ActivityEverything You Need to Know About Shopping in Guangzhou

From markets to malls explore Guangzhou's famous shopping

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The capital of the Guangdong Province, Guangzhou is a place where old Qilou buildings rub shoulders with state-of-the-art architecture. For discerning shoppers the city is one of China’s most exciting retail destinations. From shimmering malls and centuries-old markets to vibrant high streets bursting with life, Guangzhou delivers an enticingly eclectic shopping experience. Whether you’re seeking uniquely local handicrafts or the world’s finest luxury brands, our guide to shopping in Guangzhou points you in the right direction.

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WHERE TO FIND… Everyday Essentials

Guangzhou’s main shopping thoroughfare, Beijing Road, runs north from the Zhujiang River. It’s Guangzhou’s equivalent of London’s Oxford Street or New York’s Times Square - all dazzling neon lights, crimson lanterns and fast-moving pedestrians. Amid the electric atmosphere there’s a mixture of internationally-recognised brand names alongside their Chinese counterparts. Within Beijing Road’s malls, stores and hawker stalls, you’ll find everything here from clothing, footwear, souvenirs, trinkets and even a bit of Guangzhou history; underground archaeological sites can be viewed through plexi-glass from above.

One of Guangzhou’s biggest and newest malls, Teemall in Tianhe is a great place for mid-range, everyday brands like Apple, Lacoste and Sephora. The mega complex has a floor entirely dedicated to electronics, one for entertainment and one for beauty. To keep any kids in tow entertained, Teemall has a gaming centre and cinema too.

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WHERE TO FIND… Beautiful Local Crafts

With its delicate floral motifs and smooth satin finish, Chinese embroidery is utterly beguiling and has been a local art for thousands of years. From decorated cushions to lavishly-adorned dresses, the finest Chinese embroidery can be found at Guangxiuzhuang in the Yuexiu district.

Dating back to the Qing Dynasty, Hualin Jade Market is a vast throng of shops and stalls where you can pick up one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets, pendants and ornaments. On most of the stalls you’ll even see craftspeople at work creating their wares. The atmosphere at Hualin Jade Market is always buzzing and it’s worth a visit for that alone.

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Guangzhou Wende Lu is a road entirely dedicated the classic Chinese art of calligraphy. A lively bazaar bursting with creativity, budding calligraphists will find all the tools they need like brushes, ink and paper. Stationery aside, there’s plenty of paintings and curios to peruse and purchase on Guangzhou Wende Lu too.

Spanning an incredible 20,000 square meters, Fangcun Tea Market is one of the biggest and best in China, and a tea connoisseur’s dream. It’s worth spending an afternoon wandering round the indoor market to sample rare and exotic teas from plantations all over China. Complement your purchase with some pretty accoutrements, such as pots, cups and trays.

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WHERE TO FIND… Luxury Goods

There are seemingly endless malls in Guangzhou, but for shopping the finest luxury items, you only need to visit one; Taikoo Hui. Located in Guangzhou’s Tianhe district – and just a 20-minute walk from Jumeirah Living Guangzhou - Taikoo Hui has everything for luxury brand lovers under one roof. Home to over 180 of the most covetable designers from Gucci and Prada to Louis Vuitton, it’s Guangzhou’s premiere destination for prestige goods - in fact there are few luxury designers it doesn’t stock. At Taikoo Hui you can pick up statement jewellery at Cartier and Bvlgari or suave accessories at Dunhill and Chanel. With its sweeping, optical illusioned escalators the mall itself is a thing of architectural beauty too.