Xiamen has seen great advances in modern development in recent years, including many large commercial areas, huge shopping malls, supermarkets, and small stores with their own unique features. Department stores and shops offering a wide range of merchandise from all over the world make shopping an enjoyable experience.
Fujian Provincial Art & Craft Xiamen
When a store has nine Chinese characters in its title it usually means that the shop's owner lacks brevity, or that it is well stocked. In this case it is both. Long famous with tourists, this shop stocks its shelves with quality items perfect for the home. Old, vintage stamps, wicker and rattan baskets, classic reed screens, bamboo curtains, fresh water pearls, authentic Chinese antiques, and all types of souvenirs are carried. The prices are higher than most other such shops but it is well worth a visit.
Address: No. 52 Minzu Road, Xiamen
Market mania runs amuck at Xiamen's largest arts and crafts mall. Vendors from all over the Fujian Province and beyond feature their authentic Chinese made goods here, thereby elevating this mall far above the usual detritus of cheap souvenir stands. Fine porcelain, bronze statues, curios, hand woven linens, wicker baskets, reed screens, and coveted Qing vases are just a small sampling of what to expect. Sunday is the market's busiest day, so expect to endure large crowds.
Address: North Siming Road, Siming District, Xiamen
Zhongshan Road is one of the most prosperous traditional and comprehensive commercial areas in Xiamen. With a very long history, the architecture along the road is a combined style of East and West. The large shopping centers, together with a variety of small retail stores here, are characterized by an abundance of items as well as a fairness of price, attracting many tourists.
The Buses No. 2, 3, 4, 10, 12, 23, 25, 27, and 30 pass by Zhongshan Road, making it not only easy to get to but also so crowded that many stores are open from nine o'clock in the morning until very late at night. North and South Siming Road and Lady Street nearby are also good places for shopping. There are banks, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, bookstores, music stores, night markets, money changers on the street.
Xiamen No.1 Department Store
Hualian Commercial Plaza
Paris Spring Department Store
Dafeng Shopping Mall
Xiahe Road is an up-and-coming commercial street in Xiamen. A number of large commercial plazas and shopping centers are scattered along the road, providing a comfortable and pleasant shopping environment and a large number of good quality commodities.
Friendship Shopping Mall
Lijing Commercial Plaza
Located on the northern part of the Middle Hubin Road, the Egret Alluvion Shopping and Entertainment City can be accessed through Buses No. 8, 12, 26, and 72 so you can enjoy convenient transportation. It is a comprehensive center providing shopping malls, restaurants, and various entertainments. In addition, a series of small theme parks have been built, which often feature traditional folk programs and performances. You'll be sure to have a different shopping experience here.
Huadu Department Store
Fushan Chengda Shopping Mall
This is the main commercial street on Gulangyu Island and features diverse tourist souvenirs. There are plenty of stores on both sides of the street selling handicrafts, calligraphy, and painting. Traditional local crafts such as bead embroidery, lacquer wares, colored sculptures, and colored figurines are very popular among foreign visitors. It is also a good place to buy some dried fish and snacks like pies, peanut crisp, etc. However, when buying dried sea-products, it's best to bargain with the venders so you won't be overcharged.
The SM City Plaza, which was built with investment money from the Philippines, is situated at the intersection of Xianyue Road and Jiahe Road. With six floors and a construction area of 126,000 square meters, it attracts many world famous business such as Wal-Mart, Watsons, Cybermart, McDonald's, and KFC, making it a combined emporium of furniture, home appliances, and daily commodities.
SM is one of the biggest shopping malls around Xiamen. The complex also includes an exhibition center, a business club, a gymnasium and some restaurants. The best collection of special local products from Xiamen is on the first floor. The clothes sold here are all in tasteful, fashionable and current. The electronic products are the latest available. Moreover, it has the largest bookstore in Fujian Province.
Address: Xianyue Road, Xiamen
Xiamen Rainbow Department Store