Xi'an's markets are great places to shop, provided you don't mind competing with the crowds. These markets spring up all over the city and are also great places for watching local life unfold.
In addition to bustling market places, visitors to Xi'an will also find a good number of modern, air-conditioned shopping malls. These large malls contain branches of leading designer stores as well as up and coming Chinese brands and are interesting places to indulge in a little retail therapy.
Located at the intersection of Zhuque Lu and Nan Erhuan Lu near the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, this vibrant market sells an array of Chinese antiques as well as traditional herbs, spices and medicines. This is a great place for people watching as well as browsing for bargains.
Visitors interested in ancient Tang Tricolored Pottery can visit this factory on QinLing north road 56 to discover a vast collection of replica pieces recreated from pottery found in tombs. More than 100 varieties are available including statues, animals, and utensils.
Popular with trendy teenagers and foreigners looking to save money, this is a good place to buy low priced copies of designer clothes and accessories as well as pirated DVDs and CDs.
Located between the ancient Bell Tower and Drum Tower, the Century Ginwa Shopping Mall is an exclusive shopping center filled with designer stores from around the world. Among more than 60 world-famous brands are represented here, and discriminating shoppers will find Dior, Givenchy, Lancome and Estee Lauder.
This street specializes in art supplies such as paintings, calligraphy, paper cuts and brushes. Tourists can also purchase replicas of rubbings from the Forest of Stelae Museum and handicrafts such as leather and paper crafts.
Discounts can be had at most market stalls and even at some shopping centers. Bartering is common practice throughout China and with a little persistence and charm it is possible to save up to 50 percent of the original asking price. Shoppers should only ask the price if they intend to purchase however as once engaged, the sellers can be extremely persistent.
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