Xi'an Shopping

  • Stores as far as the eye can see
    Stores as far as the eye can see
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  • Most shoppers are Chinese themselves
    Most shoppers are Chinese themselves
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  • Upper floors of stores are quaint houses
    Upper floors of stores are quaint houses
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    Wild Goose Pagoda shops: Nice to See

    by solopes Updated Jan 6, 2014

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    Don’t skip the shopping area in the Wild Goose Pagoda.

    More than a shop, it looks like a museum, and allows different angles to see the site.

    The prices… well, that I skipped, but, being in a monument...!

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    Who knows ? (maybe Travelchinaguide): All at Once

    by solopes Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    Right inside Xi’an, the visited factory (I couldn’t read its name) is clearly tourist oriented.

    In a single pass you may see the work in most Chinese crafts, from silk to wood, and… buy them.

    Or to check the qualities and prices to buy elsewhere.

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    One of the 3753 shops I had to enter: Language is no Barrier

    by solopes Updated Oct 26, 2011

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    On the 14th day of August 2007, it took place in Xi'an an extraordinary assembly of the Women International Organization in China, with the following plan of work:

    1 - A pair of pants

    After 6 hours of useful discussion, it was possible to reach an agreement, approved by 64% of the votes. The final document will be written in the next weeks.

    Note: The meeting was not open to the public, so the only possible image was taken by a Portuguese paparazzo.

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    Beiyuanmen Street: Main shopping lane for tourists

    by stamporama Updated Jun 21, 2011

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    Right behind the Drum Tower is Beiyuanmen St. , which is lined on both sides by restaurants and stores selling all manner of souvenirs, clothes (both local and fakes of name brands), toys, fashion accessories, and of course food stuff, both freshly cooked or packed. The road is supposed to be off-limits to motor vehicles but one will see an occasional motorbike beep their way through. If you're not much into shopping but are open to tasting unique street foods then this is the place to go.

    Since this area is the Muslim section of the city, you would see some women wearing veils while men have white brimless caps but unlike Middle Easterners, they don't usually have facial hair. Their stores would also have their signs written in Chinese and Arabic (small font).

    What to buy: Shirts about Xi'an, miniature Terra Cotta figures, typical Chinese costumes and musical instruments, original Chinese food products made from dried fruits, tea, nuts, rice.

    What to pay: Haggle, haggle, haggle!

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    General shopping in East Street: Rough ideas on prices

    by lindyz Written Oct 3, 2009

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    Here is a rough idea on prices I paid for stuff bought in Xian :-

    3 pairs socks = 10rmb
    Fake CK boys undies = 12rmb each
    Internet use at Hotel = 15rmb for onehour
    2 x Terracotta Soldiers at site = 300rmb
    Various bracelets = 5-15rmb
    Mens jumper = 39rmb
    Bras = 10rmb each
    Womens pyjamas = 15rmb
    Mens fake addidas jacket = 59rmb
    Hand painted canvass shoes = 89rmb

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    General shopping in East Street: Shopping

    by lindyz Written Oct 2, 2009

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    Huge Dept. Store Mincheng I think
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    We found the shopping in Xian to be even cheaper than Beijing, but we still had to restrain ourselves as we had 20kg baggage limits on our internal flights!
    All of the shopping we did in Xian was done in East Street, and was only a short walk from our (crappy) Hotel. There were a few good Department Stores on East Street, plus lots of smaller good value shops.

    The Main Dept. Stores we went to were Kai Yuan Mall and Mincheng Department Store. Also in the Kai Yuan Mall was a fantastic Food Court up the top. Tracy and I shared a bowl of rice noodles for only 6rmb in total! The shops in both Stores were not very cheap, but there was a bargain basement in the Mincheng Store (I think!)

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    Terracotta Army Warrior Factory Shop: Licensed shop

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 5, 2009
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    Part of my Eastern Tour to the Terracotta Army Warriors included this visit to a Terracotta Army Warrior Factory where they have a license to make souvenir Terracotta Army Warrior figures. They are made from clay by hand and dried for 10 days before being fired in a kiln and we got to visit the kiln plus watched people making them. You can then buy them from the factory shop along with other items such as lacquer furniture (which we also saw being made), paintings, ceramics and carpets. Be warned that prices here are a lot higher than the markets and souvenir shops in Xian. I actually bought a set of 5 Terracotta Army Warriors from a stall at the Huaqing Hot Springs.

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    Muslim Quarter Market: Market stalls

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 5, 2009

    The area around the Great Mosque is full of market stalls especially along an alleyway known as Xiyang Shi. Here you can find souvenirs such as terracotta army warriors, paintings, shadow puppets, lanterns, tea ware, so-called antiques, Mao memorabilia, T-shirts etc. Quality really varies as most is fake so check before you buy and haggle hard!

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    Kai Yuan Shopping Mall: Opposite bell tower

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 5, 2009

    The Kai Yuan Shopping Mall, is located in the centre of the city, in front of the Bell Tower. It is one of the biggest department stores in Xian. The mall has been praised as one of the most popular shopping places and contains a McDonald's and Starbucks.

    Open: 9am-8.30pm.

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    Ancient Cultural Street: Arts and crafts shops/stalls

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 5, 2009

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    This street, known as Shu Yuan Men (Arts Street), is located on the eastern side of the South Gate. It starts from the Museum of Forest of Stone Tablets at the Wechang Gate and ends at the Hua Pagoda of the Baoqing Temple. The street is nice to walk down because it contains over 200 arts and crafts shops and over 100 stalls some of which sell calligraphy brushes of all sizes, antiques, paintings, paper cuts, and jewels.

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    Muslim Area Shopping

    by stevemt Updated Jul 24, 2009

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    This area (muslim St. and the surrounding alleys, is wonderful shopping.

    Clothes, luggage, food, souvenirs are all here for prices cheaper than Beijing

    Dont forget to haggle, it's expected.

    What to buy: Whatever you want you will find it

    What to pay: Less than Beijing

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    Muslim Quarters: Food, Fruit and Nuts

    by ecce Written Sep 24, 2008

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    lots of small shops selling a variety of 'same same' foodstuff but you can sample and select from the freshest looking food etc

    What to buy: i bought dry cakes made of beans, walnuts, almonds etc and preserved raisins, dates, figs etc.
    i wish i could pack the tiny seedless persimmons, which are made into the most delicious fried dessert with jammy fillings.

    What to pay: bargain, bargain, bargain...ALWAYS!

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    Anywhere: Haggle or Despair!

    by John195123 Updated Feb 24, 2008

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    When shopping, and this goes for anywhere in China that sells tourist souvenirs, please, please, please, haggle with the vendor. I'm not trying to suggest screwing the vendors, I'm trying to keep cheap souvenir trinkets cheap for future travelers. Of course prices will change with time, but we don't need to help them along! When I was last in China, about 8 years ago, prices were much lower, as I remember. I know they have to make a living, but there is a belief among vendors that tourists are stupid, as I've heard and experienced, and that exists because tourist pay the asking price.

    Haggling is a common part of Chinese culture and the cultures of many places- you don't need to haggle at restaurants and hotels, but for souvenirs keep in mind that if you don't haggle, that helps pave the way for higher prices. Besides, it's part of the culture, and though it's sad, it may be the only way to interact with locals if you are on a tour.

    What to buy: Recent examples:

    280 yuan for a cheaply made fake Rolex that didn't even work. The vendor girl told me "high quality, very good price for you". I bet. I know watches, I know quality. It was a terrible piece of junk that wasn't even worth the 7 yuan I offered for it... not that I wanted it, I just wanted to see the real value it had. She dropped to 20.

    60 yuan for a large chop ink pad. No way.

    260 for a large (4x6) Quotations of Mao book... down to 50- 25 from a vendor down the way.

    30 yuan for a taxi from the train station to the south gate (about 3km). Go by the meter.

    8 years ago, I bought an 800 yuan sword for 100... I could have gone lower, I bet. He made money off me, but I got a cool sword.

    On this trip we visited a painter who sold other people's work in his shop in the Muslim Quarter (on the souvenir street). He seemed like a reasonable guy who sold real work (not just stuff stamped out (or quickly painted) at factories). At least he seemed real enough, and had a different feel to him (genuine or a good act?) that felt different than the others, with no pressure or hawking.

    What to pay: I typically offer much less than half the asking price. Again, that Rolex, I offered 5, then 7. She moved from 280 to 100 to 20, and would have given me less if I pressed. I only had 7 yuan to spend, but it wasn't worth a broken watch. My current fake Rolex is much higher quality. ;) Figure out what you want to pay, then leave yourself room to come up to that number.

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  • Kangfu Lu Market: Local Market

    by Mathman Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    The prices are ridiculously cheap and you are still expected to haggle. The quality of the goods varies considerably. The area around the market, especially on Changying West Road, has some wholesale shops as well.

    What to buy: Clothes, especially jackets (very cold in winter), shoes, bags, fabric.

    What to pay: Pay less than half of the asked price, 30-40% is usual.

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    In the City Wall: Your name on rice paper

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Dec 20, 2007
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    In the City Wall you can buy from music to porcelain. Or for 100 yuan you can have your name on a rice paper along with another sign. It's already done and the caligrapher just put your name on it (picture). I chose the sign of "happiness".

    What to buy: Traditional music, a porcelain tea cup or even a table!

    What to pay: it costs 100 yuan. Maybe it's expensive but i really liked it!

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