China’s reforms and opening up are driving growth in Xiamen. It is a premier international seaport and a popular tourist destination, with unique shopping districts combining international brands and local independent stores, which offer an appealing shopping experience for both local residents and tourists. Retro interior designs, creative products and excellent service are key features of the local fine speciality stores.
Although Xiamen is less economically developed than China’s first-tier cities, it has attracted many international brands, which bring commercial value to the historic district. In addition to brands, local operators are bringing in more experiential features, including cultural exhibitions, to Xiamen.
Xiamen is a city where different cultures meet, which contributes to the city’s entrepreneurial spirit. Tourists enjoy shopping at local places such as Zhongshan Road and Gu Lang Yu. Speciality gift shops with European architecture and attractive interior decoration are among the highlights of the local shopping experience.
Xiamen’s geographic features and its relatively high density of population have contributed to a boom in local convenience stores and supermarkets located in or near residential areas. Residents thus have easy access to both mass supermarkets and high-end daily shopping outlets.
The favourable economic and foreign trade environment favour the development of cross-border commerce in Xiamen. Travellers can benefit from pick-up services at the airport for local specialities.
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