China Shopping Guide
By now I hope you have guessed that Tailor & Costume Street in Chengdu is a great spot for tailor-made clothing and fun costume shopping. The rumor of the ability to buy cheap, but good quality suits, formal wear, etc in China is in fact true. Even travelers who don't speak a word of Chinese should not be worried about the language barrier.
Hours:6am to 4:30pm
Address:23 Dahongmen Lu
This textile market is located in Muxiyuan and covers about 12,000 sq. meters. It houses more than 400 stands selling cloth for any creation or occasion. Find comical cotton prints, material for bedding, buttons, zippers, cotton batting and much, much more. Skip this market during the holidays—none of the vendors are from Beijing, and they typically head home for about a month.
Hours:Mon-Thu 9:30am-9:30pm;Fri-Sun 9:30am-10pm
Address:B1-18a, Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie.
This South Korea based chain is a great place for gifts ideas year-round. We love every cute and creative product on the shelves, from notebooks, desk accessories, albums and frames, to fridge posters, candlesticks, purse and shopping bag as well as cute gloves, stocks and slippers. Snapping up customized photo album is strongly recommended.
Address:4 Chongwenmen Dongdajie
This department store is stuck in the 1980s, where saleswomen wear blue uniforms and count with abacuses. Dafang has been around since 1979 and everything is the same as it was 30 years ago--décor, goods, pricees and standard Beijinghua. Old-timers come from as far as Tongzhou for bottles of six kuai skin cream.
Address:No1618 Caoan Rd, shanghai
Caoan Rd Textile market specific for textile fabric making curtains, sofa cover and tablecloth. There are over 500 vendor in the market and supply for one stop service from fabric choosing to end products.
Spend only 20% of paying in your country price can get fabulous curtains with various Metairie fabric selection.
Hours:Tue-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun-Mon 10am-6pm
Address:Rm 2207, Building 2, SOHO New Town
Based in Singapore, Daniel Rebecca tailor shop bespeaks dinner suits and evening wear, and also offers ready-to-wear clothing as well as made-to-measure and hand-made-off the peg clothes. Price ranges from RMB800 to 5,000. They also rent suits at RMB100 to 800.
Hours:8:30am to 10:30pm
Address:Carrefour Chuang Yi Jia Store, B6, Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District
When you need to replenish household goods, Carrefour is the place to go as there seems to be nothing that you cannot find here. This French-owned supermarket giant, which has a number of outlets in Beijing, stocks everything from groceries, alcohol, and canned goods, household items, toiletries and cosmetics to clothing, shoes, electrical appliances, plants, computers and
This website features an online catalog especially for babies. This is a great place to pick up strollers, rattles, socks and formula for a good price. Just one word of warning, the website is only in Chinese so you may need to consult your ayi for help.
Address:N-1-31, 3/F, Lanjinglijia Dazhongsijiaju Plaza, 23 Beisanhuan Xilu
Founded in response to their love of Chinese culture, the Jantzen’s specialize in creating oriental-styled home accessories, making it the perfect venue to pick up that sculpture lamp or feng shui fountain for that splash of style you’ve been yearning for.
Address:45. Jinbao Jie
The Taiwan based furniture brand opened its first store in Chinese mainland at Jinbao Street. Try to keep the eastern element while incorporate the noble and elegant style from Europe, Royal Life labels itself luxury neo-classism styled home furniture, and they are skilled in making antique pieces with European carving and Italian gold lacquer.