Shopping in Shenzhen FAQ,Shenzhen Shopping FAQ
Title:Can you tell me the name of a huge shopping complex with over 30000 shops in Shenzhen?
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Just watch when people changes their phone card once the train enters China —- ask those guys they probably can help.
If you are just looking for great buys that are not necessarily branded, go to Dongmen Commercial Center.
If you are looking for good branded clothes, go to MixC. That’s the biggest mall here in Shenzhen.
If you need directions, feel free to email me.
As for electronic items, yes, they are cheap, but remember, you get what you pay for. But some of the products there are good, like the “iPod” (notice the quotation marks) we bought for RMB 200 (about US$26!)… other than that, items like clothes, skirts, pants, shoes, and many more are cheap…
I also bought rice. 10Kg for 39.90 – in HK it’s typically 70.00 for 8Kg.
Corn Flakes are more expensive in China though.
Stores will stay open, even the outdoor markets…
White collars and government workers are all on vacations, but not “regular” folks in the service industry like restaurants, stores, etc. Everybody goes out, eating, shopping, hanging out with friends and family, so like Christmas in the West, it’s a good time of the year to increase your sales if you are a shop-keeper…
Edit: thanks to the person below for the tips on massage places…the hair extension thingy sounds intriguing to me…I think I’ll try that LOL
Before you buy anything, find something that you dont like and try to see how cheap you can get it. (i say something that you dont like because you don’t actually want to buy it- dont be supprised if the actual price is about 1/4 of the starting price – or less).
When hangling go about 1/4 of the starting price and always walk away – the price will drop dramically then and even when you walk away you should drop the price you are offered then.
You should always becareful of fake money especially in change. When buying things from a supermarket or large chain store use 100′s and keep the change so when shoping in markets etc you can give closest to the correct money – fakes are usually passed of in change.
Be careful of bait and switch scams – The will show you one that is good and works – then during the bargining will swap it for a fake.
Be careful of fake money – you give then a genuine 100 – they “check” it and while doing so swap it with a fake, and give the fake back to you and tell you your money is fake (I know a guy that they did this to 3 times – he was drunk).
Always use local currentcy – otherwise you pay more and really look like a stupid rich foreigner.
In these shopping areas always watch for pickpockets. wallets, bags, mobile phones and money are all snacthed often in markets, buses and on the street. Im suspicous of anyone close to me. The chinese seem to be to scared to do anything! I know people who have stood and done nothing when they have felt someone feeling around in their pocket.
If you do catch someone just stand your ground and ask for it back (speaking chinese would help). Someone tried to steal my friends handbag – she just kicked the guy in the nuts (crude but effective). If you do catch someone stealing from you or cheating you – they will probably just smile at you and pretend nothing is happening (very chinese). Check and make sure they havn’t taken anything (or cheated you) if they have you my have to use a little “force” to get it back.
What do you want to buy ?
HuaQuangBei for electonics (becareful of fakes and bait and switches scams)
Dong Men for clothes (just be careful)
Louhu – near the hong kong crossing checkpoint for most things (the prices will be higher as rent nd protection money is high here and they are selling to Hong Kong tourists – I advise to go else where)
There are a number a famous shopping centers – expensive by chinese standards but not to bad compared to US prices.
Tell me what u want to get and I’ll give you more info
I’ve decided to take my mom on a trip to China/Hong Kong.
I’m into electronics, shirts, suits.
My mom likes jewelery, clothes and handbags.
Basically, I’ve heard the following:
1) Hong Kong is the best place only for BRAND name electronics
2) Guangzhou is the best place for general shopping.
3) Shenzhen has some great places like LOU HU shopping center, DongMen district (for clothes and shoes) and “Sai Ge Electronic Mall” where all the electronic suppliers hang out.
We want get all the cheapest stuff out… so as far as I’m aware, China is a better option than HK.
The only question now is – SHENZHEN or GUANGZHOU?
I suggest Shenzen over Guangzhou, though. Just as cheap in both places, but I’ve found that it’s easier to barter and there’s better night markets.
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