Where to Shop and What to Buy in China
China’s booming economy has led to an explosion of shops in towns and cities. Once fairly uninspired places where you might buy inexpensive souvenirs, work clothes, posters and books, you can now find shops selling everything from chic fashion to high-tech electronics.
Prices at Friendship Stores are fixed, as they are in larger shops and malls but once outside this zone you're free to bargain. Arts and crafts stores also offer local handicrafts including jade jewelry, embroidery, calligraphy, paintings and carvings in wood, stone and bamboo.