Shitouji Stone Shop

Shitouji Stone Shop, Guangzhou: Address, Phone Number, Shitouji Stone Shop Reviews: 4/5

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Douglas M
By Douglas M
More Than Stones
Jun 2018
‘Today, do you fancy Thailand?’, asked SWMBO showing me a picture on her mobile phone of what to me looked like a Thai temple. ‘A bit far for a day trip!’ was my opinion to her suggestion. Then she told me that we could ‘experience’ Thailand at Jewelery Town in HuaDu, a suburb of GhangZhou about a two-hour bus-ride away. I packed my Pentax camera, mobile phone, selfie-stick, and of course my passport. OK, you don’t need your passport for HuaDu but a necessity as you need id to buy a coach ticket or entry ticket with or without discount. So, at around 10 o’clock we walked the two kilometres or so through the 29C heat and 70% humidity to the GuangYuan coach station. Near the coach station SWMBO studied her mobile and announced that the 713 bus goes to HauDu and its stop is just outside the coach station. We waited and a few minutes later (they are every 15 minutes) a No. 713 bus arrived. We clambered on and paid the outrageous 5 Yuan fare for the two-hour journey and settled down to the bone jarring trip. Once you leave the city you see the real China of old and new apartment blocks, new and decrepit factories, road works, thousands of motorbikes and rubbish. Everywhere mountains of rubbish and rubble, fly-tipping on a grand scale. After further consulting her mobile SWMBO announced we’d have to get another bus from HuaDu bus station to Jewelery Town. SWMBO talked to the driver who reckoned a No. 9 bus was the one. In HauDu town centre he shouted that there was a No. 9 behind us and to get off and catch it as this would save us an hour of travelling. We took his advice and changed buses. Another 20 minutes and we were, the driver reckoned, at the stop for Jewelery Town. We walked up the road fifty metres and there it was, well a couple of golden elephants and an arch indicated the entrance. A road disappeared arrow like towards the distant hills. You’ll see this place called Jewelery Town or iStone Mineral Park. As an aside ‘ShiTou’ is stone and Ji, in this case, is sign or mark. First, it isn’t a town but a retail opportunity site for bus-loads of Chinese day-trippers. Second, it isn’t just one shop, there are lots of them scattered around. Third, not just stone and jade from China but silver and just about everything else from Thailand is on sale. Fourth, there are museums, interesting but, I suspect, no time to visit if you’re on a bus trip. Fifth, there’s a nice upmarket café where we had time, not being on an organised day-tip, to indulge ourselves in excellent noodles and soup. The café is next to the museum where you can see, and I suspect buy stones and minerals. We then found Thailand! Well, China’s idea of Thailand with lots of statues, minarets and elephants all painted gold, with roofs of blue and green over shops selling Thai gewgaws and snacks. The silver museum is well worth a visit just to marvel at the craftsmanship. Of course, the museum leads to the retail experience where you can marvel and the prices. SWMBO bought three jade Buddha necklaces for a bargain 300 Yuan, knocked down from 450 Yuan, for presents. As we wandered towards the exit we diverted into the Treasure Bowl shop. I wanted a couple of nice pebbles for my fish tanks. There are stones of all colours and sizes, stones by the million! Two blue and white pebbles set me back 94 Yuan! The pebbles are now at the bottom of my two tanks where the occupants don’t appear to appreciate my largess. Overall, there’s not much to see unless you’re into stones and silver, but there’s many enticements to deplete your WeChat wallet or relieve you of your cash. There’s even a China Construction Bank cash machine building near the entrance but don’t expect to be able to access your account in England. Not much in English. Plenty of clean toilets. After the Treasure Bowl it was back to the No. 9 bus stop and into HuaDu, a 20-minute wait (SWMBO bought ‘countryside’ sticky rice while we waited, her verdict ‘countryside’ which is as low as she goes) for the 713 then another bone jarring two-hour stop-start journey to GuangZhou. A cup of coffee was my priority as we entered our front door.

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Greg S
Sydney, Australia1,564 contributions
Interesting themes along with Stones
Nov 2019 • Friends
It’s worth a visit! We were in the area , after looking at Yuen Yuen Taoist Temple Complex. In addition to selling an array of expensive stones, it’s like a theme park with rock sculptures, restaurants, fast food, Thai theme area along with much more! We travelled by car!
Written November 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Douglas M
Guangzhou, China1,973 contributions
More Than Stones
Jun 2018 • Couples
‘Today, do you fancy Thailand?’, asked SWMBO showing me a picture on her mobile phone of what to me looked like a Thai temple. ‘A bit far for a day trip!’ was my opinion to her suggestion. Then she told me that we could ‘experience’ Thailand at Jewelery Town in HuaDu, a suburb of GhangZhou about a two-hour bus-ride away.

I packed my Pentax camera, mobile phone, selfie-stick, and of course my passport. OK, you don’t need your passport for HuaDu but a necessity as you need id to buy a coach ticket or entry ticket with or without discount.

So, at around 10 o’clock we walked the two kilometres or so through the 29C heat and 70% humidity to the GuangYuan coach station. Near the coach station SWMBO studied her mobile and announced that the 713 bus goes to HauDu and its stop is just outside the coach station. We waited and a few minutes later (they are every 15 minutes) a No. 713 bus arrived. We clambered on and paid the outrageous 5 Yuan fare for the two-hour journey and settled down to the bone jarring trip.

Once you leave the city you see the real China of old and new apartment blocks, new and decrepit factories, road works, thousands of motorbikes and rubbish. Everywhere mountains of rubbish and rubble, fly-tipping on a grand scale.

After further consulting her mobile SWMBO announced we’d have to get another bus from HuaDu bus station to Jewelery Town. SWMBO talked to the driver who reckoned a No. 9 bus was the one. In HauDu town centre he shouted that there was a No. 9 behind us and to get off and catch it as this would save us an hour of travelling. We took his advice and changed buses. Another 20 minutes and we were, the driver reckoned, at the stop for Jewelery Town.

We walked up the road fifty metres and there it was, well a couple of golden elephants and an arch indicated the entrance. A road disappeared arrow like towards the distant hills.

You’ll see this place called Jewelery Town or iStone Mineral Park. As an aside ‘ShiTou’ is stone and Ji, in this case, is sign or mark.

First, it isn’t a town but a retail opportunity site for bus-loads of Chinese day-trippers. Second, it isn’t just one shop, there are lots of them scattered around. Third, not just stone and jade from China but silver and just about everything else from Thailand is on sale. Fourth, there are museums, interesting but, I suspect, no time to visit if you’re on a bus trip. Fifth, there’s a nice upmarket café where we had time, not being on an organised day-tip, to indulge ourselves in excellent noodles and soup.
The café is next to the museum where you can see, and I suspect buy stones and minerals.

We then found Thailand! Well, China’s idea of Thailand with lots of statues, minarets and elephants all painted gold, with roofs of blue and green over shops selling Thai gewgaws and snacks. The silver museum is well worth a visit just to marvel at the craftsmanship. Of course, the museum leads to the retail experience where you can marvel and the prices. SWMBO bought three jade Buddha necklaces for a bargain 300 Yuan, knocked down from 450 Yuan, for presents.

As we wandered towards the exit we diverted into the Treasure Bowl shop. I wanted a couple of nice pebbles for my fish tanks. There are stones of all colours and sizes, stones by the million! Two blue and white pebbles set me back 94 Yuan! The pebbles are now at the bottom of my two tanks where the occupants don’t appear to appreciate my largess.

Overall, there’s not much to see unless you’re into stones and silver, but there’s many enticements to deplete your WeChat wallet or relieve you of your cash. There’s even a China Construction Bank cash machine building near the entrance but don’t expect to be able to access your account in England.

Not much in English. Plenty of clean toilets.

After the Treasure Bowl it was back to the No. 9 bus stop and into HuaDu, a 20-minute wait (SWMBO bought ‘countryside’ sticky rice while we waited, her verdict ‘countryside’ which is as low as she goes) for the 713 then another bone jarring two-hour stop-start journey to GuangZhou.

A cup of coffee was my priority as we entered our front door.
Written June 14, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mitchel N
Santa Monica, CA207 contributions
More Than A Stone Shop It's A Museum
Feb 2015 • Family
The Shitouji Stone Shop is also known as the iStone Mineral Park or the OneStone Mineral Park and it is a fantastic place for an all day visit. At this 'park' you will enter a series of rooms where minerals from all over China and the world are on display. Most of them are in their brilliant natural form but later in the exhibit which is set up more like an Art Gallery you will see cut and polished minerals displayed as elegant jewelry.

This is actually a great place for learning and is frequented by many schools throughout the Guangzhou area. There are several opportunities to buy finished and natural stones and mountain stones with stands. Many of the products sold are finished and produced on the park grounds. This area can be visited but when I was there at the time of Chinese New Year it was closed with all workers spending time with family.

I purchased some yellow jade and was surprised to see that each one was then packaged in an individual plastic bag and also a gift bag. Later I purchased a river mountain stone and it included a plush box and stand which were also made to fit at the park.

I've taken hundreds of pictures which I have not downloaded yet and if you go take your best cameras and have fun. Some smart phones capture the setting better than my digital cameras but make sure you have enough memory because you will want to look at them again on a big screen.

I hope I can add photos later to this review.
Written March 1, 2015
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