Guangzhou China Fabric Markets

Almost a year ago I went to Hong Kong and had the chance to visit Sham Shui Po Fabric Market. I was thrilled to score some good quality fabrics and those rare ones that I couldn’t find it back in Malaysia. Do read about my experience here if you haven’t.

Ever since that trip,I’ve been waiting for the right time to rope in my crafter friends on  a fabric shopping spree. Long story short, Maizura, Liza and I finally decided that we should go to Guangzhou China as we heard ‘this is the real deal’ ‘the mother of all fabric markets’. Upon approval from our husbands (yay!) we proceed to book our flight tickets and waited anxiously for the day to come.

We arrived Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou on 30th April 2014  in the morning.

The first fabric market we went was the HighSun String & Cloth Market (also known as HighSun Fabric Market). We took taxi to the market as it was more convenient that way. Tip #1 , for non mandarin speaking tourist like us , we came prepared printed the mandarin name and showed to the taxi driver. He understood right away and took us there, about couple minutes drive only from our hotel .

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In front of the store. Yes all smiley and super excited 🙂

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This Aunty shop carries variety of linen materials and she’s super nice too! We like her a lot that we came back again with more order.

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Liza felt all giddy here hahaha …honestly, we are all spoilt with tons of  fabric choices.

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Haggling is a must here! That’s my “gimme good price aunty..i buy many many”  pfft hahaha

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Some that I bought on that day..

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We stayed in Highsun until close to 6pm. Then we headed back to hotel as all of us suddenly felt our stomach growling- literally shop till we drop!

Day two –  Welcome to Zhongda Fabric Market (中大瑞纺布匹市场 ).  We arrived early morning around 9am and yerp! this time with our luggage bags. Pretty ambitious I’ll say. We took translator this time round as we’re not that confident when it comes to dealing with whole sellers.(or so we thought hmmm)

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Inside Zhongda.

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As expected there were swatches on each shops. Unfortunately due to Labor day many shops were closed ..even if there are shops that operates, they are unable to get fabrics as warehouses are closed as well. However they suggested we placed our orders and swing by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, as by then warehouses are open.To be honest we were rather skeptical about the arrangement , firstly our flights back is tomorrow night and secondly we rather not take the risk of losing our deposit money if we failed to picked up/they failed to deliver.

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Anyhow we didn’t came back empty handed. Liza managed to grab few meters on the spot from a shop that happen to kept some fabric sample. As for the rest of us, we went for sewing accessories like rick racks, buttons, lace, knit elastic band which was pretty awesome too!

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On Day three – Well, we went back to HighSun for the same reason – another round of fabric freezy..haha just an excuse to finish up our yuans, which I might add was a good choice we make , as we got familiar and know which shops has yummy fabrics selections. We scored relatively good %  too if I may say ..so hurrah!

Ok here are some tips I gather :

1. Never ever ever Ever accept the first price offer.

2. Try to walk around first before you start buying .

2. Make sure what you bargain is what you really really want. It’s just not nice if you bargain and not interested to buy. So be nice to the seller too ya.

3. If the price offer is not right,  tryyyy walking away from the seller (tactics hehe)..and chances are sometimes they will call you back and give you your last offer price. But sometimes, they might just ignored you as they find your offer price too low ..haha in that case, if you really2 like it just buy lah!

4.Chinese beliefs first customer in the morning should bring “ong” (luck) for their business. We happened to come early that day. So as a first buyer they gave quite a good price. I even managed to get few meters free as well from the ‘many-many’ meters I bought from this seller., I believe she kinda like me hahaha ..My friends can attest to that 🙂

5. Few basic English to communicate “how much”(show the calculator), “buy many-many?”, “ok not ok?”

 

To conclude  I even made this table below as a comparison between HighSun vs Zhongda Fabric Markets.

 FABRIC MARKETS Highsun (Haiyin) Fabrics Market海印布匹市场 Zhongda Fabric Market(中大瑞纺布匹市场 — Zhongda Rui Fang Bu Pi Shichang)
Fabrics almost any kinds of fabrics can be found here, for curtains, bedsheets, silk materials, chiffon and cotton. you’ll be overwhelmed with the choices they have, you have to refer to their fabric swatches inside/outside their shops.
The place it is ideal for small quantity fabric purchases (between 2-10 meters) and for tailor making dresses. it mostly targeted for whole sellers, selling wide varieties of fabrics and taking up order until 1000 meters!
Opening Hours 9.30am – 6pm 8.30am – 6pm/7pm
Minimun Purchase you can buy small quantities about one meter of fabric Depending on each shop, some prefer you to buy in bulk. However, you can inquire them if you can buy fabrics as sample abt 5-10 meters, sometimes they do take up. Try asking
Do I have to wait for my fabric order? Normally they have their stocks within reach, so you can get your fabrics order right on the spot. Most of the time,Yes you do have to wait because their warehouse is elsewhere so they need to make contact for your order. some i read takes an hour or so, but for us they requested a day/ two days of delivery
Location/Address 沿江东路429 号海印大厦 海印布艺城1-4/F, Haiyin Building, 429 Yanjiang Dong Lu, GUANGZHOU Guangzhou Zhongda Fabric Market
海珠区新港西路中大国际轻纺城 Xingang Xi LuChina Fabrics and Accessories Center
(广州国际轻纺城 — Guangzhou guo ji qing fang cheng)
How to get there?  We didn’t take the metro, we took taxi , it was about 15 minute drive there. If by metro station > stop at Sun Yat Sen University, Exit D. Walk straight 200 meters after the exit and turn right on Ruikang Road. Then you will find fabric markets all over that street.By taxi from our Sino Trade Center hotel, took us about 20 minutes. The fare was about 20yuan.

Other good write up I look up before the trip was from these readers:

Libertad

Michele Ng part 1 | part 2

Our translator name was Carrie, from ChinaFabrix . She came to our hotel and we all went together to Zhongda.

In case you’re wondering, we stayed at Sino Trade Centre Hotel which we highly recommended. Great location, easy public transport access, there’s 7-11 and Circle K , a bakery shop and if you’re a muslim there’s few blocks away a halal restaurant. In the morning there’s a flea market just behind the hotel and there’s a yummy yogurt seller nearby too.

All in all, based on our business needs & the time we have in Guangzhou we preferred HighSun Fabric Market. That being said given the chance we would definitely like to come again to Zhongda Fabric Market and maybe this time we might place our orders 😉

I personally hope this entry inspired you readers to hop on that plane and explore this city!

Other places we went during this trip was One Link Plaza (selling lotsa toys, gifts and household items), Beijing Lu (fashion street) and One Link Walk (just to checkout Zara Home !).

The End.

 

 

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The HK story for the next few days..

The next day, it rained the morning we went to Disneyland Luckily on the first day went we get to cover most disney rides.
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we walk alot, we laugh alot too and we truly had fun!tiring but fun more 🙂 we sure don’t mind coming back to hong kong. our last six day trip ended spending every dollar at city gate shopping mall and for me, was the sham shui po fabric market (refer previous two entry).

so where to next? heh

Here You Leave Today and Enter The World of Yesterday,Tomorrow & Fantasy

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My husband and I have been keeping secrets from our kids about our Hong Kong vacation. Somehow along the way Mia found out and was super excited that she didn’t slept at all in flight, well only doze off when we were about to land. Anyhow, this trip was extra special because we went together with good friends. Six adults, four kids and two babies. Full house!

Tickets to Disneyland were bought months ago during Malaysia’s Matta fair. It was quite a good deal. We stayed at Disneyland Hotel for three days and two nights.

One main reason we opt to stayed in this hotel was to spend the time with the Disney character during breakfast. Kids was stoked when Mickey Mouse then Goofy then Pluto came to our tables.

We make a move to Disneyland about 9.30am by a shuttle bus provided from the hotel. The queue to enter Disneyland wasn’t that bad – I believe we came during a non-peak session. Ten am sharp they opened the entrance. We were super glad weather was bright and sunny as couple days ago HK weather forecasted raining.

We’re so happy to see kids enjoyed themselves tremendously. I would say it is a perfect age & time we brought the kids to Disneyland.

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to be continue…

 

The One that Inspired me

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The amazing thing about blogging is it connected people. Truthfully I myself learn a lot from inspiring bloggers from motherhood stories and talented crafty ones are my faves.

One special lady I befriended through blog worlds is Aida R.  A Malaysian who stays abroad in Iqaluit, Canada ..very close to the arctic circle.She is an amazing mom to two beautiful kids and very good with sewing. Almost all her children’s garment are handmade –  from winter jackets to summer dresses! So it was from her cool sewing adventure that got me really inspired to take up sewing as well. She was ever willing to share tips and even posted me draft patterns she traced out for me to try out. Very kind lady! However she has left the blogging world and her blog has been kept private ever since. Good thing we still keep in touch via facebook and emails.

Recently she make a trip back to Malaysia with her five years old boy. I was more than happy to finally get to meet her! We have been internet friends for six years.. almost as old as our eldest girls. Ava stayed back with her father for she has to attend school so it was only Ben and her mommy.

Friday was a public holiday for us in kl so I was able to bring Aida & Ben for little sightseeing around kl city.

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A year to be thankful

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Before we end our 2012, we held a small and intimate majlis akikah for my baby Mukhriz. It was on a beautiful Saturday morning, on 22nd of December.

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We had two kambing golek, yummy lauk pauk and coconut jelly. There were about twenty marhaban ladies who came to officiated the event. Thankfully the weather was kind to us, it was sunny in the afternoon then it was drizzling quite a bit  but just for awhile later back to glorious sun.

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My three month-ish boy.

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Dah chubby skit dah dia

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Uhuh..my very “helpful” children

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For this special occasion, I’m quite happy I manage to squeeze the little time that I had to make something for my youngest boy. A handmade mini jubah for him, the hot air balloon mobile hang on the cradle and the cloud pillows. Of course all was not done in a day, took me two weeks to get it all planned, prepared and sew up. The idea of all white and whimsical decoration came when I was pondering in my craft room and it clicked me when I was staring at my own curtain – that is full of hot air balloons and clouds.

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Ever so curious kids
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My cute niece Sarah  & Mike. Haha so cute la these two!17

“THIS is the way to take snap photo laaaa” HAHA
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Ayoo ..it seems someone is busy with his new ip5

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It was indeed a very eventful year for us all, felt almost like a year being pregger, got admitted to the hospital twice before actually went into labour. But all was good, alhamdullilah. And just today, we went for Mia’s school orientation. My girl is going to a big school.Oh wow! Feels surreal! I can’t believe my eldest is all grown up and ready to be a year one student in a big big school.

Anyhow I can’t wait what is instill for me in the next year. I pray to be always blessed by the Al-Mighty. InshaAllah.

Have a great awesome new year peeps and happy holiday 🙂 X

 

The rest of the pictures will be uploaded in flickr like always.