Shopping in Shenzen, China
what you need...
If you plan to
get clothes made, the first rule is to keep it simple.
Choose a style that you know for sure suits you. If
you have an outfit to copy, bring it with you. If
not, draw a picture, no matter how primitive your
drawing skills. Show lapels, darts, button placement,
and so on. When being measured, be very specific as
to what you want. Tailors expect your garment to be
picked up when it's ready. There are no 2nd and 3rd
fittings in this place. This means communicating anything
important about how you want your clothes to fit you
at the first fitting.
prepared to bargain...
and handbag shops can be found all over the mall.
There is a large selection of bags in the most recent
styles to choose from. Your only problem will be to
prevent yourself from taking home a dozen. There is
one hitch, though. You will need to bargain the price
down so don't be shy!
Locals say you
should end up paying one third to one half of the
asking price. Shopkeepers are notoriously good at
negotiating and if you're not used to it and not prepared,
you'll be very frustrated. This is negotiating at
its best. Try to be positive. Don't be rushed into
the next price level. Take your time. Do a lot of
thinking. Be confident. If you can't agree on a price,
just thank them and walk away. Being positive until
the end allows both parties to save face and come
back with a lower or higher price.
are bargains galore...
Here are a few
brief ideas of what you can get: A custom tailored
silk or wool lined suit for under US$35, the equivalent
of a designer leather handbag for US$25, the latest
style of winter boots for about US$20. You'll find
loads of Chinese trinkets and folk art to bring back
home for gifts and some are so nice, you'll want
to keep them for yourself. I even had my curtains
made here for US$9 per panel including the fabric.
Remember to bring exact measurements from home if
you'd like to do the same.
Make sure to check
out the Jewelry Bazaar on the 2nd floor for fresh-water
pearls (Shop #18) and semi-precious stones, scarves
and shawls at shop 3219, women's ready-to-wear at
shop 3089. And this is just scratching the surface.
There are so many choices I'll bet you'll even be
able to find an appropriate gift for your great-aunt
so much to do and to buy, you'll wish you had planned
a longer stay and you can! Shenzhen has well priced
and luxurious 4 and 5 star hotels. One, an excellent
is a five-minute walk away. Your partner bored with
shopping? Send him or her golfing at Mission
Hills Golf Club, one of Shenzhen's world
class golf courses. A day of shopping in Shenzhen
is tough work, but what fun!
at the end of your day by having a two-hour body massage
(Under US$12) or at least a manicure (US$3). Try the
Jian Fu Mei Massage Center
at shop 4028; it's spacious, comfortable and clean.
At Jian Fu Mei,
you are given a locker and a kind of pyjama outfit
to change into. Your clothes stay on for the massage.
What an inexpensive treat and oh-h-h-h-h.... it feels
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