There are plenty of temptations for visitors shopping in Guangzhou; the city's various outlets trade in everything from local jade sculptures to international designer labels. The most popular shopping area is the Liwan pedestrian street of Shangxia Jiu Lu. Canton jade sculptures make beautiful Guangzhou souvenirs.

Great fashion boutiques can be found along the Beijing Lu and Renmin Nan Lu pedestrian avenues, while the Teem Plaza and China Plaza department stores also stock high-street trends. For jade and jewellery, visitors should head for Hualin Street, whereas other great local artwork can be found on Wende Street. Be wary of solicitors who offer pirated dvds, and avoid going into small side alleys.

Onelink Plaza appears at first glance to be an ordinary mall, but inside travellers will find wholesalers offering an enormous selection of goods for great bargains. Most shops will not let foreigners bargain unless they buy in bulk, but the prices are still good even if only one or two items are purchased.

Clothes markets can be found on Gaodi Street and Huanshi Xi Lu, whereas Shan Hai Cheng and Hai Zhong Bao are two of Guangzhou's best seafood markets. The Canton Fair, held in April each year, is a Guangzhou shopping spectacular that is not to be missed.

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