Spend the afternoon walking around downtown Lanzhou and you'll quickly see that the city is not at all lacking in up-scale shopping options. Not only will you find many of the popular national chains like Wangfujing or New World Department Store around Lanzhou; you'll find some local high-end favorites as well, such as Ya'ou Shopping Plaza and Guofang Department Store.

Livin’ Large: Upscale Shopping in Lanzhou
Ya'ou Shopping Plaza. Photo: cnxz.cn

1) Wangfujing Department StoreView In Map
Wangfujing Department store (王府井百货), located in the Rapid Shopping Mall (瑞德摩尔广场) is an all-in-one upscale shopping center and supermarket.  On the first floor, one can find women's makeup, gold jewellery, eyeglasses, and the customer service counter. On the second floor, one can find women's clothing, underwear and other items. The third floor sells clothing for older women and features quite a few shops that specialize in cashmere wool.  On the fourth floor, one can find men's formal suits, casual wear, brief cases, and more. The fifth floor features outdoors and children's items, while the basement floor sells household electronics and office supplies. A section of discounted clothing is usually set up at the department store's entrances. And for when you need to rest your feet after all of that shopping, the mall features a Star Cineplex as well.

Add: 1999 Donggang Dong Lu, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
地址:兰州市城关区东岗东路1999号
Tel: 093 1860 5888
Opening Hours: Supermarket: 09:30-21:30, Department Store: 10:30-21:30
Getting there: Take bus No. 17, 44, 58, 81, 82, 114, 124, 128, 305 to Wulipu Station (五里铺站)
Website: http://www.wfj.com.cn/lanzhou/

2) Ya'ou Shopping PlazaView In Map
Ya'ou Shopping Plaza (亚欧商厦) is known as Gansu Province's "original" up-scale shopping destination. The mall is very easy to get to, as it's located between Xiguan (西关), Zhangye Lu (张掖路), and Nanguang Business Centre (南关商业中心). Ya'ou is a great place to go for department store shopping, groceries, as well as high-end make-up, gold jewellery, men's and women's clothing and apparel, leather cases, office supplies, home electronics and other products. Better yet, the mall has a reputation for employing friendly, helpful and patient staff, which is something of a rarity in China. 

Add: 120 Zhongshan Lu, Chengguan District, Lanzhou
地址:兰州市城关区中山路120号
Tel: 093 1848 8999
Opening hours: 09:00-21:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 4, 6, 9, 33, 44, 50, 56, 77, 103, 105, 116, 118, 123, 138, 140, 141, 142, 143 to Xiguanshenzi bus stop (西关什字站)

3) Guofang Department Store View In Map
For the past decade, Guofang Department Store (国芳百货) has offered high-end international brands to the eager Lanzhou public. The clothing shops regularly feature great sales, and items are normally available in all sizes.  Granted, the prices are a bit steep, but you get what you pay for, and the service and the orderliness of the lines will certainly impress. The seventh floor of the department store carries a nice variety of up-scale household electronics. And for those looking to kill two "shopping" birds with one stone, Guofang Department Store also has a supermarket.

Add: 4-6 Guangchang Nan Lu (East of Oriental Red Square), Chengguan District, Lanzhou
地址:兰州市城关区广场南路4-6号(东方红广场东侧)
Tel: 093 1889 0190
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 09:30-21:30, Thu-Sat: 09:30-22:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 1, 58, 75, 81, 101, 109, 115, 116, 117, 127, 130, 131, 138, 141, 302 to Lanzhou Huaxia Hospital at Oriental Red Square's east entrance (兰州华夏医院站)
Website: www.gfshopping.com

4) New World Department StoreView In Map
The New World Department Store (新世界百货) branch in Lanzhou can be found on the Zhangye Lu walking street (in the Xiguangshenzi Business District), next to the Provincial Government Building and Jiuquan Lu (酒泉路). Inside, the basement level contains a comprehensive supermarket, while the first floor features shoes, makeup, as well as a Watson's. The second and third floors both sell women's clothing, makeup and other accessories (there is also a decently priced restaurant on the second floor). The fourth floor sells various menswear items.  If you are a fan of bargain shopping, then head straight up to the fifth floor where you'll find lots of great deals. And if you are frequent shopper, be sure to sign up for a New World Department Store rewards card, which can be used here and at other branches around China.

Add: 89 Zhangye Lu, Guancheng District, Lanzhou
地址:兰州市城关区张掖路89号
Tel: 093 1818 6800; 093 1818 6857
Opening hours: 09:30-22:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 4, 6, 9, 59, 137 to New World Department Store bus stop on Tongwei Lu (新世界百货站--通渭路) 

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