Enjoy Shopping in China with Your Chinese Girlfriend

| April 14, 2012

Shopping With Your Chinese GirlfriendOnce you find yourself a Chinese girlfriend on an online dating site, it’s time to get ready to visit China and meet her and her family in person. Unless you see her world and experience it yourself, you can never understand her completely. Whether your love survives the stress of personal meeting or not, memories of your visit to China are likely to remain with you the rest of your life.

Chinese people in general are quite tolerant of, if not outright friendly to, foreigners. They are polite people and shouting or losing temper won’t get you anywhere with them. The best way to handle unsavory situations is to keep your temper in control and remain patient and polite. No matter which city you are visiting, you would always be enticed into shopping even if it for a few souvenirs for friends and family back home. Prices at malls and large stores are usually fixed. But most souvenir shops selling local handicrafts such as jade jewelry, embroidery, calligraphy, paintings and carvings in wood, stone and bamboo come in the bargaining zone.

Whether you are shopping alone or in company, be ready to haggle for what you think the stuff is worth. Don’t for a moment imagine that shop keepers are trying to rip you off because you are a foreigner or tourist, it’s the way things are done there. Novice and inexperienced Chinese also end up paying too much. The seller tries to assess how much the customer knows about the appropriate prices and negotiate accordingly. Let your Chinese girlfriend help you a few times. Bargaining becomes an interesting experience, a battle of wits when shopping for clothes and souvenirs as in the end you pay for things what they are worth to you.  Below are some useful tips for shopping in China.

Once you find something you really like and want to have, don’t show your eagerness and excitement.

Always let the shop owner name the price and begin with offering 1/5 of that. Increase your offer slowly and allow him to come down. Getting something for 1/3 of beginning price is decent and ¼ is outstanding.

Be polite and patient and make sure not to offend the seller as he is more likely to offer concessions if haggling is fun for him also. As long as they can save face, they let their wares go quite cheap.

Be careful. Counterfeit currency is common in China.


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