The Random Writings of Rachel: DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen

DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen

Mall-lover that I am, it made perfect sense that one of the first outings we would go on here would be to the well-known shopping area of DongMen. These streets are lined with small shops and tunnel-like entrances into large, multi-story malls where I'm pretty much convinced it's possible to purchase just about anything, provided you knew both what you were looking for and where you could find it.

DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen, China

DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen, China

Angel always carries an umbrella outdoors, to preserve his fair complexion. I'm too cool to carry an umbrella, because I've been on an unexplainable anti-umbrella strike for my entire life.
 

DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen, China

Their version of a dollar store?
 
DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen, China

DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen, China

I can actually read that sign! It says Lao Dong Men Xu Shi Tu. Now you know. Oh, what's it mean? It seems to mean something along the lines of: these are pictures of what DongMen used to be like back in the day.


This is what I had had to purchase on our shopping adventure: a little notebook that I have named The Golden Shining Notebook of Joy. Have you ever seen such a sparkly notebook? I'm sure you understand why I had to buy it on sight. I needed The Golden Shining Notebook of joy to take notes from my Chinese class in.
 

This is what tempted Angel, the candy store. He got himself a back of strawberryish candy. I didn't have any, so I can't report on how worthwhile the purchase was, but he devoured it quickly.
 

There was also a real, live Transformer in DongMen. It's Bumblebee, right?
 
DongMen Shopping Streets, ShenZhen, China

 This was the secret entrance of the mall that we stumbled into and got lost in a gigantic labyrinth of shopping for more than an hour.

We came out of DongMen after having  spent a total of 52 Yuan ($8.50), on a DVD, my Golden Shining Notebook of Joy, Angel's candy, and a bubble tea. It was a grand mini-adventure and I'm sure we'll be back if we find ourselves in need of something that we think could possibly be found within the depths of these malls.

24 comments:

  1. Of course, you had to buy the sparkly notebook. I wonder if something similar is available in the US?

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  2. haha love the Golden Shining Notebook of Joy^^

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  3. Sparkly notebook for the win! I love shopping in foreign countries, it's such a fun experience!

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  4. Looks like a very interesting place to shop!

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  5. I love shopping in China! You never know what you are going to find! I can't wait to go back someday.

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  6. You're lucky you made it out in an hour! I think I would have been lost for days checking out everything the mall has to offer!

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  7. Only an hour? I would have stayed until they pushed me out the door. I love love love your notebook! Good find!

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  8. A very important notebook, indeed! I always love all your adventure stories. :) And BTW - I don't remember if I told you before - your new blog look is awesome!

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  9. Oh how fun! I think I could waste many hours there. And I think I have seen funny videos on the internet of that same bumble bee. Unless they have life bumble bees on many shopping street corners in China.

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  10. I love shopping trips like that where you get to explore and find all kinds of fun stuff! That notebook is seriously awesome!

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  11. The Transformer is impressive, they do not skim on their costumes! Hope you are settling in well! Sounds like it is going pretty good with the new notebook all all :) I like your new design!

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  12. yayy exploring the town pics! I'm with ya on the umbrella - I can't explain it, its just not in my cards ;)

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  13. I love this kind of outdoor mall - I love that you can walk outside between shops and not be stuck inside all day! And I have to say I would have been tempted by both the candies and that golden shining notebook of joy! :)

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  14. I'm obsessed with the golden notebook of joy. How cute! lol

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  15. Totally understand why you had to grab the The Golden Shining Notebook of joy!!!

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  16. That golden notebook, it's so pretty!

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  17. How fun to explore new places!!! I love that golden notebook and I'm SO jealous that you got to have real, authentic bubble tea!

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  18. i know everyone has already commented on your amazing sparkletastic notebook but i also love it!!! i also appreciate that the glitter is confined because we all know glitter is the STD of the craft world and that stuff gets eveeeerywhere!

    glad you had a fun and affordable shopping experience and very impressed you can read that sign about dong men

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  19. That is one heck of a shiny notebook, and I would have bought it too. I love shiny and glittery things like :)

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  20. You guys are so awesome. I just want you to know that. I love your notebook.

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  21. What a fun adventure! I would love to visit China one day it looks like an amazing place. And of course I could get myself a sparkly golden notebook too :-)

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  22. No way you could pass up the shiny notebook. Cory would die over the real Transformer!

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