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This article was originally published on September 19, 2011, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

IKEA at Nanshan's "European City"
How would you like to visit "Europe" without leaving Shenzhen? "But," you say, "I've been to Window of the World, and OCT East."

That's not the "Europe" I'm talking about; I mean the huge "European City" (欧洲城, Ouzhou Cheng) shopping center in Nanshan.

Several European countries are represented, as well as stores with furniture, electronics,  and home decorating items from China.

Let's start with IKEA. The Swedish store has home furnishings that include assemble-it-yourself tables, chairs, beds, bookcases, and more. There's also a popular cafeteria-style restaurant

Decathlon, the French sporting goods store
The next store, moving north, is the French Decathlon sporting goods chain. In the same building is Nature Living and Sundan, more home goods including electronics.

Next to that is a building with the Heung Kong/Kinhom Furniture store, a major homegrown Shenzhen-based company.

B&Q is British; Hola is from Taiwan
A little further north is the mighty B&Q, a British home repair and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) store, which also has home furnishings. Upstairs, above B&Q, is Taiwan's Hola, with many of the same types of items as IKEA and the other furnishing places. (In the south end of that building you'll find a KFC, and next to it is the gateway to Da Shehe Park.)

Metro is a German supermarket chain
Finally, northernmost, is the German food store called Metro, with imported and local foods. (I get my Mexican food supplies there!)

So there it is: Sweden, France, Great Britain and Germany, as well as mainland and Taiwan companies.

Take Bus B681 from Window of the World Bus Terminal directly into the European City parking lot.

GPS Info:
  • 22.5565, 113.9655


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