Shopping is something I cannot live without, hence why this blog is aptly called Mich eats and shops. Although I’m now trying to limit the amount I spend on my shopping binges (thanks mostly to ghastly consequences portrayed in Confessions of a Shopaholic), I have still managed to gain quite a sizeable knowledge of where to go when you need a shopping fix in Guangzhou.
1. Shipaiqiao Metro Station (石牌桥站) Let’s start with the place where you can find most of the international brands that are familiar to foreigners. Looking for Zara, Mango, Sephora, H&M, and L’Occitane? Want to indulge in Chanel or Louis Vuitton? Then go to Shipaiqiao (line 3). Take exit A to go to OneLink Walk, where you can Zara and Mango or take the exit that leads you straight to Taikoo Hui, where you can find Sephora and luxury brands like Chanel. You can also go from exit A and walk along the street, past Zara then Mango, towards Grandview Mall (beside Marriot Hotel). There, you can find H&M, Ochirly, and the Nike Brand Experience store.
2. Changshou Lu Station (长寿路站)
If you’re looking for a cultural as well as a great shopping experience, then Changshou Lu (Line 1) is the place to go. I usually start my journey at exit E (Hengbao Plaza) so I can get the full experience, but you can go straight to Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (the heart of the area) by taking exit D1. Located in the old part of Guangzhou, you will not only get a feel of local shopping (brace yourself for the mix of sights, sounds, and smells that will assault your senses), but you will also get to see beautiful Xiguan old houses. These are old mansions built by wealthy merchants during the Qing Dynasty, when Guangzhou was a major trade hub between China and the West. Here, you can find cheap clothes (think 20 to 30 rmb for a skirt or top), eat and shop for local food, and just walk around to see the sights. When you’re done with shopping, you can go to Chen Clan Academy (another must-see attraction in Guangzhou) since it’s only one station away.
3. Guangzhou Railway Station (广州火车站)
Guangzhou is home to a lot of wholesalers and you can find several of them in Guangzhou Railway Station (interchange between Line 5 and Line 2). Take exit F and turn right going uphill when you reach McDonald’s. If you’re interested in starting your own buy and sell business, this is a good place to start looking as there are several shops here offering fashion items at wholesale prizes. This is also the place where you can find replicas of most branded items from bags and eyewear to shoes and clothes.
4. Haizhu Square (海珠广场站)
Another destination that’s popular among wholesalers is Haizhu Square (interchange between line 2 and 6), particularly Yide Street. In fact, this article from Life of Guangzhou, shows the many places where you can find floor upon floor of shoes, accessories, souvenirs, and home decor in Haizhu Square. Although most shops here sell in massive quantities, several shops also sell individual items (at higher costs of course).
5. Huangcun Station (黄村站)
This is the terminus station for line 4 and was once called the Olympic Sports Center station because it’s situated right beside Guangzhou’s Olympic Stadium (village) where the 2010 Asian Games was held. This is also where you can find loads of options for sporting goods and equipment. Just take exit b, stand facing the stadium, turn right then walk straight (past basketball courts and football fields) until you reach the GTLand mall complex. You can’t miss it as there’s a massive Decathlon sign as well as an amusement park in it. Aside from a 2-storey Decathlon that’s thrice the size of the one in Liede, you can also find outlet stores for Nike, Adidas, Li-Ning and many more in the yellow mall beside Decathlon.
6. Online Shopping
Last but not the least, you can shop from the convenience of your home by going online. I’m a huge fan of Taobao, JD.com, tmall.com and Amazon. You can find everything you need online and they get delivered straight to your doorstep. Sometimes, they even do same-day delivery, which is just amazing for me! Just recently, I got the skirt the I’m wearing in my photos here from walktrendy.com. They have some very nice items on their site, but I chose this skirt as it reminded me of one I really liked from Miss Selfridge. Once my order was processed and shipped, I got my skirt the next day! That’s really fast!
Some advice, though: check the reviews for items before buying to get an idea about its quality. Although the reviews are in Chinese, you can use Google Translate to get the gist of the comments. Sometimes, the actual items do not match the photos so reading the reviews can really help.
Hope this list helped fellow shopaholics in Guangzhou. Enjoy your shopping and if you have other places to recommend, then do let me know about them in the comments section. 🙂