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Chengdu Shopping

Shopping in Chengdu China

Like all major cities in China, Chengdu is a shopper's paradise. You can pretty much buy anything and everything. There are two main shopping districts in Chengdu - The hip and popular shopping districted named "Chun Xi Lu", located close to downtown Chengdu, and another wholesale district called "He Hua Ci".

chengdu shopping chun xi lu
We're at the center of the Chun Xi Lu Shopping plaza. It's a four way intersection - in the photo, if you walk down either left or right side you will head to different directions of the district. In the back ground are department stores, and street stands promoting different sales events of the surrounding stores. On that particular day, all the stands were promoting professional wedding photos.

Chun Xi Lu Shopping District in Chengdu

Chun Xi Lu shopping district is probably many blocks in size. It's organized according to the four directions north, south, east and west, and the two main entrances to the district (where the taxi drops you off) are the north and south Chun Xi Lu. The shopping district is very clean and organized. The roads are wide and spacious, there are large commercial buildings on both sides. Only foot traffic is allowed within the shopping district - no cars are allowed.

chun xi lu night
A photo of Chun Xi Lu at night time. I'm not sure when the district closes at night, but this photo was taken at around 8pm, my guess is around 9 or 10pm. Or perhaps even later.

There are all types of shops: clothing shops, jewelry shops, beauty salons, electronics stores, department stores, restaurants, and snack food stands.

He Hua Ci - Wholesale District

This is where you find all the bargains in Chengdu. At He Hua Ci, individual shoppers, and wholesale buyers from stores gather and shop for whatever it is that they need. He Hua Ci is much larger than Chun Xi Lu, I really don't have a clue to exactly how large this place is, but I'm guessing around 20 blocks in size or larger. You'd have to spend days there just to see everything.

wholesale district in Chengdu
Photo taken at a intersection of He Hua Ci. It's hard to depict all the stores and wholesalers in the area because they're everywhere! The place is huge!

The wholesale district is organized in to categorized sections such as office supplies, footwear, clothing, sports equipment, toys, house ware, and so on. The only section I had a chance to visit is mainly the footwear and clothing sections, which took almost an entire day.

This was a photo of a footwear store at the wholesale district. I thought it was funny and interesting. I had a good laugh at the name, and the logo.

This place is a paradise for those that love to drive a hard bargain. You can bargain the price for one item, or bargain even more for multiple quantities. No price is set in stone! The best part about it, is that because the district is organized into categorized sections, the competition is extremely fierce. You'll find an entire block of merchants selling the same products. So you can easily bargain from shop to shop until you get the best price on what's already cheap products

One thing to keep in mind though, however, is that the merchants will usually try to take advantage of the shoppers - especially foreigners. So you must ask around for the prices. For example, for a pair of track pants I bought, one store had the price at $80 Yuan, another store was selling it for only $50 yuan - for the exact same pants! I still bargained it down to $40 yuan in the end. So, when you're shopping at these types of places, shop shop shop, make sure you're getting the best price.

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