Roast meat, Siu Mei, is a popular item in Cantonese cuisine. Stalls like this are common place in market areas, featuring roast duck, char siu pork and other styles. This shop also features Qingyuan style chicken (the yellow chickens)
a farmers market in Guangdong. Locals love fresh produce and will shop daily.
A shopping market packed inside the historic buildings surrounding the Confucius Temple makes for a popular place to visit in Nanjing, be it night or day.
It was night when we first strolled into the area and after strolling past the traditional old Chinese gate and past the Pizza Hut, KFC and various clothes shops that have wiggled there way into the old buildings we where met with a river alight with color.
Cobblestone streets run alongside the river and old stone bridges run across which made a perfect place to enjoy the colorful display of lights on show and the performace taking place on the boat. Not sure if it happens every night but it was on this particular Sunday night.
Here is another one of those traditional Chinese shopping districts that I’ve come to admire, they span for block after block, most of them have been operating for centuries, they’re vibrant, teaming with life, and they’re packed with keen sellers waiting to do deals. These traditional market places have soul, and character that the modern shopping complexes just don’t have. And the Dongmen market area of Shenzhen is no different.
On my first visit I was looking for ‘Dongmen Pedestrian Street’, expecting a casual automobile-less street with some shops, but what I found was more like a ‘shopping suburb’ spanning several blocks including countless brand name shops, several multi level malls, several multi level markets, food streets, public spaces, ad-hoc stalls set up in alley ways and in every nook and cranny possible. Such is the expanse of this shopping district it needs three KFC’s!
Many Chinese mainlanders visit Hong Kong for one simple reason, shopping. This mainly due to many items in Hong Kong being tax free. Hong Kong has a mix of modern retail departments stores, big luxury brand stores, shopping streets through to street markets.
One of the main shopping destinations is Harbour City which is the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong featuring over 700 shops. It stretches along the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui and has a floor area of 2 million square feet! Along it’s Canton Road frontage their are the big luxury brand name stores including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Channel, Dolce & Gabbana, Boss, Armani, Chanel, Hermes and more! Moving inside there’s a range of womens and mens fashion stores, beauty products, baby products, kids clothes and toys, sportswear and also a hotel and 2 cinemas. There’s also plenty of restaurants in the building too.
If you walk around the major shopping areas like Nanjing Rd, get ready for the constant approaches from hawkers trying to lure you to their shop.
I was just minding my own business, walking along the famous shopping strip that’s Nanjing Rd and I this guy jumps in my face asking “what do you want, dvd, t-shirt…jeans you want, i phone, copy market sir, come to the copy market” and they are persistent, they keep badgering until you look them in the eye and say a firm ‘no thanks’.
Well known and well visited by tourists, the Silk Market is seven floors of clothing, shoes, bags, fashion accessories, leather goods, traditional Chinese crafts, calligraphy, carpets, home fabrics, paintings, hand-knitted dresses, toys, trinkets and souvenirs, fine jewellery and more. There are also plenty of custom tailors for suits etc.etc. Most stall operators speak english.
Apparently the market operators are trying to clean up the image of Silk Street, and there’s plenty of signage around the market about ‘buying with confidence’ and the ability to return goods if not satisfied, and they are also trying to remove sellers of brand name copies, fake goods and the like. I think it’s safe to ignore this, and consider everything to be fake, and that once you hand over the cash, you own it.
Sanlitun Yashou Clothing Market is five floors of clothing and fashion (notice its name can sometimes be translated as Ya Show or Yashou or even Yaxui!). Including mens and womens clothes, suits, womens bags, luggage bags, leather goods, shoes and more. It’s located right next door to Sanlitun Village, a new and ultra modern shopping complex featuring many big brand name stores.
Inside the five storey building is jam packed with independently operated market stalls with staff that wont let you past with you knowing what they have for sale! But note, if you see anything here with a brand name on it at Yashow Clothing Market, check the authenticity.