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KK Mall
KK Mall is the latest high-end shopping mall in Shenzhen, within walking distance of both Citic Plaza and MixCity. They opened in December 2010 and advertised throughout the city, but when we went there today (Januari 8 2011) it was not very busy. On top of the shopping mall there are a couple of residential towers and inside you'll find lots of expensive brands. There is also a supermarket called 'BLT' on the bottom floor. It reminded me of Ole supermarket in MixC. Furthermore there are some good restaurants and the first IMAX cinema of Shenzhen. The interior of KK Mall is very similar to the newly opened Dreams On department store opposite to Coco Park , both use a lot of marble, perhaps that's the new trend?

Interior of KK Mall

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 January 2011 )
Dreams-on department store
Friday evening, the 25th of November 2010 the department store formerly known as Moi (in Futian district, across the road from Coco Park) reopened after several months of redecorating. Moi was always relatively high-end and didn't look 'old' at all, but apparently it was not high-end enough. So they closed the mall and put in lots of marble. My wife went there at the day of the opening to take some photos and shop.

Dreams-On department store on opening day

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 November 2010 )
Citic City Plaza
Citic City Plaza is a high-end shopping mall in Futian district. We don't often go to Citic Plaza because most of the shops are luxury international brands. If you want some Gucci, DG, Louis Vuitton, Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior etc, then Citic plaza definitely has all you need. Citic Plaza is comparable to Mixc in this regard. Below ground you'll also find a very big Jusco supermarket.

Citic City Plaza

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 August 2010 )
Gift shops in Shenzhen
There are a couple of places where you can buy gifts in Shenzhen. Untill this weekend, I only knew about the gift shop near SEG, which is ok, but now I found some other gift markets that are much bigger and with more locals. You will find lots of different things: traditional paper cutting, Buddha figures, miniature bikes, fake food, lighters, keychains, cups, glassware, lights, toys, wedding stuff and much more. The first gift shop is located near SEG, the other one in Luohu district, near all the furniture stores.
Shop selling traditional Chinese decoration for weddings

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 August 2011 )
Tiananmen Square in Lego

While we were looking around in the relatively new Jusco in Futian district, we came across this beautifully made copy of Tiananmen Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of China. It looks like Lego, but it's some Chinese brand. Very impressive - and also very very expensive! The price-tag for the whole set: 88888Yuan (so about 9000 euro!). I don't think they want anyone to actually buy it, but it sure looks great!




Enjoy the photos below:

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2009 )
MixC shopping mall

MixC (pronounced Mix City) is located in Luohu district at subway station Da Ju Yuan. It's one of the most expensive and up-scale shopping centers in Shenzhen. Many expensive foreign brands and foreign restaurants such as the excellent French restaurant La Belle Epoque. On the first floor is the foreign Ole supermarket with lots of good breads and cakes. Very expensive, but if you crave for a good sandwitch or chocolate cake or some special imports, this is the place to come! On the fourth floor is an iceskating ring and on the fifth floor, looking out over the iceskating ring, is a Delicity food court. There are of course also many fast-food chains and other Western chains: McDonalds, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, KFC, Spaghetti House, Haagen-Dazs etc. There is also a big modern cinema called Golden Harvest Cinema.

View inside the luxurious MixC shopping mall in Shenzhen
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
Furniture stores

There are several big furniture stores in Shenzhen. I will focus on the shops in Nanshan, Futian and Luohu. You'll be able to find everything for decorating your house: from beds to kitchens. Either do-it-yourself (DIY) or full assembled for you. In the smaller shops you can definitily negotiate about the price, but in stores like Ikea everything is fixed price. Below you will find short descriptions and addresses of B&Q, Ikea, RomanJoy, Hoba and some other stores.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 May 2009 )
King Glory Plaza

King Glory Plaza in Luohu district is quite close to Dong Men. When you take the subway, get off at GuoMao (one stop before Luohu trainstation). The ground floor and upper floors are home to several expensive brands, but luckily there are also afforable brands such as Zara, American Apparel etc. When we were there in april 2009, there was a sale at the basement (same level as subway entrance). There are also lots of restaurants and food shops at this level : Breadtalk, Croissants de France, Malaysian curry, Taiwanese baozi, hotpot, Brazilian food and several others.

When you walk from King Glory to the northeast, you will pass two other shopping malls: first Shenzhen International Trade Plaza. This shopping mall is less big but there is a Subway inside this one :)

After the Trade Plaza shopping mall, you will encounter Rainbow/Partyworld. Here is a good supermarket with plenty of good vegetables and fruit (though not so much bread). Also some clothes shops, just like other Rainbow stores in Shenzhen. Continue along the road and you will see a huge U-shaped footbridge which leads you to the Dong Men shopping area. 

luxury interior of King Glory Plaza
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
LuoHu Commercial City

"LuoHu Commercial City"  is the first major shopping center / district you'll find as soon as you cross the border into Shenzhen from the train. As you exit customs you'll walk out into a huge outdoor courtyard. If you go ahead then off to your right you'll find the entrance to the shopping center. It's not obvious to spot at first so just watch for where people are entering and exiting. The mall is in a sleek blue glass building at the exit of the Chinese border crossing.

The center itself is five levels high and apparently the quality of goods improves with the higher the level. Level five is where all the tailors and clothing shops are, and there are a maze of them. The center also sells knock-off copies of electronics, camera and computer related gear (complete with copy-cat labels).  The center also sells jewelry, toys, bags,
shoes, cellphone accessories and so on. You need to bargain hard (about 1/3 of the original price and expect that everything is fake, especially Gucci, Chanel etc) Also be aware of pickpockets everywhere!


 LuoHu Commercial City building


Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
Coco Park

Coco Park is a modern shopping complex located at the GouWuGongYuan subway stop. It is build partially above and partially underground with a large open area in the center. The street level has various expensive clothes shops, but on other levels there are various restaurants (update June 2009 - and a great food court called Delicity ) and even some bars and a starbucks coffee. When you go down one floor, you will find Jusco supermarket, a Japanese brand that is a bit more expensive than other supermarkets but offers a good selection of foreign foods and seems to have good quality stuff as well. There is also a modern cinema Broadway Circuit and some basketball arcade games.

On saturday evening it can be very busy in the barstreet at the West side of Coco park. We went there in february 2009 and it was literally packed with people around 23:30 in the evening. Most other parts of the city are pretty deserted at this time.  

One of the entrances to Coco park


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 December 2010 )
Coastal City Mall

Coastal City is a big luxurious shopping mall in Shekou, very near to the Shekou bridge to HongKong. It's a huge complex with man good restaurants such as Tairyo Teppanyaki (Japanese all-you-can-eat), Thai food, Italian restaurants, Shanghai cuisine and much more. At the ground floor there is also a Jusco supermarket. Inside Coastal City is an iceskating ring, Poly International Cinema and next to the shopping mall is a good theater in the shape of an egg: Poly Theater .


Coastal City interior during Christmas 2008



Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
Central Walk

Central Walk in the Central Business District in Futian is one of the more up-market shopping malls. It has quite an interesting architecture, partially below ground level but open and with walking promenades. The inside is build in a circle with many expensive clothes brands on the first floor.


Central Walk in Shenzhen, on the left one of the two main entrances



Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
Yitian holiday plaza

Yitian holiday plaza is the newest mega shopping mall in Shenzhen. It is conveniently located across the road from Window of the World. There are many famous international (expensive) brands, but also enough on offer for the smaller wallet: On the basement floor there is a big brand-new Ole supermarket. This is the second store of this French chain in Shenzhen (the first was in MixC) it and the supermarket looks very good. Certainly some competition for Carrefour, Jusco and Wal*Mart. Most food in Ole is expensive, but they have a very good variety of bread and sandwiches.

Ole supermarket at the bottom floor at Yitian plaza in Shenzhen


Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
Decathlon Nanshan

Decathlon is a sports outlet which operates several branches in Shenzhen. I visited Decathlon next to Ikea in Nanshan district. They have lots of sports clothes and assecoires for sale; stuff that would be hard to find in other shops. Another advantage is they sell big sized clothes (I saw XXL).





Shenzhen Shopping & Living Guidebooks

As of May 2008 a new useful set of books about Shenzhen is available. I have not personally read the books (180Yuan is a bit too expensive for me), but the books do look very useful for anyone who wants to come shopping in Shenzhen or plans to stay here longer. The books are written by 50 expats living in Shenzhen and contain lots of useful information. There was another book about shopping in Shenzhen, but that book is already a couple of years old, so I think this is definately useful.

They have set up a website at A short animation and the 2 first pages of each chapter can be seen at:




The book can be bought via their website as well at


Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 May 2008 )

Ikea Shenzhen opened in April 2008 and has already generated quite a buzz in the city prior to opening. Ikea misses the crazy housing market from 2007, but I'm sure many Shenzhen people will be interested to see what this Swedish brand has to offer. Sunday the 20th of April we visited Ikea in Nanshan for the first time. Together with several thousands of Chinese, see the photos!  


When we went home around 16:00, there was a queue at the entrance to Ikea. I think they (wisely) decided that the store was too busy and only let people in slowly. See below for more photos!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2008 )
Women's World

Women's world is the name of a department store where they sell everything for women: clothes, shoes, cosmetics. There are a couple of brands, but mostly it's very affordable. They target the mid-range of the market: more expensive than Dong Men , but not as expensive as Citic City plaza or Mix City. My girlfriend often likes to go shopping here. Because because it is close to SEG and the other electronics markets it is a good combination for couples.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 March 2009 )

There are several big bookstores in Shenzhen, each with a variety of foreign language books. Books are much cheaper in China. Especially if you want to buy some Computer Science books, it is very worthwhile to look around. I bought many different computer books about UML, Design Patterns, Data Structures, Data Mining, C++ and so on. Where such books would easily cost 60 euro in the Netherlands, here they will cost 60 yuan, so about 1/10 of the price.

Besides computer books, there are generally also some classic novels in each store and various books to learn Chinese. In some stores you will even find some Japanese, Korean, French or German books.

Here are the addresses of the main bookstores in Shenzhen:

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 January 2010 )
Area around SEG electronics market

SEG electronics market (赛格电子市场) in Futian is the best place in Shenzhen to find every kind of hardware for your computer. It's a very high building and the first floors house hundreds of small computer stores. At the first floor you can buy small chips and other stuff, at the higher floors you will find USB-stuff, videocards, laptops, processors, memory and everything else you need to build a PC. You can bargain here, especially if there are no prices on display.

Around SEG there are many other shops. In fact there are two main shopping streets around SEG. On the street stretching to Shanghai hotel there are more electronics stores (selling Wii, PS3 and XBox360), but also big department stores with clothes, shoes, cosmetics, home appliances and so on.

Also on this street is the famous 'Foreign Trade Market' where you can buy cheap 'brand' clothes in big sizes. Look for some bargain XL shirts and shoes here! It is located a bit to the back of the main street, next to a KFC and Starbucks. There are also many restaurants in this area including Western restaurants like McDonalds, Pizzahut, KFC etc. Good place for shopping!




Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 March 2010 )
Dong Men

Dong Men (东门, East Gate) is a shopping area in the east of Shenzhen in Luohu district. It consists of several shopping streets with smaller shops and restaurants and two big shopping malls: Moi and Sun Plaza. Good area to find clothes, bed clothes and curtains. 


Busy square in Dong Men with international fastfood chains KFC and McDonalds (april 2009)


First about the main shopping streets of Dong Men : it always seems to be very busy, especially in the weekends. Good place to find bargains, either in the countless small streets or in the two big shopping malls. Generally the quality is a bit better inside the big malls, but it can also be fun to spend some hours looking at the countless small shops. In the two big department there are also stores that sell good quality bed sets. Ranging in price from a few hundred to several thousand yuan. 


Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 January 2010 )
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