The biggest stores stock well-known designer brands from across the world. High fashion is easy to come by in Xiamen, but so are designer knockoffs in the merchant stalls of the night markets. However, the city is home to several manufacturing plants, and a few name-brand goods are sold inexpensively through factory outlets.
Local handicrafts include lacquer-ware and statuettes, but the most sought-after handmade gift is bead embroidery. Colorful beads are strung on silk thread and used to decorate scarves, handbags and slippers, among other things. The final product can be impressive.
Siming/Zhongshan Road/Hualian Commercial Plaza
The busiest shopping district in Xiamen straddles Zhongshan Road and features several department stores and shopping complexes. In between these larger complexes are rows of boutiques dealing in fashion, jewelry and gifts. Several public buses follow Zhongshan Road, so it's easy to connect to other parts of the city.
Siming/Dinghai Road/Night Market
The Xiamen night market convenes on a nightly basis and carries all of the standard bazaar fare expected from a Chinese market. Merchants deal in gifts, souvenirs, handicrafts, inexpensive jewelry and designer knockoffs.
Gulangyu Island/Longtou Road/Handicraft market
The island's main commercial avenue is a haven for arts and crafts. Shoppers arrive by ferry to peruse lacquer-ware, delicate ceramics, beaded embroidery along with classic calligraphy and paintings. Bargaining is required in many of these shops.