in Shenzen, China
what you need...
If you plan to get clothes
made, the first rule is to keep it simple. Choose a style that
you know for sure suits you. If you have an outfit to copy, bring
it with you. If not, draw a picture, no matter how primitive your
drawing skills. Show lapels, darts, button placement, and so on.
When being measured, be very specific as to what you want. Tailors
expect your garment to be picked up when it's ready. There are
no 2nd and 3rd fittings in this place. This means communicating
anything important about how you want your clothes to fit you
at the first fitting.
Be prepared to
and handbag shops can be found all over the mall. There is a large
selection of bags in the most recent styles to choose from. Your
only problem will be to prevent yourself from taking home a dozen.
There is one hitch, though. You will need to bargain the price
down so don't be shy!
Locals say you should end
up paying one third to one half of the asking price. Shopkeepers
are notoriously good at negotiating and if you're not used to
it and not prepared, you'll be very frustrated. This is negotiating
at its best. Try to be positive. Don't be rushed into the next
price level. Take your time. Do a lot of thinking. Be confident.
If you can't agree on a price, just thank them and walk away.
Being positive until the end allows both parties to save face
and come back with a lower or higher price.
There are bargains
Here are a few brief ideas
of what you can get: A custom tailored silk or wool lined suit
for under US$35, the equivalent of a designer leather handbag
for US$25, the latest style of winter boots for about US$20. You'll
find loads of Chinese trinkets and folk art to bring back home
for gifts and some are so nice, you'll want
to keep them for yourself. I even had my curtains made here for
US$9 per panel including the fabric. Remember to bring exact measurements
from home if you'd like to do the same.
Make sure to check out the
Jewelry Bazaar on the 2nd floor for fresh-water pearls (Shop #18)
and semi-precious stones, scarves and shawls at shop 3219, women's
ready-to-wear at shop 3089. And this is just scratching the surface.
There are so many choices I'll bet you'll even be able to find
an appropriate gift for your great-aunt Zelda.
so much to do and to buy, you'll wish you had planned a longer
stay and you can! Shenzhen has well priced and luxurious 4 and
5 star hotels. One, an excellent Shangri-La
Hotel, is a five-minute walk away. Your partner bored
with shopping? Send him or her golfing at Mission
Hills Golf Club, one of Shenzhen's world class golf
courses. A day of shopping in Shenzhen is tough work, but what
Reward yourself at the end
of your day by having a two-hour body massage (Under US$12) or
at least a manicure (US$3). Try the Jian
Fu Mei Massage Center at shop 4028; it's spacious,
comfortable and clean. At Jian Fu Mei,
you are given a locker and a kind of pyjama outfit to change into.
Your clothes stay on for the massage. What an inexpensive treat
and oh-h-h-h-h.... it feels so good!
If you are a fan of shopping
you might want to read about the juicy shopping secrets in other
parts of the world....
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