Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, and is also sometimes referred to as Canton City, or just Canton. But the real question: how's the shopping?
Finding small establishments is easy, as many line the streets of various neighborhoods. But what makes Guangzhou unique are the large shopping malls that function as these hybrids of outlet stores and flea markets. People are selling brand name and "brand name" goods, and yes, you can barter with them.
The stereotype that you can find anything ripped off in China does hold some truth, and these malls can be a goldmine for nice looking fakes. If you worry about quality, keep in mind that these rip-off items are very likely made in the same place as the legit ones. Most people in Guangzhou speak Cantonese as opposed to Mandarin.
You will very likely be immediately recognizable as a foreigner. People in China are often friendly and outgoing, but not necessarily polite. Be confidant and open-minded and have fun!
If your Cantonese skills aren't up to the task, writing down numbers and being confidant can get you places!
Many markets/malls are underground.
The minions are in China too.
During the rainy season, rain like this is common. Be aware of this!
A lot of fun hats.
Many floors have layouts like this.
Tightly packed shops are common.
Jewelry and trinkets are common.
“writing down numbers and being confidant can get you places!”
The flag of Guangzhou
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