Whether you’re eyeing the latest fashion apparel or electronic gadget, the friendly, bustling city of SHENZEN has it all – and in abundance!
Over the years, Shenzhen has grown from a place to shop for cheap China-made products and knock-offs to becoming an economic powerhouse and China’s Silicon Valley. One classic success story is the company DJI whose drones and hand-held video cameras captured 70 per cent of global market share. Today, when you visit Shenzhen for shopping, there is a staggering variety of products to choose from.
Besides electronic gadgets and smart phones, the city is also famous for fashion apparels and accessories. There are so many shopping malls within the city that it would take you more than a week to visit all of them. In this guide, we make it easier by pointing you to the top shopping spots within the city.
Luohu Commercial City (Luohu shangye cheng) is a favourite among Hong Kong day-trippers as it is conveniently located near the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border crossing. The six-storey mall has everything you can possibly think of – from clothes, bags and fashion accessories to electronics, jade items and tailor-made suits. Although prices are cheaper compared with Hong Kong, you should still bargain hard. Locals will tell you that better bargains can be found elsewhere in the city.
If you prefer higher-end luxury items, head towards King Glory Plaza about 2km north of Luohu. Within the 10-storey mall, you will find familiar names such as Anteprima, Cerruti, Hugo Boss and Versace, among many others. Just 2km west of King Glory is another mall famous for expensive luxury brands called The MixC.
From King Glory, if you head just a kilometre north, you will arrive at the popular Dongmen shopping district which includes the East Gate Shopping Mall, a pedestrian street and plenty of street food. The Dongmen area is usually crowded with young people especially after working hours and the shops sell more of the same things including bags, fashion apparels and accessories, electronics, smartphones and video games.
About 6km west of Luohu is the famous Shenzhen Electronics Market or Huaqiang Bei Commercial Street which is a haven for gadget lovers. You can start at SEG Plaza, the sixth tallest building in Shenzhen, and work your way to the other buildings such as Huaqiang Electronics World and Yuangwang Digital Mall. If you are a gadget lover, you can easily lose track of time in this area as there is a staggering variety of items to check out – from cameras, drones and computers to electronic games, smartphones and phone accessories.
Coco Park is a highly rated shopping mall located at the commercial heart of Shenzhen. Not only is it a popular place for trendy locals but it’s also a watering hole for office workers from the nearby CBD. Inside or outside the mall, you will find plenty of dining options including a “bar street” lined with pubs and night clubs.
Located at the west end of the city is O’Plaza Mall at OCT Harbour which is a relatively new leisure destination with many shops selling mid- to high-end luxury brands, cinemas, an aquarium and a play centre for children. Not to be missed is the DJI Flagship Store (East No. 8 Baishi Road, Nanshan) near OCT Harbour where you can not only see but also get a hands-on experience with DJI’s range of products including drones, hand-held video cameras and robotic toys.
AirAsia and Shenzhen Airlines offer direct flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport as do a number of other airlines. Travel time is approximately 4.5 hours.
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You may be tempted to buy a China-made smartphone which is cheaper compared with other countries but do bear in mind that the phone comes with Chinese apps pre-installed and they cannot be deleted. Also you may not be able to install Google apps (including Play Store) in a China-made smartphone. Some of the “smart” video cameras and gadgets are meant for domestic use and come with apps that can only be installed in a Chinese-version smartphone, so remember to check for compatibility before buying.
As a foreigner, you will be a target for street scammers especially along the busy shopping districts, so be cautious when strangers walk up to you with all kinds of offers.
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