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.
This area known as Shun Ha Jiao (translation --> UP DOWN 9) is a local market with many bargains. They include clothes, & anything you could possibly think of.
What to buy: You have to haggle prices with the local vendors there because they will always start with a very expensive price. The only places you shouldn't haggle at are food establishments & foreign owned stores (eg. Baleno & Bossini).
What to pay: upwards of 50 Yuan RMB
What to buy:
EITIE Ladies Offer 20% discount and more
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.
Yi De Lu and areas near Yi De Lu is where you will find many, Many wholesale malls and shops. Yi De Lu is famous for its stationeries and gifts wholesale market. There are at least 6 shopping complexes, some 6 storeys high, all selling stationeries, decors, toys, gifts etc etc. If it's your first time there, I guarantee you that you'll be overwhelmed! You will!
Again, as I mentioned about shopping in wholesale markets, they usually sell in bulk and bargaining power is not on your side. If you just want to buy one or two, their retail price would be much higher than wholesale price or they may not even want to entertain you. Of course, if you are really going to buy in bulk for businesses, aha, you'll be spoilt with choices. Many of the shops sells similar things and so you are able to compare prices.
Not only that, there is also a dried seafood wholesale market along the road.
Behind Yi De Lu, there's also a major shoe wholesale market.
And near to Yi De Lu, the Tai Kang Lu, I spotted a wholesale mall (Tai Kang Cheng) that sells all the girls accessories like crunchies, hair clips, necklaces, beads, belts etc etc. And beside this mall is another wholesale market that sells all those toilets parts like pipes, bathtub, toiletbowls etc.
I can't describe enough, go see it for yourself! The photo shows one of the aircon stationery mall at Yi De Lu.
What to buy: Stationeries, keychains, soft toys, purses, decors, clocks, etc etc
What to pay: They transact only in cash. So bring enough cash.
Ladies, looking for leather bags in GZ? You'll go crazy if you go to Jie Fang Bei Rd, there's a stretch of 4 to 5 shopping malls selling ALL kinds of bags, mainly leather bags.
The mall that I would recommend, along this road is World Leather City (Bai Yun Shi Jie Pi Ju Cheng). The shops there are most organised, spacious and is air-conditioned. The shops here even have stickers on their shop front, stating if they accept retail customers or just attend to wholesale customers. Hence, you can happily go into those shops that welcome retail customers and not worry about not buying in bulk.
The mall is super big and there are really a great variety of ladies bags offered there. There are also some shops selling male's briefcase, working bags, luggages, male's clothes.
My friend can shop at that mall, just one mall, for 5 hours.
Sorry, no photo, did not remember to bring along the camers that day. :P
What to buy: Leather bags
What to pay: The design and quality of bags sold there varies, but good ones can still be cheaper than those you can get from outside, those major shopping malls, say in Tien He district.
China can but a meat eaters paradise and a Vegetarian / animal activists nightmare! I didn't get to sample all that China has to offer in the areas of food basically because I was too cheap to sample the more expensive foods! I was happy with my chicken or beef with rice or noodles!! Turtles were available everywhere, so they must be quite popular. I never did see anyone eating them though so I'm not sure of how they are prepared.
Along Beijing Lu, there are lots of "women's streets"... These are little side streets filled with shops that specialize in women's clothing... If you want to buy something inexpensive, these streets are a good option...
Although it is a short street, Zhuangyuan Fang has lots of mini stores along it... Very cute Japanese and South Korean things can be bought here... And, very CHEAP... ^_^
But don't go there on the week-ends or on days when students don't have school -- otherwise, you will regret it...!
During the ancient times of China, if a person got the number one score on a civil service exam, then they could be in the civil service and work for the government and we would call them "Zhuangyuan"... See, this is a statue of Zhuangyuan... Because of that, the street is named "Zhuangyuan Fang".
This commercial street sells almost everything - clothes, shoes, etc.. Things are extremely cheap. Spending 2 USD, you can get yourself a really nice pair of shoes. You can buy so many pairs and just throw them after you get tired of them.
This is another shopping street in Guangzhou. Its name is pretty funny because in English it is Up-Down Nine. The street is a bit narrow and very crowded. Many shops selling everything, mostly clothes and shoes - very cheap. The houses here are very neat too as they look very classic.
You will get exhausted when you see all the things are real cheap , but 1 thing , you get what you paid for . The things are not so good quality if it is real cheap . But as for a lady we will still buy if when we see things are cheap , it doesnt matter at least we will use it for a few times it you dont like it anymore you can give it to someone else , afterall the things that you bought are cheap .
If you are staying in GuangZHou hotel or Landmark Hotel , it is a walking distance .
The famous American convenience store, 7-11, has an extensive presence in Guangdong Province, but their prices are even cheaper than in the United States... For example, a can of Fanta costs only about USD .30...! Easy to buy snack foods and cold drinks as well as other items of daily need...
Qingping Shichang, called in English the "Peaceful Market" is the product of Deng Xiaoping's infamous capitalist-style economic reforms of the late 1970's, and one of the first private markets to flourish in the People's Republic... This market is well known for the vast array of bizarre (to a westerner) food items which are on sale...
Qingping Shichang has many many shops, selling lots of strange foods such as the previously shown dried snakes and starfish, gigantic black mushrooms, dried seahorses, and various insects such as the thousands shown in the photo here, spread out along the ground... I took a close look and they were some kind of black winged insect I could not identify... And often you'll see men carrying heavy loads on their shoulders like the guy in the photo...