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Another YR blown away by Louhu Market

08-18-2011 18:30 BJT

Justin Fauteux

I’ll always have a story to tell when I wear the suit I bought today.

After a week spent mainly going from stadium to stadium, I made a point today of finally getting to see for myself what I’ve heard so many rave about, Louhu Market.

After a week spent mainly going from stadium to stadium, I made a point today of finally getting to see for myself what I’ve heard so many rave about, Louhu Market.

Numerous times when I told people I would be coming to China, the first they said was, “get a suit made.” With promises of getting a new tailored suit for about $50-$100 Canadian, leaving Shenzhen with a new suit became a personal mission.

So I set out to Louhu market and immediately I saw the madness that so many my young reporter colleagues have talked about. “Buy a watch?” “T-shirt, jeans!” “Good price for you!” Everywhere I went, this is what I heard.

But my mind was set on a new suit, so I made my way through the tailors before settling on one after talking with Adah, a seamstress. Before I knew what had happened I had picked out a fabric and she was taking my measurements. All in a store that was barely bigger than mini van.

Then came the part I was half looking forward to, and half terrified of. The bartering.

I’m proud to say that, through my clumsy haggling skills I got Adah to reduce the price to a fraction of what a suit would cost in Canada, which she of course said was a great country when I told her where I was from.

Quite proud of myself, I went to find some dress shirts; that was when I met Calvin Chiu, a tailor who moved to Shenzhen from Shanghai 10 years ago. Of course, he also said he loved Canada when I told him I was from there and we proceeded to work out a deal.

After later buying a belt, I was out of money, clearly I underestimated how much I would want to buy, but spent some more time wandering the packed shopping centre.

I tried to fine tune my bartering skills, playing the poor student angle, saying I only had 100 Yuan in my pocket, walking away when I didn’t find a price satisfactory, and surprisingly, most of them worked. If only I had more money.

Much like everything I heard about China prior to my arrival, the Louhu market lived up to the hype. That is definitely an experience I’ll remember for a long time.

I pick up my suit and shirts on Sunday, I might just have to bring a little extra Yuan with me and do some more exploring.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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