These days Shenzhen has emerged with an even greater edge as an affordable alternative to Hong Kong. Shoppers from across the border flood the market on a regular basis, though many don't realize how much shopping infrastructure really exists beyond Luo Hu Commercial City, which practically straddles the border. A dedicated tour further in reveals a great deal more.
With so much to offer, it's practically impossible to single out a product that defines the region. Shoppers will find everything from the quintessential knock-offs to true name-brand designer fashions. In between, there are myriad electronics, medicinal herbs, fine jewelry (along with convincing fakes) and the regular tourist kitsch.
Luohu District/Luohu metro station/ Louhu Lo Wu
This complex's name means ‘Commercial City', and it's most popular with resident of Hong Kong looking for relative bargains. It is located on the Shenzhen-Hong Kong and boasts five stories of retailers. This is an especially popular stronghold of pirated DVDs and designer knock-offs, as enforcement is much tighter in Hong Kong.
Kexueguan metro station/1095 Shennan Road/ CITIC City Plaza
A collection of Japanese department stores and designer outlets, this upscale shopping mall also operates a food court. It's especially handy for shoppers who won't be in town long (i.e. business travelers) and prefer avoiding market stalls and touts in favor of fixed prices and high-quality merchandise.
Luohu District/Laoji metro station/Dongmen Pedestrian Street
The oldest of Shenzhen's shopping districts, Dongmen is a huge plaza that's strictly open to foot traffic. It features a mix of small private retailers and large department stores. Prices on shoes and clothing in Dongmen are much lower than in Louhu Commercial City, despite the fact that they sell exactly the same products.