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Luohu Commercial City

This article was originally published on June 14, 2010, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

The impressive exterior of Luohu Commercial City
Before the Shenzhen Metro, people used to (barely) come across from Hong Kong to shop at Luohu Commercial City, a stone's throw from the Luohu Border Crossing.

In many ways, it's still one of the best.

With shopping malls throughout the city, many have forgotten the delights of the hard-sell, the touts ("Massage?"), and the crowds at LCC. But the excitement lives on.

A busy shop inside the mall
  • Curios: Store after store of real antiques, statuary, hangings, paintings, and crystals. Plenty of priced-to-sell copies, too.
  • Tea: Drink it there or take it home; most of China's major varieties are represented. Don't miss the accessories, too, like teapots and tea sets.
  • Clothes and accessories: plenty of ready-to-wear designer clothes, bags, shoes, and jewelry (original or not).

Looking up in the central courtyard
How about tailoring? On the 5th floor, buy fabric (some tailors have swatch books, but it's cheaper--and there's more selection--if you buy your own). Then find an English-speaking tailor (unless you speak Chinese). Bring along a favorite garment for copying; or bring a photo, or make a sketch. The more information you give, the closer the final product will be to what you want. (I wear oversized shirts and pants; I bought some in Wal-Mart in the states, and voila! Excellent copies here.)

And whatever you're buying, don't forget to bargain!

Had enough? There are plenty of places to relax and have a drink or something to eat in and around the complex.

Luohu Commercial City is on the east side of the plaza at Luohu Railway and Metro Stations.

GPS Info:
  • 22.5301, 114.1189


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