Laojie is located in Luohu district of Shenzhen. It leads to Dong Men business district which was established since the Ming Dynasty. Hence this is the oldest area in Shenzhen and this leads to the name “Laojie” – “Old Street” in English. Laojie is extremely big area and shoppers alight at Laojie metro station to shop at Dongmen. READ MORE …
Once out of Laojie metro subway station, you find lots and lots of colorful shops. Dongmen is a pedestrian shopping streets consisting of several streets filled with shops and buildings. Dongmen is a better place to shop compared to Luohu. Bargaining is much easier too. This street is very long and leads to the fabric & curtain wholesale market (which is a building) at Dongmen zhong lu (where the Dongmen overhead bridge is located). There are several wholesale buildings, each specialising in their own trade. There is a building dedicated just for hair salon products, a building just for fashion, a building just for chinese herbs, a building just for accessories and fashion related items such as bags, wallets, hats. There is also a building dedicated to home and bedding products. Each building has many shops selling almost the same products and you will require many hours if you are going to every shops. Bargaining is a MUST – usually 70% off the 1st price. There are several restaurants and food outlets located inside each building.
If you are going for the wholesalers: once you see this building (Art Gallery) with the KFC restaurant, walk towards the lane with the old Chinese architecture building.
You will see a very crowded lane which is slightly different from the bigger shopping street. This is the old Dongmen shopping street where all the wholesalers are located. There are lanes after lanes of shops. Take your time to explore the lanes behind.
Dongmen main street has several up class shopping malls selling expensive products.
Pickpocket crime rates are terrible in Shenzhen for tourist who are not cautious. Hold your bag tight or carry a sling bag if you can. Do not expose your money in public. There are many eyes watching you & targeting tourists – the syndicate work in groups. Leave your expensive jewelry at home. There are security guards on duty along the streets but prevention is better than cure. So stay low profile and you will be safe.