Luo Hu Commercial City — Shenzhen, China

Next time you’re in Hong Kong, catch the train up to Lo Wu station, go through HK immigration and walk across the border into mainland China. Once you go through Chinese immigration and get though the thicket of taxi touts, the first building you see is Luo Hu Commercial City. Its five floors contain hundreds of tiny shops, mostly selling “brand name” clothing, shoes and accessories. There are also dozens of tailors who can make or copy anything. If you prefer, there are electronics, DVDs, souvenirs, home furnishings, and maybe a few other things I’ve forgotten.

Luo Hu Commercial City

I go straight to the top floor for the tailoring. First, go to the fabric bazaar. You’ll see every kind of fabric you could imagine, from conservative pinstripes to outrageous fake furs, so be inspired. Then find a tailor: either wait for one to come up to you, or just walk around the rest of the floor, looking in all the tailor shops till you find one who makes clothes that you like. Tell your tailor what you want made. He’ll tell you how much material you’ll need, so you can go to the bazaar and buy. Most normal fabrics seem to cost HK$20-25 after haggling – of course, your haggling skills might be much better than mine. Sometimes, that tailor will come with you, which might help reduce the price, or not.

The tailor should be pretty quick making your clothes – up to a week or so, including a fitting. If you ask nicely enough they might do it in a day. Tailoring prices seem to vary from about HK$50 for a skirt to several hundred for a man’s suit. My rule of thumb is that clothing tended to cost around HK$100 per piece, including fabric and tailoring. This is about US$14, which is a pretty good deal.

There are a few restaurants in the building too – the one on the top floor is cheap and pretty busy. There are also several very inexpensive beauty salons and massage places, where HK$20 will buy you a manicure or a neck massage. They will try to upsell all kinds of things, so watch out, and under no circumstances drink the coffee: it is vile. The beer is OK though.

There are a few electronics shops, selling hi-fi, CD and MP3 players, radios and so on. Some of the merchandise seems amazingly cheap, even if some of the Sony logos seem a little wonky.

If you’re after DVDs, you have come to the right place. You won’t even be able to get in the door without being offered “DVD movie”. The going price seems to vary, but you should be able to get many new releases – including ones that haven’t even hit the cinemas yet – for about HK$4 each. Yes, that’s 50 US cents. There is, of course, a chance that they may not be entirely legitimate.

Last time I went to Luo Hu, I decided to see how many people would off to sell me “DVD Movie” to me as I wandered around. I lost count at about 35. Nice to know I could have spent a bit of money and singlehandedly brought Hollywood to its knees.

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124 Responses to Luo Hu Commercial City — Shenzhen, China

  1. Dan K says:

    Hi Kyle,
    I’m coming to Hong Kong in June and plan on making a trip to Shenzhen for some serious shopping, sound like you’re the person to know in terms of finding the bargains! Would love you to show us around if you can find the time!
    Regards
    Dan K

  2. kyle says:

    Hi Dan K
    This is kyle.Nice to meeting you.Welcome to shenzhen.If you interesting SUPPER AAA quality famous brands handbags watches shoes wallets glasses belt suitcase briefcase travelbag ….Welcome to my shop have a look. I will be happy to show you around and explain some item for you.There are so many shop in here,which shop the quality is best,which shop the price is good price.I can show you very good shop for you.You will have a very good shopping day in here,don’t get any harass from the saleman or salewoman.Their job is illegel in here because they cheat the tourist.You don’t need to worry pay any money or tips for you,it’s for free.I willing to help.If you want to know more about shenzhen just email me,I will do my best to help you.
    My Add:No.4167 4/F,luohu commercial city Shenzhen My phone is 0086 13430618951
    E-mail:lovejewelrybag@hotmail.com
    Web:www. http://lovejewelry.com.cn/
    Warm regard kyle

  3. Matthew says:

    Dear Kyle

    I would just like to say THANK YOU very much for all the help and kindness your offered myself and my colleague on our trip to Shenzhen. This was our first trip to Shenzhen and Kyle went out of his way to help us. Firstly we arrange with Kyle to meet us at our Hotel, we then caught a taxi to Luo Hu Commercial City. We done quite a bit of shopping at kyles shop , the negotiation was also a fun part of the process 🙂 Kyle also helped us buy from other shops, this helped tremendously because trust me not having someone help you makes things much more difficult.

    Anyways after a long day of shopping and some free TsingTao beer 🙂 we arranged with Kyle to go to an electronic mall the next day, once again Kyle met us at our hotel arranged taxis and showed us where all the best shops are, even knowing we would not be purchasing from his store. He even went as far as not accepting any single amount of money from us, and would not allow us to pay for the various taxis we used.

    I would recommend Kyle to anybody interested in shopping in Shenzhen , he will definitely make your experience alot more enjoyable and something to remember. Another big plus is that Kyle can also arrange your goods to be shipped to you by DHL etc, because we were already so overweight on our luggage this was our only option. We received our parcel yesterday and everything is 100%

    Kyle I wish you all the best in business and I hope to see you soon. Keep well my friend

  4. sidharth sethi says:

    dear kyle, i have written you an email ,, and hope we get in touch,, we are actually in total 13 people coming to hong kong ,, so ,,, a hell lot of shopping ,, and we rely only on you….

    thanks

  5. susan says:

    hi kyle….could u inform me whr is the place to buy some branded acessories copy in lou hu…i will be there on next month
    here is my email susan_imelda@yahoo.com.sg
    thanks before

  6. David Mitchell says:

    Hi to everybody reading this. If you have arrived at this page it’s safe to say your planning a trip to Luo Hu ! I’d like to take the time to introduce to you a very good friend of mine, Kyle. My name is Dave and I’m from Australia. Ive known Kyle for many years now and each time I visit China the first person I visit is Kyle! Not only is Kyle a great businessman he is also a great person, very loyal, friendly and will do anything to help you out, he also speaks perfect English!
    I met him a few years ago as my wife and I were wandering around Luo Hu commercial shopping city. There were so many vendors to choose from that quite frankly it was overwhelming. Kyle approached me and asked what I was searxching for. Within minutes he took us to his store and many others. I can personally guarantee that all Kyle’s products quality are second to none.
    I now do business in China and Kyle is the man I get to help me with any business affairs I need , he has done more for me, without asking for payment or reward, and that is a rare commodity anywhere in the world !
    If your looking for someone you can trust, in a city your not sure of, please email Kyle and have a chat with him..you won’t be disappointed.
    Here are Kyles details….
    Shop No.4167, 4th/F,luohu commercial city Shenzhen
    E-mail:lovejewelrybag@hotmail.com
    Web:www. http://lovejewelry.com.cn/
    And Kyle, if your reading this…I’ll be seeing u in a few weeks my friend…dinner is on me !

    Warmest regards
    David Mitchell

  7. kyle says:

    Hi Everybody
    This is kyle,welcome to shenzhen and welcome to my new shop have a look.I change a bigger and nice new shop now,also in the 4 floor numble is 4283.Welcome to my new shop have a look. I selling supper AAA quality handbag, watch, belt ,wallet, sunglass, suitcase ,briefcase, travel bag ….all orignal copy,any brand I have such as GUCCI LV CHANEL HERMES BALENCIAGA MIUMIU CHLOE PARDE FENDI DIOR MARC JACOBS CARTIER LONGINESBLANC GHEUER MONT BVLGARI TUDOR TAG IWC OMEGA ROLEX BELGARI………
    If anybody want to know more about shenzhen such as What’s the weather in here,Which hotel is near in luohu.Which hotel is best in here,How far to somewhere,Where do you go for sightseeing.Which shop selling good quality and good price in here,which restaurant is best in here….
    I willing to answer your question,just email me,I willing to help.Welcome everybody come to my shop have a look,you will satisfied the quality and the price.
    Shop No.4283, 4th/F,luohu commercial city Shenzhen
    E-mail:lovejewelrybag@hotmail.com
    Web:www. http://lovejewelry.com.cn/
    My phone : 0086 13430618951
    I looking forward your coming
    Warm regards
    kyle

  8. Neeraj Goel says:

    Hi to everybody reading this. If you have arrived at this page it’s safe to say your planning a trip to Luo Hu ! I’d like to take the time to introduce to you a very good friend of mine, Kyle. My name is Neeraj Goel and I’m from India. Ive known Kyle for many years now and each time I visit China the first person I visit is Kyle! Not only is Kyle a great businessman he is also a great person, very loyal, friendly and will do anything to help you out, he also speaks perfect English! I met him a few years ago as my wife and I were wandering around Luo Hu commercial shopping city. There were so many vendors to choose from that quite frankly it was overwhelming. Kyle approached me and asked what I was searching for. Within minutes he took us to his store and many others. I can personally guarantee that all Kyle’s products quality are second to none. I now do business in China and Kyle is the man I get to help me with any business affairs I need , he has done more for me, without asking for payment or reward, and that is a rare commodity anywhere in the world ! If your looking for someone you can trust, in a city your not sure of, please email Kyle and have a chat with him..you won’t be disappointed. Here are Kyles details…. Shop No.4167, 4th/F,luohu commercial city Shenzhen E-mail:lovejewelrybag@hotmail.com Web:www. http://lovejewelry.com.cn/ And Kyle, if your reading this…I’ll be seeing u in a few weeks my friend…dinner is on me ! Warmest regards Neeraj Goel.

  9. Sam says:

    Dear kyle
    I just came back from Shenzen. I went to Kyle’s shop yesterday.i bought ipad2 from luohu can not working,kyle help me to get my money back.Thank you very much kyle.If anybody interesting bag watch betl……..
    I hightly recommend you going to kyle’s shop have a look,in the 4 floor numble is 4283
    Don’t buy any electronic goods in here,can not working.
    Sam

  10. Peter says:

    To those interested in having freshwater pearls made in necklaces. braclets, earrings…etc. Go see Sasa at booth #2180. I have just come from there, and she is #1 top quality at great value! Believe me…I rarely write recommendations for shops at Luohu Commercial Center, but Sasa is to good to be true! Her email is: yutengpearl@163.com in case you want to nake contact with her. Pearls make great Christmas gifts!
    Peter

  11. Judy says:

    Hello Kyle,

    My name is Judy, and I am writing to say thank you for helping me to
    find things I wanted to buy when I was visiting Shenzhen recently. You
    found your friends’ shops for bed sheets, t-shirt, radio and a
    painting, and I am very happy with all of those purchases now that I
    have returned home to Australia. So, thank you very much Kyle.

    I cannot find the business card for the painting seller where I bought
    the Chinese modern painting on canvas, so I wondered whether you would
    mind asking him if he could get a special picture for me and send it
    to me in Australia please? The link to the picture I want is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cranes_Hokusai.jpg
    I would like to have this picture on canvas, and in a very large size
    (about 1500 mm wide and 1000 mm high) please. If this is too
    difficult, please do not worry, but I just thought it might be possible.

    You or your friend could email me any time.
    Thanks again Kyle for all your help.
    Best wishes,

    Judy.

  12. chloe says:

    I have just returned from my 4th shopping trip to Shenzhen. Take the KCR train to Lo Wu border.
    This trip we finally had time to visit a kyle’s store we saw on a trip last year. We’ll never buy another bag from anyone else after visiting kyle’s shop 4283, on the 4 floor. He only has leather bags and the quality is faultless. We had planned to only buy one bag but came home with seven plus two wallets. Our girls will love their birthday presents.
    I highly recommend kyle if anybody interesting leather bag.
    chloe

  13. Karen says:

    I did a day trip to Shenzhen and hooked up with Kyle. I can say that Kyle made our experience really good.”

    I was hoping for something more juicy than copy bags and watches

  14. Helen Ross says:

    Hi Kyle,
    I have recently been to Lou hu and would like to hear from you. Could you please contact me.
    Thanks,
    Helen

  15. rose says:

    After reading many positive feedbacks about Kyle and his shop I went to Lowu a few days ago and found out the he was well worth the good feedback.
    It’s the ONLY place at Lowu center that the sales staff are not pushy in any way, they are very patient, give a good service with a smile, speak a good English and offer good prices.
    I’m very satisfied with the products and their quality, more than that, Kyle told me that if I ever have a problem with the watch, I can come back to him.
    Next time, I go straight to his shop!
    If you want to know more about him, checking out his website:shoppingwithkyle.com
    Shop No.4283, 4th/F,luohu commercial city Shenzhen
    E-mail:lovejewelrybag@hotmail.com
    Web:www. http://shoppingwithkyle.com
    My phone : 0086 13430618951

  16. nick says:

    I returned to this weird and amazing place of rip offs, to take my wife and 3 adult children (to allow them to experience it).
    I visited this shopping centre a couple of years ago and was reluctant to expose my daughters to the gross haggling that is required.
    The place is full of aggressive and annoying salespeople trying everything to make you purchase their goods.
    There are (I think) about 1,200 little shops within this 5 story mini-Westfield. They all sell the same, same products (all rip off items).

    Here is how it works: The shops sell their own products, BUT have access to all the brand name rip offs. They will show you catalogue after catalogue of different products (such as ladies bags, wallets, shoes, etc) and then, if interested they will immediately source the product from the warehouses. The warehouses are located within the centre or across the road. But these warehouses are hidden from the authorities (somehow) and they, via runners (or delivery boys) immediately bring the product (which are always fakes) to the shop.

    All the shops pay the same price to the warehouses … so obviously it is the job of the individual shops to re-sell it to you the customer, at the highest price. They will start at the most ridiculous price, in the hope that you the buyer has no clue to what the “fair” price is.

    So, the ONE REASON why we had a great day is that we spent the day with one of the shop owners. His name is LU and his shop number is 3313. LU does the same as all the other shop owners. ie. he sells standard Chinese products in his shop and he also has the many catalogues to browse through. And when you decide on a (fake) product, then he calls for it to be delivered to his shop. If you like it you buy it, if not he sends it back to the warehouse. Simple.
    But you don’t need to barter with him (what a relief) as he simply adds a small margin to the prices that he pays to the warehouse. You need to trust him (I know that it can be tough to trust a stranger) but I did and I am pretty sure that I got some good prices.
    LU doesn’t sell all types of goods, so he will take you to the store (I guess they are his buddies too) but he tells you the warehouse prices before you enter the stores (to obviously help you with your bargaining).

    LU has his own website. http://www.shoppinginlowu.com I suggest you contact him and he will collect you at the border and take you to his shop. His mobile: (0086) 15989366504.
    Lu website is : http://www.shoppinginlowu.com .
    E-mail: luriming2005@163.com
    -MSN: dragonlu_sz@live.cn
    -Skype ID: dragonstore1
    Mobile Phone: 0086 15989366504

    Here is a list of prices, that I paid for goods in Jan ’13 (in Chinese RMB and Australian $):
    Baseball Hat: 30 RMB: A$4.50.
    Mens (genuine leather, but fake): 180 R: A$27.
    Mens Polo Shirt: R50: A$7.70.
    Converse or Vans shoes: R80 to 100: A$12 to $15.
    Nike Air Force One Mens shoes: R180: A$27.
    Surf T-shirts: R35: A$5.50.
    Long Champ bags: R50: A$7.70.
    Mens short sleeve business shirts: R60: A$9.
    Brooks sandshoes: R250: A$38.
    Jeans: R140: A$22.
    Prescription (Elvis glasses): R275: A$42 (a must for the Elvis Festival in Parkes, NSW).

    One other thing. The fake, rip-off goods have different levels of rip-off quality. Some real top end fakes, some pretty good fakes and then some crappy fakes.
    The hard task is to pick the differences the fakeness (is that a word?) so this is where LU earns his keep!
    Give him a go and you won’t be disappointed. I will NEVER go there again without my wingman and I would recommend LU (big time) to my friends.

    [ We spent 8 hours there, bought so much fake stuff and had a terrific yum cha meal … which was located on the same level as LU’s shop. Ask him about the place. The 5 of us made pigs of ourselves, including a full duck and many, many other dishes. It cost <AUD$25 (no grog). Was good quality food and it was the only thing that I bought on the day that wasn't fake.
    And 8 hours for a bloke doesn't happen too often 🙂 ]

  17. jacky says:

    One week’s ago,We just came back from shenzhen,we visited LU shop,the shop is very agressisve and the price is so hight,after 2 hours of disussing price.At the end,we didn’t buy anything from them,we found cheaper price from other shop,Very disappointed it.
    My advice to all the shopper,don’t trust them,going looking for yourself,there is a lot of good shop in there.

  18. John says:

    3 days ago I and my friend went to Luohu commercial city in Shenzhen ,a friend asked me to meet the boy English name is called Boat,his family got 7 shops at the mall,the big boss is his uncle.he is the big manager,can decide everything such as the goods the price.the goods all from his uncle’s factories directly ,most of the shops in Luohu get the goods from him.so do not trust any other people there in Luohu ,all of them just want to make very high profit from you.please contact the boy name Boat,he will show to his uncle family shops and wearhouse then you can get the top number one AAAAAquality but pay the lowest price as the other shops get goods from his uncle’s wearhouse.his contact is as below:
    Boat
    Email:wuchuan5418@163.com
    phone:008613537892936
    If you have any questions just email him or sms him,you will be very happy once you contact him before you go Luohu commercial city shopping for any top AAAAA quality copy handbags ,watches………

  19. Kenny says:

    I went to Luohu last month ,I heard that Chinese mainland policemen are trying to arrest the guy Kyle who show the photos on internet for selling fake brands handbag watch …
    The people who contact him with be in trouble or will be in jail,there were 4 of them already in jail at Shenzhen Futian detention house.
    Contact shopping with kyle is very very very very dangerous,take care everybody once you go shopping there.

    Kenny

  20. Tom says:

    Hi Boat
    Thank you so much for your very kind helping when I was In Luohu commercial city Shenzhen yestoday,I am so lucky that saw the guy John ‘s reply on this site,I feel that is worth to keep in touch with you once someone going Lowu for some best copy brands bags and watch even some clothes .sunglasses,
    I will make sure to visit you again once I am coming again for canton fair in April.take care Boat!hope to see you soon!

    Tom

  21. Nosipo says:

    Hi K
    My name is Patricia from South Africa. I would like to know if you can help me to get pumpers flat shoes . I need to buy plenty of them .Where can I get

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  23. Very good post. I will be facing some of these issues as well..

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