Xi'an Shopping

Shuyuanmen, the street of arts
Souvenirs at Shuyuanmen Cultural Street

While marveling at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around Xi’an, more and more tourists are also interested in shopping here. The most popular and favorite things for travelers are local products and souvenirs, such as Calligraphy Rubbings, Tang Tri-color Porcelain Replicas, Terracotta Warriors Replicas, Paper Cuts, Dry-cured Beef, Dried Persimmon & Walnut & Shaanxi Jujube and Xifeng Liquor.

Note: Prior to purshasing food products to take home check to see if your country restricts the import of such items.

Where to Buy Souvenirs in Xi’an

Apart from the featured streets of Shuyuanmen Ancient Cultural Street and Muslim Quarter, you can also find several nice souvenir markets in Xi’an to buy the unique artworks as souvenirs, such as Tang West Market, surrounding area of Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. In big supermarkets, there is always an area for local specialties for tourists’ convenience.

Where to Go Daily Shopping in Xi’an


There are several commercial centers in Xi’an including Bell & Drum Tower Commercial Centre, Xiaozhai, Gaoxin Business Area, Giant Wild Pagoda and its surrounding area and Kangfu Road commercial areas. Bell & Drum Tower Commercial Centre is the most important and popular shopping area in Xi’an, permeated with strong traditional atmosphere. Xiaozhai is a thriving commercial area in Xi’an which mainly attracts young people with its trendy fashions. Gaoxin Business Area is a location where there is a preponderance of white-collar groups and prices tend to be high there. Giant Wild Pagoda and its surrounding area is a great place to buy local artworks.  While, Kangfu Road commercial area is great destination for wholesale shopping; you can bargain there for the goods you desire at surprisingly low prices.

West Street, Xi'an
West Street
Kai Yuan Shopping Mall, near Bell Tower, Xi'an
Kai Yuan Shopping Mall

There are many shopping malls in Xi’an, such as Century Ginwa Shopping Mall, Kai Yuan Shopping Mall, Saga Shopping Mall, Minsheng Department Store, Golden Eagle Shopping Market and Wanda Plazas. They provide a wide variety of good quality products including food, clothing, electronics, jewelry and they also try to meet the demands of different classes of customers.

If you wish to buy clothes, there are several clothes markets worth a visit. Whether you want to buy international big brands or relatively cheaper clothes, these clothing markets will invariably meet your requirements.

Supermarkets are numerous in Xi’an and in the main can be found around universities and residential areas. Also, there are some that are easily acceaaible in the city center. The famous ones include Vanguard, Ren Ren Le, Yonghui Superstores, Wal-Mart. You can go daily shopping for almost anything you need there.

Reading book is a great way to spend free time when you are staying in Xi'an. There are many bookstores in the city providing all kinds of books in different languages.

Xi’an Shopping Tips

1. International bank cards are not widely accepted in Xi’an. Therefore, bringing some RMB cash is always necessary. Or you can choose WeChat or Alipay to pay; they are recognized widely from big shopping malls to roadside convenience stores.
2. As the shopping centers are always very crowded, especially during weekends and holidays, you should be aware of pickpockets.
3. It is recommended that you negotiate to lower prices when buying things from wholesale markets, street vendors or some small stores. However, bargaining is not acceptable at shopping malls and supermarkets.

- Last updated on Sep. 07, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shopping in Xi'an
Asked by szeratsion from ERITREA | Sep. 07, 2023 00:09Reply
where can I buy a laptop and how much will it cost
i want to use it my studies in engineering
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Answered by James | Sep. 07, 2023 19:35

You can buy it in some large malls and it generally costs CNY5,000 or above. The higher the configuration, the higher the price. Saga Mall at No. 8, Middle Yanta Road is also a good place to buy laptops and computers.
Asked by Charlotte from FRANCE | Jan. 21, 2020 07:58Reply
Which makeup stores can I find in Xi'an ?
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Answered by Henry from CANADA | Jan. 21, 2020 17:25

You can go to SEG International Shopping Center, which is located at No.123, Middle Chang'an Road.
Asked by Suchitra from MALAYSIA | Oct. 29, 2019 00:23Reply
Where can i buy winter cloths in Xi'an?
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Answered by Suzy from THAILAND | Oct. 30, 2019 18:41

You can buy it in any big shopping mall like SEG Plaza, located at No.123, Middle Chang'an Road.
Asked by John Vale from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 12, 2019 02:07Reply
Where is the best place to go in Xi'an to buy a cheap mobile phone?
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Answered by Claire from USA | Oct. 14, 2019 02:01

You can have a look at SEG Computer City, which is located at No.8, Yanta Road, Beilin district. But to be honest, it is more expensive to buy cellphone in brick-and-mortar store nowadays in China.
Asked by John Vale from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 12, 2019 02:05Reply
Where can I buy a laptop in Xi'an?
I am going to the city and want to buy a new laptop. Where is the best place?
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Answered by Nina from CANADA | Oct. 14, 2019 20:02

Maybe you can go to SEG Computer City, which is located at No.8, Yanta Road. And there are also some brand chain stores around it.
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