FAQ on Shopping
- Could you give me some tips on shopping in China?
- Will your tour guide take me to any factories or stores?
- I bought a jade bracelet for my daughter at the Jade Factory the day we went to the Great Wall and I found it elsewhere (same quality) for almost a third of the price I had paid. Why didn't your guide tell me about this?
- Am I allowed to bring back purchased electronics to the United States in my luggage?
- Where can I find ladies fashion wholesaler in shenzhen?
- During the Spring Festival, are shops in Hong Kong still open for business? Are business hours the same as usual?
Shanghai: Silk carpets
Hangzhou: Longjing Tea; Silk
We allow guides to take clients to one factory each day. It is quite possible that the factory will include the restaurant where you will eat lunch. Do not feel an obligation to buy. Our guides offer shopping opportunities as a courtesy as well as a way to supplement their income. The factories they select are very usually very interesting and we get good feedback from clients about the demonstrations in these factories. Please do not feel any obligation to buy and if you do not wish to visit a factory you are able to refuse.
I bought a jade bracelet for my daughter at the Jade Factory the day we went to the Great Wall and I found it elsewhere (same quality) for almost a third of the price I had paid. Why didn't your guide tell me about this?
There is a huge industry in china in the sale of fake or enhanced jade. This is illegal but it does not alter the fact that it is a common practice. The factory outlet that you have been taken to is Government controlled and therefore must sell real products. It is very difficult to tell the difference between real and the other, even experts can be fooled and this is the reason that the Government has licensed particular outlets. In China, as in most other parts of the world, 'if it seems to be too good to be true' well then, it probably is.
There is no problem in taking electronics back to the USA. You would need to consider excess baggage (if you intend to take a lot) and duty which would be collected by US Customs on entry. The passenger would need to check the duty free limit which each passenger is allowed. The passenger would also need to ensure the electronics are packed well to prevent breakage. In addition, when you make the decision, you need to double check the electronics you buy can also work in the USA (voltage, etc.). Another thing is, electronics in the US could well be cheaper that in China except for fake brands which may be unreliable. Hong Kong is better but even there they may not be a lot cheaper than in the US. You can see our "shopping in China" page.
During the Spring Festival, are shops in Hong Kong still open for business? Are business hours the same as usual?
Q & A about Shopping by Our Customers
Hi! I will be on international transit at baijun int''l airport, arrive at 7am and departure at 1:30pm. What can I do for the 6 hour transit? I want to visit Guangzhou and shop for a short while! Do you think I have the time? i''m with my family (5 adults). Any suggestions please? For a sightseeing, I don''t think we have the time but we would like to see a bit of the city and shop for souvenirs! The shopping area around Guangzhou railway station, is it a good place to shop for bargains? Thank you!
I am to visit Guangzhou from 8 June to 15 June for Lighting Fair. I need to buy some items for my own use such as 32 inch LED TV, Vacuum Cleaner etc. as well as a Laptop and Bluray Drive for my PC. Where will I get these items at low cost and is it all available at one place or will I have to travel to different places for them? Do these shops deal in Dollars or in Yuan? Generally how much percentage should I expect to bargain? Thanks!