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Old Heaven Books

A delicious bookstore specialising in cultural and academic titles, that also doubles as a music store (vinyls anyone?). Gigs sometimes take place in the adjoining cafe. Located in the northern section of the OCT-LO…
Arts & Crafts in Shēnzhèn

Dàfēn Oil Painting Village

A real eye-opener: 600 studios-cum-stores, churning out thousands of copies of Rembrandt, Renoir and Picasso paintings every week, and some original work, in laneways for all to see. Prices start from ¥200. Exit the…
Antiques in Guǎngzhōu

Xīguān Antique Street

This street sells everything from ceramic teapots to Tibetan rugs. Even if you’re not in the mood to load up your pack with ceramic vases, it’s a wonderful place in which to browse. Note that most artefacts here are…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Cháozhōu

Cháozhōu Opera Costumes & Props

Diagonally across the road from Kāiyuán Temple is this tiny shop that makes gowns, headdresses, swords, sedans and shoes for the Cháozhōu opera stage.
Clothing in Guǎngzhōu

TIT Creative Industry Zone

This fashion village on the leafy site of a communist-era textile factory has boutiques selling a variety of locally designed clothing – office wear, modern Chinese garments, European brand lookalikes, and gauzy, la…
Fashion & Accessories in Shēnzhèn

Luóhú Commercial City

An old favourite of Hong Kong day trippers, this multistorey mall, right next to the Luóhú train station, has 1000 stalls selling handbags, household fabric, clothing, accessories, knick-knacks and DVDs, as well as …
Clothing in Guǎngzhōu

Shàngxiàjiǔ Pedestrian Street

Literally 'Up Down Nine Street', this pedestrianised shopping area in one of the oldest parts of the city, where the buildings retain elements of both Western and Chinese architecture, is a good place to look for di…
Fashion & Accessories in Shēnzhèn

Kingglory Plaza

Sitting atop the Guómào metro station, this modern shopping mall is where many Hong Kong day trippers hang out. It’s more upscale than the much older Luóhú Commercial City one station away, and features local and im…
Electronics in Shēnzhèn

Huáqiáng Běi Commercial St

For electronics, Huáqiáng Běi is a living, breathing eBay, with shops and malls for blocks on end selling the latest tech gadgets, audiovisual equipment, Android tablets, Bluetooth headsets, nonbranded laptops and a…
Books in Guǎngzhōu

Fāng Suǒ Commune

Occupying some 2000 sq metres in a classy mall, this elegant bookstore also sells (pricey) clothes, homewares and coffee. There are more than 90,000 titles, mostly Chinese, including books from Taiwan.