Most trades and goods categories are concentrated in a specific area or along one main street.
Qingping Market (清平市场) Qingping Road (清平路),(Metro 1 Huangsha Exit D) It is located North from Shamian Island. Cantonese are known to eat just about any animal, and the market is world famous for its wild animal trades, although it has been tamer since the SARS outbreak. It is still a great place to go for exotic goods. The modern front of the market has quite a few stalls selling dried herbs used in Chinese Medicine. The real charm here lies just behind the modern exterior. The modern exterior is built onto a series of old historical narrow alleyways with shops selling herbs.
Global International Shoes Trade Centre (国际鞋城步云天地) Address: 26 Zhan Xi Road 广州市站西路26号步云天地
Xiguan Antique Street (西关古玩城) near Liwan Park (荔湾湖公园).
Flower Street (花卉水族街) Baohua Road (宝华路).
Jade Street (玉器工艺街/玉器街) Changshou Road (长寿路) and Wenchang Road (文昌路), near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. (Metro 1 Changshou Lu)
Ivory and Sea products (象牙雕刻海味街) Daxin Road (大新路).
Toy Street (玩具街) and Dried goods and snacks Street (干果海味食品专业街) Yide Road (一德路).
Bridal Street (婚纱专卖街) Jiangnan North Road (江南大道北).
Flowers, Aquatic and Lightings Street Danan Road (大南街) near Beijing Road (北京路).
Household Merchandise Street (日用百货街) Gaodi Street(高第街). The street has become a shopping center selling everyday goods.
Cultural Street (古玩字画街 / 文化商业街) Wende Road (文德路). This is a good place to look for antiques and traditional Chinese artistic goods.
Haiyin Shopping District (海印专业购物区) is located at the northwest side of the Haiyin Bridge (海印大桥), selling appliances, sporting goods, cloth, fabrics, camera accessories and electronics.
Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street (北京路步行街) This is the main shopping thoroughfare, a pedestrian street where most stores are open from 9AM-10PM. Avoid individuals who solicit pirated DVDs and imitation goods. Don’t follow anyone into the small dark alleys in between buildings to see their goods.
Mayflower Plaza (五月花广场) 68 Zhongshan 5th Road (中山五路68号), at the northern end of the Pedestrian Street. This is a place where young people hang out and shop.
Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (上下九商业步行街) This shopping area is also a showcase of traditional Cantonese architecture Qilou(骑楼). It is particularly pretty at night when lights are lit up. Prices here are generally lower than Beijing Road’s, but prepare to bargain. Remember to visit Liwan Plaza (荔湾广场 lì-wān-guǎng-chǎng), located at 9 Dexing Road (德星路9号), the east end of the street. You will find a good selection of crystal there.
Taikoo Hui (太古汇) A fancy shopping mall that targets affluent customers. L3 has several western cafes and bistros which are popular among expats and local bourgeoisies. The bookshop in L1, Fangshuo, is one of the fanciest bookshop of its kind in China, which has a fair collection of English books as well.
China Plaza (中华广场). 33 Zhongshan 3rd Road, (中山三路33号). The mall is extremely popular among young locals and displays what they think “fashionable”. Located on top of a metro station, it also has a huge food court which serves anything from Sichuanese spicy food to Japanese Sushi.
Grandview Mall (Zhengjia Plaza) 228 Tianhe Road, (天河路228号). This is the largest mall in Guangzhou, located in the heart of Tianhe District. It includes famous fashion stores and several department stores, and some cheesy music fountains.
Tee Mall (天河城) 208 Tianhe Road (天河路208号). Located right above the metro Tiyu Xilu station, this is one of the most popular shopping mall.