Wuai Market
Wuai Market
4.5
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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4.5
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garagestudio
Orlando, FL351 contributions
Couples
Great Chinese shopping experience, block after block, stall after stall, building after building.

Every kind of good you can imagine. Whole buildings of shoes, clothes, office equipment and more.

If you like to shop, do not miss this. Unlike some markets ion other cities, people here are very friendly and there is really no hassling of the customers by shop owners.

BARGAIN ON EVERYTHING...Foreigners should feign total indifference, be willing to walk away, and pay no more than 30% of the initial asking price.
Written November 24, 2011
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Richardfreetoroam
London, Canada57 contributions
Solo
This market is well organized and will provide you with a great variety of items to buy. It’s important that one has an idea of what you want and are willing to pay. It’s worthwhile to take the time to move from stall to stall selling the same types of items to get an idea of the prices. Each stall does try to differentiate itself with what they sell so wander and haggle a bit without buying.
Once you decide what you want, offer 1/3 of what they ask and then haggle with a smile. Be nice about it but be firm and ready to walk away. I have found these vendors kinder than some I met in Beijing.
Written May 3, 2019
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Richardfreetoroam
London, Canada57 contributions
Solo
Large buildings with 5 floors. It is best to arrive and reconnoiter before you begin to buy anything. One building has a floor of watch kiosks. Lots to see and wander around with. Silk scarves to be had on the first floor of another building. I would suggest never buying from the first two stores you go into. Get the idea of the prices and be sure to set your own price before you haggle. Overall, give yourself lots of time to wander and enjoy.
Written October 25, 2018
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Jedai79
Singapore, Singapore2,532 contributions
Couples
Why we went?

We went there because of a TA reviewer of Hotel Jen mentioned it and also the attraction of its past 4A rating by the tourism board. However, this rating has been removed early this year. We forgot the reasons.

What goods were offered?

1. No branded goods.

2. 100% cotton good quality pyjamas and nighties (not the synthetic material ones sold at malls near Tai Yuan (太原街)and Middle (中街)pedestrianized streets.

3. Ladies'/gents' undergarments, socks etc.

4. Fake flowers/plants for vertical garden board decorations.

5. Chinese wedding invitation cards, gift boxes, decorations like those offered at a basement shop in Parkway Parade, Singapore.

6. Curtains

7. Other household stuff.

8. Some shop owners who spoke fluent Mandarin were North Koreans.

How to go?

Went to Wuai (五爱市场)on 17 May. Took Bus 237 from opposite of Hotel Jen by Shangrila. Alighted about 7-9 stations later at Fengyu Tan Street (风雨坛街, Fengyu Tan Jie).

After alighting at the bus stop, first turn right, walk about 400-500m, cross a two-direction street (that's Fengyu Tan Street 风雨坛街)turn left when you see a petrol station. Walk straight down and Doubletree Hotel (see our photo) will rise diagonally on your left. Doubletree Hotel looks like Marriott Hotel South Beach Singapore like two pregnant ladies. Please refer to GPS for more details.

Is it a MUST?

No.

How was our shopping experience?

The walk there from where we alighted was not good at all, dusty, dirty and lots of potholes. Perhaps taking a cab there would have been a better choice. There were construction sites around Wuai.

We have been to another wholesale centre in Zhengzhou (郑州)(another Province, not Liaoning Province where Shenyang is in) near Zhengzhou Train Station , that Centre was much newer, cleaner and had more shoppers. Wuai was so quiet on a Wed early afternoon. May be we were late and there were more shoppers in the morning or more shoppers during weekends?

Prices

No idea if they are cheaper because cost of living in different Chinese cities differs. Moreover, for the past 15 years we have been travelling to China, prices have gone up some 2 or 3 folds. The only thing that did not go up much was public transport. Only able to furnish you guys an example: in Zhuhai (珠海),Guangdong Province , next to Macau, the underground shopping city near the immigration (Gongbei Immigration 拱北海关)used to sell 100% cotton good quality pyjamas at RMB100 for 3 sets but at Wuai, it was RMB60 for 1 set. Whether Zhuhai's pyjamas prices and cost of living have gone up, we don't know as we last went there 4 years ago. May be we were supposed to bargain at Wuai and we did not because we forgot. It's always fixed price in Singapore.

Will we recommend/will we go again?

Go only if you have something to buy, if not, shopping at Taiyuan and Middle streets (太原街和中街)is more pleasant. Shenyang has too much of flying particles (looked like snowflakes, lallangs) on both days that we were there. It just felt so dirty and dusty. When we asked shop owners what the white flying particles were and they said they come from some plants and it has always been like this in May.

No, we will not go to Wuai again even if we were to go Shenyang again.
Written May 23, 2017
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willysee
Shenyang, China60 contributions
this is the Northeast biggest wholesale market. Starts at 6am and end around 3pm- the very early start is for the retailers to reprenish their supply.
An eye opener- It is a true reflection of the " china is the world's factories". Items on sales range from pins to statue. Clothing for all seasons. It also serves as the oultet for retailers from other provinces and Even russian retailers make a beehive to this place.
Written September 4, 2019
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BenCard
Queretaro City, Mexico78 contributions
Solo
I enjooy Wuai Market specially for the watches section on the second floor. Very good deals and good quality product - you HAVE to deal the prices, you can usually cut it down buy almost a 1/3 of the introduced price they will show you (for watches). Other stuff can also be negociated. There are so many shops, ask the price, give yours and if they say no - just walk away, they'll either catch you up to agree to your price or you can get the same thing in another store :-)

This has anything, shoes, car parts, watches, bags, hats, bedding, souvenirs, cheap jewellery, etc...

Worth a visit !!
Written February 20, 2016
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ShawnaCanuck
Vancouver, Canada267 contributions
Traditional Chinese market broken up into 8 buildings that you could spend days exploring. I only managed to scratch the surface of 4 of the buildings over two mornings. They are much quieter in the morning. One of the mornings we went at 6am, while not everything was open it was worth it because we were able to get a grasp of the layout without the crowds.

You have to be prepared to spend some time here, to dig for treasures and to barter once you find them (including walking away if the price isn't right as you'll find the same item in another store). Cash only! Wear a cross body purse with several pockets inside to keep your money safe as this is a crowded space where your valuables can easily be lifted.

I was looking for souvenirs for back home so I purchased scarves, purses and wallets. Bras and socks are cheap to stock up on here as well. Others at my conference bought jewelry but I never managed to locate that building. I would avoid buying clothes here if you are a westerner as the sizing is too small (even if it fits your body, the arms/legs will be too short).
Written October 25, 2015
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Steve B
China220 contributions
Friends
This is a colossal market. We visited to buy a swimming costume, trousers and shirts. Having been given directions as to which of the buildings to go to, I was unprepared for the cacophany of noise once inside. The traders are extremely vocal!

As far as the eye could see there were thousands of shoes, trainers, slippers, sandals, flipflops etc - Mrs Marcos would have thought she had died and gone to heaven. Obtaining the trousers was easy, finiding the stall which carries out alterations was not, given the numerous floors and labyrinth of other stalls - it is easy to become disorientated.

Then the even trickier part - finding shirts to fit me. Being somewhat portly in stature I have the devil's own job in China to find shirts that fit and even if they can encircle my girth they usually ride up to leave some lower plump flesh exposed - not pretty. However, one of the stallholders very kindly directed us to a particular area, which my Chinese companion told me was "the fat people shop"! With hindsight I wish I had bought more than two shirts, for they fit perfectly.

We didn't investigate any other buildings but I am certain that if you want something it will be there in abundance somewhere in the market. An experience not to be missed but if you are with someone don't get separated!
Written August 13, 2015
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4our
New York City, NY3 contributions
Family
I just look around 1,2 floor.. during 5 hours
means.. so wider shopping center
shopping Tip .. when u like to buy something.. always repeat 太贵 taiqui
Written January 16, 2015
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Kumi N
Osaka, Japan204 contributions
Friends
Sorry, I am not local so I felt.
There is not like other Market especially for Clothing Buildings They care only
manufacturer.
Not professional , but this is Chinese culture.
Written October 18, 2019
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