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Old School Shopping—An Introduction to Guangzhou's
Markets
Jun 10, 2011

By Beth Green, eChinacities.com

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For centuries, Guangzhou's markets have enticed travelers. Unlike the
Western shopping culture that bred the department store where a
variety of goods are available under one roof, in ancient Asia
tradesmen would base themselves and their wares around a particular

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a warren of small stalls selling silk flowers. Getting There: By subway: Take metro line 2 to Guangzhou Railway Station metro stop. Maximising Your Weekend: Friday Night Specials in Guangzhou Friday nights don’t have to be so expensive if you seek out the good deals and get your money’s worth. multi-cultural. 5) Haizhu Square and its vicinity The area around Haizhu Square is full of shopping opportunities. Indeed. Across Jiefang Zhong Lu from the shoe shops you can find Daxin Lu Music Instruments Street. Keywords: Guangzhou shopping street markets of Guangzhou qingping street market old Guangzhou markets. An American Salsero investigates Latin dance in Guangzhou and discovers a warm and inviting salsa community. dance scene. Boogie Nights: Latin Dance in Guangzhou Guangzhou has had a thriving dance scene since 2007. 6) Zhanxi Lu Fashion Street 站⻄西路 Behind the Guangzhou Long Distance Bus Station is the Zhanxi Lu Fashion Street as well as a huge market dealing in watches and timepieces. Getting There: By subway: Take metro line 1 to Haizhu Guangchang Station. Here musical instruments ranging from the violin to the gu zheng will keep any music lover happy. and when and where to go to find them. Directly across the street from exit D of Haizhu Guangchang station on line 1 is the Haizhu Accessories Market. Here are a few places to enjoy sky dining in Guangzhou.. the surrounding one-kilometer radius is home to African businesses and other visible minorities. day or night. holiday decorations and a huge variety of other small things. costume jewellery. Go East and Prosper: Africans Communities in Guangzhou Standing between the junction of Xiaobei Lu and Huanshi Lu. while watch shops are mostly along the east end of the street. a multilevel building full of footwear that takes up most of the block. With each passing year. Wholesalers and retail vendors sit side by side selling men's and women's fashion from the multilevel malls that line the west end of the street. The city’s various Latin dance nights have become a meeting point for Guangzhou’s tight knit. Here is a compilation of some of Friday’s best deals. Try Something Different: Wacky and Unusual Guangzhou Museums Guangzhou’s museum scene is ever changing. 0 Comments ( Add your comment ) . 0 Comments >> Write a Comment Share this Article: More 2 Back to City Features list>> You might also be interested in Rising to the Occasion: Great Bakeries and Desserts in Guangzhou This article introduces some of Guangzhou’s best bakeries. Exit F. These are some of the more unusual themed museums that Guangzhou has on offer. this area of the city has always been considered the most multicultural district. for a real mix of Western and local baked goods. Across Yide Lu from the accessories market is the Guangzhou Metropolis Shoes City.. Food Fit For Gods: Sky Dining in Guangzhou Guangzhou’s skyline is littered with massive high-rises and what better way to experience the city. with its museums becoming increasingly bigger and more architecturally challenging.right on Wende Lu. Walk up the small hill past the post office. the African community is . then from high up in one of these towers. of the sweet and savory kind.

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