Alternative Shopping Paradise in Guangzhou, China

When it comes to shopping, most people will think of Bangkok. Little do they know that there’s a hidden gem in Guangzhou, too. From the bargain hunters to the window shopper, you are guaranteed to find a place that will fit your needs.

Think creating memories by bargaining for great deals (we live for cheap thrills like these right?) and buy in bulk at wholesale shopping centres. Not a bargain junkie? Enjoy window shopping around Guangzhou’s underground malls or head down to Zhujiang area (珠江新城) and feast your eyes on the scenic area there.

Fashion Tianhe Commercial Plaza 时尚天河商业广场

Located beneath Tianhe Sports Centre, Fashion Tianhe Commercial Plaza is all about keeping up with trending youth fashion. Akin to our Bugis Street, expect to bag home great finds and deals. Plus, you have to check out the shopping establishment’s unique themed interior design that is not only interesting to explore but is totally worth coming for (you know, for the ‘gram).

How to get there: Take the metro line 1 or 3 to Tianhe Sports Center Station.

Tian He Chen (TeeMall) 天河城商业区

For a satisfying dose of retail therapy, check out one of the biggest and most modern shopping malls in Guangzhou that is TeeMall. The family-friendly shopping paradise comes packed with entertainment and food options like local and international restaurants, KTV joints, movie theatre, gaming centres and other popular relaxation spots. Sounds like a great family day out?

How to get there: Take Line 5 or 3 and get off at Tiyu West Road Station.

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

Boasting a perfect blend of both European and Chinese elements, Guangzhou’s central pedestrian street composed of unique and historical architecture.

Found at Guangzhou Liwan District, the famed shopping street attracts locals and tourists alike thanks to its cultural atmosphere and affordable finds. Be prepared to bargain as the vendors may raise the prices slightly.

How to get there: The nearest metro stations are Changshou Road on Line 1 and Culture Park on Line 6. However, both stations require about a 10-minute walk from the pedestrian street, so make sure you are well rested before coming here.

The Wholesale Clothing & Fashion Markets

Love bargaining and clinching good deals? Come over to the area around Guangzhou Railway Station, where most of Guangzhou’s wholesale shopping mall are. Here, you can find clothes, electronics, children’s clothes and fashion accessories. Note that most of them are sold in bulk only.

We like that many of them have inviting clearance sections and are willing to sell one-time purchases. Most stores will be open from 10am and close at 6pm.

How to get there: Take Metro Line 1, Line 2 or Line 5 and get off at Guangzhou Railway Station.

Insider tip: Unsure on how to start bargaining? Try quoting half the price given to you by the owner. What we’ll do: Tell them that you are able to find it cheaper elsewhere (within the area). We’d recommend doing some background search to prevent overpaying.

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