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Lotus Market
荷花池批发市场
9am - 5pm
East 1st Rd. North Train Station
火车北站东一路
028 8333 3753
028 8334 4825
The Lotus Market is a huge sprawl of shops, selling in bulk, any kind of cheap good you could possible hope for. It includes huge sections devoted entirely to bolts of (lower quality) cloth, toys, art supplies and knick-knacks galore. Located way up in the northern part of the city, the Lotus Market can be overwhelming with the high number of people and trucks racing up and down the streets and through the market’s aisles, but, it is a good place to explore as both a tourist and resident of Chengdu because the prices are low. My sojourn to the Lotus Market resulted in several purchases, including a wool scarf (20 yuan), black stockings (10 yuan), pens and pencils. I also spent hours perusing shops, looking for presents and decorations for the upcoming holidays. This is a good place to go if you need to buy decorations or purchase large volumes of stuff. When looking for teaching supplies for young children, my group found and purchased 20 soccer balls, 10 pairs of badminton racquets, 5 packs of markers, glitter, glue, pastels, rolls of white paper and more, all on a budget of 500 RMB. Go to the Lotus Market on a day you are feeling patient enough to deal with the noisy crowds and be ready to haggle. Most quoted prices can be cut by at least 30%. However, when starting out the bargaining process, try taking a firm stance with an 80% discount. Can’t hurt to try.
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Monica Liau (more chengdu)
The Lotus Market is a huge sprawl of shops, selling in bulk, any kind of cheap good you could possible hope for. It includes huge sections devoted entirely to bolts of (lower quality) cloth, toys, art supplies and knick-knacks galore. Located way up in the northern part of the city, the Lotus Market can be overwhelming with the high number of people and trucks racing up and down the streets and through the market’s aisles, but, it is a good place to explore as both a tourist and resident of Chengdu because the prices are low. My sojourn to the Lotus Market resulted in several purchases, including a wool scarf (20 yuan), black stockings (10 yuan), pens and pencils. I also spent hours perusing shops, looking for presents and decorations for the upcoming holidays. This is a good place to go if you need to buy decorations or purchase large volumes of stuff. When looking for teaching supplies for young children, my group found and purchased 20 soccer balls, 10 pairs of badminton racquets, 5 packs of markers, glitter, glue, pastels, rolls of white paper and more, all on a budget of 500 RMB. Go to the Lotus Market on a day you are feeling patient enough to deal with the noisy crowds and be ready to haggle. Most quoted prices can be cut by at least 30%. However, when starting out the bargaining process, try taking a firm stance with an 80% discount. Can’t hurt to try.

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