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Shopping in China - outlets, shopping streets and boutiques

Going to any country, tourists certainly want to bring home something that would convey the national flavor and cause pleasant associations. China offers a wide selection of traditional souvenirs, authentic goods, which can be found in ancient markets, expensive boutiques and shops throughout the country. Typically, shops are open from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM and offer a broad range of products. Private shops may work until 10:00 PM so that anyone can find everything they need at a convenient time.
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Bailian Zhonghuan Mall is the largest shopping center in Shanghai. Here you can buy branded clothes from major European brands - Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc., but the price will be higher than in Europe due to high tax rates. Beijing Great Gold Mall in the vicinity of Beijing is a six-story building where one can find products for every taste and purse. It houses boutiques of famous Chinese and European brands, but it is not very convenient to reach them due to the mall's remoteness from the center.
New South China Mall in Dongguan is the world's largest shopping mall. The building's Interior is very original. The mall is divided into seven thematic zones designed in the style of different corners of the planet: Paris, Rome, Venice, Egypt, the Caribbean, etc. However, the project hasn't paid for itself, so most of the pavilions are currently empty, and the parking has been converted into a go-kart track. In Guangzhou, the largest shopping center Teem Mall offers visitors shops, food courts, fitness center, entertainment for children, great opportunities for holding business conferences. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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On the outskirts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, there are outlets where you can find clothes and shoes of excellent quality at reasonable prices. Scitech Premium Outlet Mall in Beijing attracts tourists not with sales of up to 80% during the right season, but also with an unusual neoclassical-style interior with colored columns. Citygate Outlets in Hong Kong is the largest center where you can find products from famous European brands at competitive prices. When shopping in China, keep in mind that good-quality goods may be expensive, and many of them require export permission, which is only issued in special stores.
The famous Silk Market is located in Beijing. It is actually a large shopping mall where you can buy excellent-quality silk and products made of it, as well as wallets and bags from genuine leather. Here you can and should bargain - goods are often overpriced for foreigners. In Hong Kong, Jade Market offers jade products: jewelry, amulets. A symbol of this place is a three-ton jade block standing at the beginning of the street.
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Throughout the country, you can find street markets full of traditional Chinese souvenirs: hand fans, rice paper, porcelain figurines. Chinese tea is another popular gift. Fangcun Market in Guangzhou is the largest complex, which includes more than three thousand shops and occupies several quarters. Different varieties of black and green tea, Pu-erh, Oolong are sold here. The price varies from one to several thousand US dollars. In the same place, you can buy tea ceremony sets.
The Temple of Heaven is the main goal of many foreign tourists. It is a popular pearl market in Beijing where you can buy jewelry without fear of fakes. Porcelains deserve special attention - traditionally painted Chinaware is sure to decorate any interior. For antiques, it's best to go to Dongtai Lu Antique Market in Shanghai where tourists are offered a huge selection of antiques: bamboo rosary, watches, jewelry, books, and much more. On the night market on Temple Street in Hong Kong, besides shopping, you can entertain yourself chatting with speaking parrots and meeting representatives of the oldest profession. This street is known from many scenes in films about gangsters.
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Among other things, from China, you can bring natural cosmetics, as well as medications and drugs sold in local pharmacies. Ginseng and donkey gelatin are recommended for strengthening the immune system. A shopping trip to China should be planned with taking into account sales that usually fall on public holidays: October 1, May 1, Chinese New Year (January 21 - February 21). The only European tradition is Christmas sales in mid-December.
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Shopping malls, boutiques and outlets in top cities of China

Shanghai
Tourists are usually taken to the main shopping streets – Huanghai, Beisichuan, and Nanjing. However, it is recommended to try to find places for shopping on your own. Prices are usually much higher on tourist routes but the quality of products is low here. New World City, Raffles City Shanghai, Shanghai Fashion Store, and Super Brand Mall are worth visiting from major shopping centers. These are the most popular centers. If shopping for you is just part of the entertainment program but not … Read more
Beijing
One of the most popular markets in Beijing is Yabaolu. At this huge market you can buy everything from clothing and footwear to electronics and unique souvenirs. Yabaolu is located close to the center of Beijing, it houses three large buildings. There is a huge selection of cafes and restaurants in its close vicinity, so you can always relax and refresh yourself after shopping. A large number of fur salons is an important feature of the market. Here, you can buy classy fur coats at relatively … Read more
Hangzhou
Unfortunately, most sellers do not know English. If you don't speak Chinese, you should definitely install the app on your phone. It allows you to translate hieroglyphs. Unfortunately, instructions in English, French, or any other European language are simply not attached to many interesting local products. Please note that the price, especially for souvenirs, is not final in markets and small stores. It is customary to bargain here. If you don't know the language, you should write the amount … Read more
Xiamen
The number of shopping centers has only been increasing in the city in the last few decades. Also, more and more new stores appear here. Their range includes souvenirs, clothing, footwear, and electronics from leading Chinese and world brands. There are all opportunities for full shopping here. The vast majority of large stores are concentrated in the five largest retail areas in Xiamen. Zhongshan Road is one of the most popular places. It was built using a rather interesting style at the … Read more
Chengdu
But the language barrier will not prevent you from bargaining. Local sellers are good at bargaining. The main thing is not to exert pressure. It is not necessary to try to underestimate the price too much and not to be zealous in criticism of the goods. It is necessary to bargain in the markets and in all stores where there is no cash register. Be sure to argue about the price near the attractions. There are always a lot of tourists there. Local sellers inflate the cost of goods almost three … Read more

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