Another place to visit in Zhejiang Province
22.09.2008 35 °C
Not far from Wuzhen is a great place if you are interested in buying leather goods in China. Busloads of travellers visit from many parts including Hangzhou and Shanghai to the famous leather "market". It sounds very casual and like it would be rows of stalls, but it is in fact a huge shopping centre (mall) with many many shops. On the first sfloor there are mainly bag shops - handbags, luggage, purses, wallets and so forth although at the rear of the girst floor you will find gloves, sandals, toys and other nick Knacks. The shops all look pretty upmarket, and sell many designer brands of bags.
On the second floor are rows of shops selling leather clothes - thousands of leather jackets, skirts, trousers, and more. Some really way out designs too.
As well there are many fancy jackets, mainly of fox fur. (OK, it may not be as popular to wear animal furs these days, but you can look!!!)
On the floor above are more expensive leather items - really for the serious spender. At these shops you can barter. It is great sport. You can come away with some great bargains.
(I bought a great leather bag for 200 RMB - a bargain? It is to me!)
Several months ago I bought my first leather coat - very nice well made outfit.
Behind the mall/complex there are more shops and this is where you will find the Shoe plaza. Sadly my big feet are a curiousity in China and I am unable to find shoes in these markets to fit me. But for standard or small size feet, there are some great buys.
Haining is pretty easy to get to. There are busses and trains from Shanghai and Hangzhou, and many tour groups go there.
Great place. Great Leather.