Zhuhai, located in China’s Guangdong province, is a major tourist destination on the Southern coast. Nestled between Macau and Hong Kong, Zhuhai offers a multitude of entertainment, things to do, and culture to see with its distinct Cantonese tone. The award-winning city has been praised for its cleanliness and quality of life with low population density and more parks than most Chinese cities. Also dubbed the “Chinese Riviera”, Zhuhai is part of the “Special Economic Zones”, meaning it is made to be attractive to tourists, with lower taxes and many shopping centers such as its unique underground shopping mall (Gongbei). The once fishing village is now a modern city with plenty of shopping to do at attractive prices so if you’re looking to bring home the best of China, follow our guide on what to buy in Zhuhai, China.
1. Oyster sauce
Oyster sauce is now a staple of Asian cuisine, known internationally as a delicious and versatile Chinese sauce. Traditionally, oyster sauce is made of oyster juices in a broth but now it is made with added sugar, salt, and thickener such as cornstarch. Oyster sauce was actually invented by Lee Kum Sheung in Zhuhai so traveling there is the perfect opportunity to get some; perhaps you can find some truly traditional oyster sauce to bring home!
2. Lotus root
The lotus flower is the symbol of Zhuhai’s neighbor, Macau, and generally has a lot of signification in Asian culture. Basically every part of the lotus plant is used in Asian cuisine, but the root is the most common one to be eaten, with its fun and unique hole pattern. The plant also has plenty of health benefits so you don’t have to think twice before enjoying it in your meals. In Zhuhai, you can enjoy fresh and local lotus root sourced right from the nearby Baiteng Lake!
3. Cheap clothes and fashion accessories
Staying in Zhuhai could very well be a good opportunity to shop for clothes and accessories at a discounted price. The best place to find these would be at the Gongbei Port Shopping Plaza, better known under the name of Gongbei Underground Market. In this eclectic market, you will be able to find discounted fashion goods, such as watches, bags, clothes, etc. You can either shop around for discounted brand names, or find some local gems that you couldn’t find anywhere else.
While in Zhuhai, pearl is a word you may hear often. Zhuhai is actually on the delta of Zhujiang, also known as the Pearl River. Zhuhai’s famous landmark, the Fisher Girl Statue, has a legend around her being a pearl fisher. Zhuhai sells particularly high quality pearls which you can find in several shops in Zhuhai such as the South Sea Pearl Store in Xiangzhou District.
5. Seashell ornaments
Again, being a sea-oriented city, Zhuhai has many wonderful local maritime products. One of the things you can buy from Zhuhai’s nearby waters is seashell ornaments. You can buy them at the Sea Products Market and they would make a unique and personal gift from your trip to the Chinese coast. By the way, you can further appreciate Zhuhai’s connection to the sea with its Grand Theatre, an impressive modern building in the shape of two seashells.
6. Litchi of Huangyang Mountain
Huangyang is a mountain nearby Zhuhai, home to the famous and marvelous Agricultural Scientific Academy of Zhuhai where you can appreciate nature’s beauty with gardens of rare vegetables and fruits. Huangyang Mountain is a place where many farmers harvest various fruits, one of these being the ever-so tasty litchi! You can find it in farmers’ markets throughout Zhuhai: they will be fresh and local!
7. Xiaotuoshan Orange
Among the amazing produce made through Huangyang Mountain’s agriculture, you can find the tasty Xiaotuoshan Orange. They are local and renowned for their amazing taste and are rumored to have extraordinary healthy benefits. And here’s a fun fact: oranges are a symbol of good luck in Chinese culture!
8. Electronic gadgets
Because China is renowned as the “workshop of the world”, it only makes sense that its commercial hubs such as Zhuhai would sell plenty of electronics. The best place to find them in Zhuhai is in Gongbei Underground Market, where you can find electronics such as watches, Apple products, headphones, consoles, games, etc. And chances are that you will find a bargain for these products! But do pay attention to what you buy to make sure you don’t buy a counterfeit.
Bring home the best of Zhuhai
Zhuhai is a commercial hub perfect for tourists looking to shop around for quality products and at often discounted prices. Zhuhai has especially good products when it comes to maritime items and produce so by all means don’t miss out on that! What you will buy in Zhuhai will be amazing gifts or souvenirs that are unique to the region of Guangdong and highly reminiscent of Chinese culture.
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