Guilin Shopping-Guilin is good for souvenirs and gems, and if you’re on a China-wide tour be sure to wait until you get here if you’re into southern Chinese goods. Best buys include Guilin Stone, which is a special type of bright and unique stone that was formed in this region of China.Guilin’s local products and handicrafts include China sea pearls, Chinese landscape paintings, fermented bean curd, medicinal materials, paper umbrellas and artistic pottery and porcelain.
The best shopping in Guilin can be had within the many day and night markets and there are all sorts of nooks and crannies to duck into to window-shop, people-watch and to find the best deals. Guilin arts and handicrafts are particularly good buys and you can pick up wood crafted items at a snip.
Zhengyang Walking Street(Guilin Shopping)
Zhengyang Pedestrian Street is at the back side of center square. The total length of the street is 666 meters, which means good fortune in Chinese.Guilin Zhengyang Buxing is a traffic-free street and the heart of Guilin’s shopping, eating and entertainment for locals and tourists. ‘The first street in western China’ buzzes by day (but is best done at night) and you can pick up lots of goodies, including souvenirs and cheap clothing.The shops along the street decorated with Chinese ancient styles and classic European styles are very pleased to walk around. This popular shopping district consists of many fashion brand shops, night clubs, hair salons and restaurants.
Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street(Guilin Shopping)
Xi Cheng Lu Pedestrian Street is a entertainment, shopping and food street only second to Zhengyang Street in Guilin. Visitors can not only purchase the local products and exquisite souvenirs but also appreciate the ancient Ming and Qing-styled architectures. Xiangshan Night Market has become more prosperous since Zhongshan Road night market moved here. The street is bustling with bars, teahouses, snack booths and shops for local products and souvenirs. This night market is regarded as a must-see by tourists.
How to get to: Take bus No. 3, 10, 11, 16, 23, 91, 99 to Xi Cheng Lu Kou Stop.
Zhongshan Zhong Lu Night Market
Another fine spot for picking up souvenirs and art and crafts, this night market goes from 20:00 to midnight when it is made traffic-free. Products from southern China can be had here, including the much sought after Guilin Stone, as well as ethnic dresses, musical instruments, and bamboo carvings. It has a buzzing atmosphere where bumping shoulders with happy locals and tourists is fun.
Guilin Department Store
Guilin is not awash with mega shopping malls and department stores as with the big economic powerhouses of the Chinese east, but the Guilin Department Store is getting there. It sits on Zhongshan Middle Road and is a multistory building that has products from all over China, with especially good quality clothes and shoes. Bargains can be had after Christmas and Chinese New Year.
Under Little Hong Kong
The Little Hong Kong is an underground shopping center that just under the Guilin center square. The center square of Guilin is called Little Hong Kong and, along with the sightseeing in this part of town, is an intriguing web of alleys underneath where all sorts of nifty items can be had. Good deals can especially be had on clothes and accessories.The things they offered are not very good qualities compare with them in the department stores. But the price is quite cheap, so it’s favored by the young generation especially the students here.
Business hours: 9:30 am—9:30 pm
Tips: the price here can be negotiated
Guilin Commodity Wholesale City
This mall-cum-wholesale market is one of the biggest in China for souvenirs and knickknacks. Great prices can be had for a large variety of Guilin arts and crafts, including paintings and wood carvings, while Burmese jade is also popular. Other items to buy here include Qingtian stone carvings, Fujian woodcarvings, and Suzhou embroidered products.
Guilin Shopping Malls, Departments & Supermarkets
NiKo-NiKo-Do Plaza (微笑堂)
Address: 37 Zhongshan Middle Road
Open Time: 9:00 – 22:00, Monday – Sunday
Dream Island Department Store (梦之岛百货)
Address: 20 Zhongshan Middle Road
Open Time: 9:00 – 22:00, Monday – Sunday
Nancheng Shopping Mall
Address: No.26, Lijiang Road, Qixing District
Address: The second and third floors in Guangyun Meiju Shopping Mall, Zhongshan North Road, Diecai District
Address: West Street, Yangshuo County
Hui Ke Fu Local Products Supermarket
Address: Shanghai Road, Xiangshan District
Wang Cheng Department Store
Address: 89 Jiefang Road, Xiufeng District, Guilin
Telephone: 0773 – 2835241