The Best Markets in Tianjin

Shop for souvenirs on Tianjin’s Ancient Culture Street
Shop for souvenirs on Tianjin’s Ancient Culture Street | © David Parker / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 October 2019

Though Tianjin has rapidly developed into an economic powerhouse of skyscrapers, megamalls and hotels, the city still retains few original open markets. These markets are one of the few places in Tianjin that will still make you feel like you’re not at home. As China has been the manufacturing centre of the world for the last couple of decades, you can buy a multitude of goods at wholesale prices and plenty more.

Tianjin Foreign Commodities Market

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There’s no denying that Tianjin’s Foreign Commodities Market is largely a centre for knock-offs of Western brands, and that’s all right. But beware as a foreigner, you may stick out and be expected to be able to afford higher prices. Brush up on your Chinese and know the fair prices of goods before you come to this smoky flea market. Leaving with a good bargain will make this shopping experience worth the haggling, though.
These recommendations were updated on October 8, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.