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China is a fantastic shopping destination. From bamboo chopsticks to Cultural Revolution memorabilia, whatever your interest, you're bound to be able to buy it in China. As the world's factory, you can find just about anything.

Unique china Shops

China is an ideal and fantastic shopping destination. Foreign tourists to China can not only visit the brilliant cultural sites but also buy the articles full of unique flavor. They like these artistic, interesting and practical products. Some make a special trip to China to buy them. From unique chopsticks to sliver silk, whatever, you can do it in china.   
 

Don't buy everything in the first day or two.  Each city has its own specialty.  Some of the best buys are: 
Beijing:  Cloisonne; Fresh water pearls

Beijing Shopping
Just a few years ago there were only a few department stores and small bazaars in Beijing, but now there are many superstores, mega-malls and markets where you can buy just about anything you need.     Read more...


Xi'an:  Replicas of the Terra Cotta soldiers; Tangsancai ( Tang Dynasty hand painted China); Antique Furniture

Xi'an Shopping
The scope for Shopping in Xian is vast, with everything from quaint little street stalls to the modern mega malls. Traditional Chinese crafts and local souvenirs are the order of the day.  Read more...

Shanghai:  Silk carpets

Shanghai Shopping
Part of Shanghai's appeal lies in its extensively vibrant shopping environment. Whether you’re looking for local novelty items or international brand names, you can be sure to find them here. Read more...


Hangzhou:  Longjing Tea; Silk

Hangzhou Shopping 
Since ancient times, Hangzhou has been known as a "paradise for shopping" in southeast China, with a large number of pearls and silk shops, and merchants from all over the country. Hangzhou's silk   Read more...


Suzhou:  Silk    Su embroidery

Shopping in Suzhou|
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Guilin:  Scroll paintings; China Southern Sea Pearls

 Shopping in Guilin 
Like all of China's major cities, Guilin is a shopper's paradise. Shoppers in this city can purchase anything from tea and clothing, to local arts and crafts. Guilin has three main shopping districts   Read more...


Yunnan:  Mounted Butterflies; Pure tea; Dali Batik (tie-dyed fabric)

Shopping in Yunnan
Yunnan is famed as a plant kingdom, animal kingdom and mineral treasure-house. Famous for Chinese herbal materials, tobacco leaves, and jewelry, the variety and range of goods available here is vast.  Read more...


Xinjiang:  Carpets; jade articles

Shopping in Urumqi ,Xinjiang Urumchi most heavy mart lie in the cross area of liberate way and democratic way, Zhongshan way crossing. Various types of centralized and big and small markets here, the goods are a feast for the eyes,Read more...


Tibet:  Thang-ka(tanka)(Sheep skin wall hangings) 

Shopping in Tibet
Despite of enjoying Tibet's fantastic sights, shopping is another great choice. The great charm of the local culture, religion, art and folklore has made Tibet great place for picking up spectacular souvenirs.  Read more...

 

Chinese Arts It is common knowledge that China has a long history and glorious history in both arts and traditional crafts. These are just two of the many jewels in China's over five thousand-year culture.Read more...

 

Shopping is not obligatory
Don't feel obligated to shop. Our guides offer shopping opportunities as a courtesy but if you're not interested, say so.  Some of them may be quite enthusiastic, thinking this is what you want, so don't be embarrassed to tell them directly and immediately that you don't want to go shopping. You'll often find several attendants trying to help you make a purchase. This doesn't mean you have to buy; it's OK to say no, or just to look.

Be cautious of fake items
Shopping is great in China and you can expect to be able to buy many things at a much better price that at home. Please however be warned that if a bargain price for a world famous brand seems too good to be true…….. it probably is!

Antique buyers should know that many experts have been disappointed to find that their find of a lifetime is beautiful but fake. Antiques should be officially certified to be exported legally. The penalties are severe. Keep all receipts, certificates and official documents that are received when you purchase any antiques. Antiques are those items over 120 years of age.

Bargaining
Bargaining is acceptable in most Chinese stores, except in the supermarket or some shopping malls in which the goods have clear fixed prices and the staff is not allowed to grant discretionary markdowns. Try bargaining every time you shop; you may get a great price reduction and enjoy the fun and pleasure of shopping.

In bargaing with the seller, stay relaxed but always polite. Be patient and unflappable to facilitate the bargaining process. There are some skills that can be used in the course of bargaining:

1. Deciding how low to begin your side of the bargaining depends on what you're shopping for. Typically, if shopping for inexpensive items, I'll go 25-50%. For example, a porcelain tea cup should probably be about 25rmb (US$ 3). If the seller asks for 50rmb, I'll offer 15rmb and work up from there. If the item is very expensive, it's better to start lower, say 10% of the asking price, so you have more room to maneuver. There's nothing more disappointing in a bargaining game than starting too high.

2. Never express how much you like the things you want to buy, as the seller may use this information to jack up the price. Pretend to be casual and indifferent while strolling around in the shops.

3. Try to find and point out as many flaws as possible in the product. The seller will always describe its excellence and will avoid talking about blemishes; but no product is completely perfect, and you should learn to identify all the flaws in order to gain bargaining leverage. In response, the seller may reduce his asking price.

4. Take some time when choosing and comparing the goods before you propose the price you wish. In this situation, the seller may compromise with you.

5. Pretend to walk away. Generally, this skill works quite well in most shopping places. If the price proposed by the seller is still unacceptable and outside your budget, you can use the walk away technique. Usually, you will be called back again, and the price you offer may be accepted by the shopkeeper.

6. Paying with small change is preferred. I love the Walk Away and I find in big touristy places like Panjiayuan Market or Pearl's Circles, it usually works quite well. After you reach an impasse and the price is still too high, I give my final offer and walk away slowly but looking pointedly at other items. Usually I'm called back. Sometimes I'm not and I have to live with the disappointment or put my tail between my legs and go back to pay a higher price.

7. Try to wear plain clothes without jewelry. If your clothes and ornaments make you appear to be rich, the price proposed by the seller will accordingly be a little higher. But this is not a must and should not prevent you from being be yourself.

8. Speaking a little Chinese may be very helpful. To overcome the language obstacles when communicating with the Chinese shopkeeper, you will benefit from learning some everyday Chinese phrases about shopping like 'Ni Hao' (Hello!), 'Duo Shao Qian?' (How much?) as well as 'Pian Yi Dian?' (Can you give me this for cheaper?). Do not worry about speaking Chinese fluently. A calculator or a paper and pen held in the seller's hand may ease the communication of prices between you.

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Don't carry large denominations and always pay with exact change:
Certainly, the vendor likes to peer into your wallet to see how many 100rmb (US$ 12) notes you have stacked inside, but she's not going to suddenly change her price when she sees you could have paid double. I've never had an issue getting change or being yelled at for having more money than I claimed.

Make sure that you get the things you buy at prices you are satisfied with, and that the products are flawless and the ones you prefer. It is possible that you will take pleasure in practicing the exciting art of bargaining.
Travelers' Voices on Bargaining

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You should check the import restrictions in your home country as some items may attract tax on arrival in your home country, especially if it is mailed or shipped separately.

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