With an enormous
number of shops and a wide selection of merchandise, it is no wonder shopping
is a major pastime in Tianjin. The entire stretch from Hepinglu to Zhongxin
Park is an ideal shopping street as the area buzzes with activity until
late evening. Theaters, specialty shops, restaurants, departmental stores,
and ice-cream parlors line both sides of the street.
is another treat for shoppers, as there are eight blocks of building devoted
to commerce. With over 100 street stalls selling clothes and countless
curio shops, boutiques and emporiums, you can find virtually anything
from silk flowers to chamberpots! This is also an area for a lively night
market, which is thronged by theatergoers and shoppers every night.
home to eight carpet factories. Visit any one of the eight manufacturers
for good bargains if you are searching for small tapestries and handmade
carpets in traditional and modern designs. Kites are popular souvenirs
to buy in China; a commendable place to get these articles would be the
Arts and Crafts factory at Huanghedao where you will also find Wei kites,
named after the master craftsman, Wei Yuan Tai. In Tianjin, look out for
New Year posters, which are supposed to be posted on front doors during
the festive season. These lunar New Year posters are believed to bring
good luck and make interesting gifts.