When people talk about cities in China, most of them would think of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but there is a gem that you can’t ignore anymore: Chengdu, the capital city in Sichuan province. It’s famous for hot pot, pandas and quickly becoming the leading fashion city in west China.
Currently, China’s average GDP growth rate is 7.2%, Chengdu’s GDP growth rate remains at around 12%, its success and long history cause it to stand out as a “must visit” location in the west of China. Chengdu appeals to plenty of tourists, coming to sightsee, eat fantastic food or shop the hottest new fashion trends.
Compared to average house prices in Beijing which are $9922.9/㎡, house prices are often around $1648.8/㎡ in Chengdu – this implies that the local residents have more disposable income for consumption. In addition, the life attitude in Chengdu is more focused on enjoying your life rather than long term saving. Super brands such as Balenciaga, Lane Crawford, Burberry, and Dior saw the bright future in Chengdu, they set their first flagship shop in west China in Chunxi Road which is now the most famous commercial street in the city.
Besides these world famous luxury brands, young people of Chengdu are open-minded and always looking for something fresh and original, hence there are also many individual designers’ brands based in Chengdu. You could find them in selected shops down below such as Lane Crawford, Dressing for Fun (耍衫) and Hug.
Brands: Babyghost, Uma Wang, YIRANTIAN, Lemaire, Yang LI, Chalayan, Opening Ceremony, ALYX
Location: No.6 shop, time one building, Wharf China, 6 Dongda Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
YIRANTIAN | YANG LI
Dressing for Fun
Brands: Anrealage, J.W.Anderson, SHUSHU/TONG, SANKUANZ, Minju Kim, Xiao Li, Marques’Almeida
Location: No.24, Ganhuaishu Street, Hongxing Road, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
XIAO LI | MARQUES’ALMEIDA
Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, the most famous retail-led center in Chengdu, located in Shaomao Street, Jinjiang District, represents a modern fashion lifestyle in Chengdu. It is a mixed-use development centered around an open plan, a total floor area of over 100 thousand square meters which is different from the traditional indoor shopping malls. Even the aesthetics of the architecture of Taikoo Li is unique. It is a great combination of ancient and modern, where the visitors can walk and enjoy a unique shopping experience surrounded by modern architectures, ancient stone streets as well as fountains and birds.
Besides fashion boutiques and fancy restaurants, Taikoo Li is famous for its giant bookstore called Fangsuo(方所). Fangsuo provides people a quiet space to read in the hustle and bustle of a big city center.
It covers from literature, architecture, art, design to economics, philosophy and cooking. You could also find the latest magazines here from all over of the world.
After reading, you could go for these little shops inside which sell individual designer’s accessories and ceramics as well as notebooks. Or simply enjoy the uniqueness of the surroundings. If you had a chance to visit Chengdu besides food and culture, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with its fashion lifestyle.
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