Shopping in Shenzhen
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Today we had an amazing shopping trip into China.
Believe it or not, it was actually pretty good (coming from two people who hate shopping). We crossed into
We paid for our VISA before leaving HK (a steep $530, for a single entry visa). For some reason if you are British or American you pay about $300 dollars more than other nationalities so be warned. I have since discovered that this is due to the UK being a Non-Reciprical Country. For other nationalities except the US you can pick up your VISA at the Lowu border crossing, for about $150.
Shenzhen is renowned as a place to pick up a bargain, over the years the design and quality of goods have improved dramatically, the result is incredible value for money, but do remember to haggle profusely and expect to pay at the most a third of what is originally asked for.
We traveled to Shenzhen on the KCRC train from
Any guys reading this, take note, while the ladies are shopping you must go seek out a massage parlor. Two hours were happily spent this way for me and Jeremy, while Summer and Tamara scoured around for the bargains. Shenzhen is a great place to enjoy a massage, a good lunch, a manicure or pedicure in between bouts of window shopping, exploring and visiting tailors. Ladies need to be prepraed for the crys of "Missy, Missy, Pedicure, Manicure" every ten minutes or so.
It’s an experience definitely worth checking out whilst in HK, and with Shenzhen being only 45 mins away from central HK, it is easily reached. Get used to the Paparazzi feeling when at LCC you'll need time to adjust to it. When some of the touters and sales staff descend on you, you'll know just how Take That felt. Sometimes, you just want to yell, 'Go away!' But dont.
We got some great bargains all round, and I managed to barter a shop keeper down from $2,200 to $500 for a technical North Face jacket, which is difficult to tell if it’s real or not. To be honest for only thirty pounds who cares if it’s real or not. It certainly looks the part. Yep…. Def the place to go for handbags, shoes, DVDs, and Watches. Oh and MP5s as well, whatever they are.?