Top ChoiceBooks 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...

Top ChoiceElectronics 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....

Electronics 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...

Antiques 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...

Gifts & Souvenirs 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.

Fashion & Accessories 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...

Books 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...

Clothing 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.

Market 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.

Electronics in Guangzhou

Tianhe Computer Markets

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

Fashion & Accessories 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.