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Guilin Shopping

Where to Shop and What to Buy in Guilin

There can't really be an international tour without at least a few hours of shopping, can it? If you agree, you might want to know more about the kind of shopping you can do while you're in Guilin.

Guilin is quite famous for its art and handicrafts that you can buy at extremely reasonable – sometimes even bargain – prices. Most of these products are locally made by artisans and small shop owners, and they cover a wide range of objects right from porcelain, paper umbrella, pottery, and salt water pearls to medicinal material and the local edible products such as bean curd and water chestnuts.

Of course, these aren't the only things Guilin has to offer. There are also a number of large and modern department stores where you can find a number of things such as clothes, shoes, bags, etc. In other words, while you're in Guilin, you'll be able to buy whatever you want – be it some local Chinese item you want as a souvenir or some utility item you need while on the trip.

Here are some of the places that you might want to check out in Guilin:

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Artistic Pottery and Porcelain Factory

Yep, another art destination. After all, art doesn't stop at paintings, does it? This is one of the largest factories specifically catering to porcelain ware and artistic pottery. Those into exploring the culture of a civilization would find a goldmine of art here that's an integral part of the Chinese culture.

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:30
  • Address: 72 Seven Star Rd. Guilin

Ba Gui Da Sha

Ba Gui Da Sha, a center specifically for food and clothes also lies on the Zhongshan Road towards the west. It features a large number of stores selling different kinds of clothing across three floors. Moreover, you can also bargain here as much as you want – when buying things other than food. And mind you, the stand up comedian Russel Peters is probably right about how tough Chinese shop owners can be in terms of bargain. Regardless of what they say, try your best to bring the price down, and you might just be surprised! 

The fourth floor in the Ba Gui Da Sha is specifically reserved for food, and it's named as “Hao Da Ma Cate Plaza.”

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
  • Address: 29 Zhongshan Road Middle

Fuli Town

You can't imagine coming back from China and not bringing one of their famous paper fans, can you? Fuli, the town that impressed even the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, is famous over the world for its hand-made and painted paper fans.

When you visit this town, however, do remember to keep your belongings safe and travel light – as this town is just as popular among pick pockets looking to make a quick buck at the expense of an unsuspecting tourist.

  • Opening Hours: All day
  • Location: 8 km east of a town named Yangshuo

Guilin Baguizai Calligraphy & Painting Store

This place features all the local art and calligraphy that you can choose from. This is a popular place for tourists who wish to take home something that has a uniquely Chinese identity.

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 - 21:15
  • Location: Nanlu, Ronghu

Guilin Book City

This is the largest store for books in all of Guilin, and it features a rich collection of local as well as international books. Perhaps not many tourists would be interested in reading books written in Chinese, however, you can definitely purchase a number of other things such as guides, maps, stationery, and videos.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:30
  • Location: At a 2 minutes walk from the City Central Square towards north on Zhongshan Road
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Guilin China Calligraphy & Painting Exhibition Room

If you are planning to take home a memorabilia from China, why stop yourself at just one art and calligraphy store, right? With that thought, here's another interesting place for the art enthusiasts out there. This exhibition room features a large collection of oil paintings as well as ink paintings created by local artists.

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 - 21:15
  • Address: #1 Beilu, Shanhu

Guilin Department Store

This one too is a very large shopping mall-like store with seven floors of space allowing for a very large number of items that are sold to both tourists and the local residents of Guilin.

Each floor features a different set of items just like any other mall. For example, the basement has a very popular food street; the first level contains stuff like clothes, bags, caps, etc.; the third floor is focused more on fashion rather than general clothing merchandise; the fourth floor is focused on sports goods and the likes; and the sixth floor features a gaming zone.

  • Opening Hours: 19:30 - 23:00 daily
  • Address: 122 Zhongshan Road Middle
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Niko Niko Do Department Store

This is one of the largest shopping malls in Guilin featuring a wide range of items for sale including simple things such as clothes, hats, porcelain items and other more specialist items such as home fittings, special local products, etc. It also features a very large area for buying food items.

This mall was started as a joint venture with a Japanese franchise named Kumamoto, and has a strong support of the local civil, which means you will find pretty much everything you need right here.

  • Opening Hours: 19:30 - 23:00 daily
  • Address: Guilin Niko Niko Do Plaza, 37 Zhongshang Road Middle
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Normal College Arts Shop

This is an art shop with a difference. Situated right inside the campus of the famous Guangzi Normal College, its surroundings are just as great as the work featured inside the shop. If you're serious about buying something really nice for yourself or a loved one, you might want to visit this place.

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:30
  • Address: Guangxi Normal College, Guilin
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Smile Tang (Weixiao Tang)

This is another multi-storey shopping mall that features a popular food zone in the basement. It includes all the other stuff that you find at shopping malls in general. Weixiao Tang also features special local produce, which is quite popular among the tourists.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:30
  • Address: Zhongshan Zhonglu
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