Shopping in Guangdong

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Shenzhen

    Old Heaven Books

    A delicious bookshop specialising in cultural and academic titles, Old Heaven also doubles as a vinyl-music shop, cafe, live venue and community creative hub. It's a great place to plug in and catch up on that travel blog over a hazelnut latte. Performances take place here during the OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival.

  • Shopping in Shenzhen

    Huaqiang Bei Commercial St

    A sizeable chunk of Shenzhen's prosperity can be traced to this vast cottage industry of tech that stretches across city blocks. Mall after mall selling every tiny electrical component imaginable has helped make Shenzhen the world's tech manufacturing hub. It's fascinating to browse around, and you'll also find stores selling all manner of cheap, 'made in Shenzhen' gadgets and gizmos.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Shenzhen

    Huaqiang Electronics World

    Miniscule spy cameras, jiving robots, e-skateboards and air-conditioned jackets (yep!) – for a sea of innovative, cut-price kidult toys, head to this multifloor electronics mall on Huaqiang Bei Commercial St. Haggling is the norm, with terrific bargains to be had.

  • Shopping in Guangzhou

    Xīguān Rénjiā

    The magpie owners here have accumulated all manner of treasures (OK, and plenty of tat), displayed in the grand surrounds of a former concession-era mansion on Shamian Island. Want an old Chinese radio for your mantelpiece? No problem. They also have postcards, Mao trinkets and other gift-y goods. Look for the 'Antique and gift shop' sign above the door.

  • Shopping in Chaozhou

    Chaozhou Opera Costumes & Props

    Diagonally across the road from Kaiyuan Temple is this tiny shop that makes gowns, headdresses, swords, sedans and shoes for the Chaozhou opera stage.

  • Shopping in Shenzhen

    Luohu Commercial City

    An old favourite of Hong Kong day trippers, this multistorey mall, right next to the Luohu border crossing, has hundreds of tiny shops selling handbags, clothing, accessories, Chinese souvenirs and more, as well as massage parlours, salons for manicures and acrylic nails, even dental clinics. Most shops are open 10.30am to 10pm.

  • Shopping in Guangzhou

    Fang Suo Commune

    Praised for its elegant design, this enticing bookstore has more than 90,000 (mostly Chinese) titles, wrapping around a central cafe. You can also find clothing, homewares and gifts. It's in the upscale Tai Koo Hui shopping mall.

  • Shopping in Guangzhou

    TIT Creative Industry Zone

    Inside the leafy compound of a communist-era textile factory are boutiques selling a variety of locally designed clothing, from office wear to lacy dresses, along with art installations and a couple of funky cafes.

  • Shopping in Guangzhou

    Fangcun Tea Market

    More for oolong aficionados than casual browsers, this is a wholesale area spanning block after block of tea shops, along with entire malls selling leaves and teaware.

  • Shopping in Guangzhou

    Tianhe Computer Markets

    You'll find hundreds of bargain-basement microelectronics retailers in shops and malls straddling this part of Tianhe Lu.

  • Shopping in Shenzhen

    Kingglory Plaza

    Though more upscale than the much older Luohu Commercial City one station away, this mall lacks the polish of those in Futian District such as Coco Park.