I dumped my bags and had concierge hail a cab to take me to the Lonely Planet recommended Luohu Commercial City. The shopping centre was 4 or 5 levels of complete and utter madness. I had already read up on how to handle the pushy shop assistants, and how to haggle to get the best price, but I was completely unprepared for the experience. I thought I should start slowly, with a bit of browsing and then once I was comfortable start purchasing. The first shop I entered was a show shop, and the assistant was so pushy, and insisted I try the shoes on, then she started the process of haggling, using a calculator she display the price, to which I would respond with my price. I decided I was not ready to purchase, but she was so pushy and would not let me leave the store. I eventually left with a new pair of shoes for about AU$30. In another shoe shop they displayed shoes with no brands on them, then when I wanted to get them, this little assistant clambered up up the shelves into the roof and brought out a Prada version of the shoes I was trying on, I was not that happy with the quality, so I settled for the version without the Prada label.
Walking around Luohu Commercial City is difficult. You are constantly harassed by pushy little people saying “hello, you, looking”, “DVD, USB, MP4” Or “You like cheap girly DVD, come with me” they even tug on your clothes.
I needed a break and found a cute tea shop, and the lady there gave me samples of Ulon, Ulong Ginseng and Jasmine tea. I really enjoyed it. She has a very superstitious ritual when making tea, and would pour the tea into the little pot, then rinse my tiny little cup with the tea, and then tip it out and pour it over a little budda statue, then she refilled the cup for me to drink. She even made me a little pot with a tea-flower, which opens like an urchin when the hot water is added.