shops for fashion things and many very good snack shops scattering among them.
What to buy: everything fashion and traditional food, medicine
This is one block away from the blackmarket, just walk towards the mcdonalds from the blackmarket and the mall is under the same roof as mcdonalds. 1st and 2nd floor are mp3 players, cell phones, cameras etc. 3rd floor is where all the playstation stuff is, and computer stores. U can buy burnt and real games for both.
Same as Blackmarket, take bus 89 from tee mall, the bus stop across the road from the front of the mall, get off 5 or 6 stops. DonShanTou (similar to that)
What to pay: Depends
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.