Fabric and accessories markets in Guangzhou (part I)

If you thought Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong was the bomb for shopping for fabric and accessories, wait till you head to this area in Guangzhou! With the Zhongda fabric market and other trading buildings, this is really one of the largest markets you could ever access!

A highly recommended visit for you if you happen to be in Guangzhou and love shopping for material to make stuff with, or if you are sourcing fabric and accessories for your business.

Zhong Da Fabric Market Guangzhou

I only had a few hours there before my flight (I probably only covered the tip of the iceberg), but here are some areas that you can check out.

p/s I’m going to be including some Mandarin words in case you need this for reference to show the hotel concierge or cab driver.

1. China Fabrics and Accessories Center (广州国际轻纺城 — Guangzhou guo ji qing fang cheng)

Guangzhou Zhongda Fabric Market

The closest subway station to this area is the Sun Yat-sen University stop (中大 — Zhongda), exit D. If you take a bus, you can get off at the Zhong Shan University bus stop (中山大学站 — Zhongshan da xue zhan) and you’ll see this huge red sign at this road called 纺城北路 — FangCheng Beilu. Follow the road in to the China Fabrics and Accessories Center!

Guangzhou Zhongda Fabric Market Directory

The signboard along the way builds up anticipation…

China Fabric and Accessories Zhongda Guangzhou

This is what the building looks like from the outside of the C district.

In the basement (-1 level), there are all kinds of zippers, metal pieces for jewelry or corners of bags and clutches, d-rings, collar pieces, crystals, digital fabric printing services, and the list goes on forever. The sheer number of stores there is overwhelming so definitely be mentally prepared!

China Fabric and Accessories Zhongda Guangzhou

On the ground floor, the textile madness begins. Here there are swatches/ headers that show the fabrics that the stores can make. Some of them can be bought if they have existing fabric in stock. Some have to be ordered (the order size depends on the store). Technically, these storefronts are showrooms for factories so if they do not have existing stock, they may offer to make it for you in a minimum order quantity. The price for small cuts of existing stock and mass production will be different as well.

If they do have existing stock to sell to you, keep in mind that many may not keep their existing stock in the store itself so they may need between an hour to one day to bring the fabric to the shopfront for you.

If you are ordering fabric for your factory to make samples with, you could have the material sent direct to the factory or have them pick it up from here.

China Fabric and Accessories Zhongda Guangzhou

Does this not make you want to buy a ton of jersey knit fabric?

While going gaga over the fabrics available, be very careful to watch where you’re going. There are a lot of bicycles and vans moving along swiftly and you definitely don’t want to get in their way!

China Fabric and Accessories Zhongda Guangzhou

The second floor and up are a lot quieter than the basement and ground floor. In general, the fabric in this building pertain to apparel making – you’ll find pure cotton, blends, fur, wool, waterproof polyester for raincoats and winter jackets, etc.

And if you are hungry, there’s a McDonalds on the fourth floor and a Circle K convenience store on the sixth floor. Most of the stores were open on a Sunday when I visited.

Can you believe this is just a small part of entire district of textiles available? Continue on to part II of the fabric and accessories markets in Guangzhou for more…

 

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Comments

    • says

      Hi Maria, to be honest when I asked the locals around about the market, no one seemed to say a definite opening time. I went around noon and stayed till around 5pm and everything was open then. As a safe bet, I’d suggest you do the same! Hope you have a great time there!

  1. Vittoria says

    Hi, I’m going to travel to china at the end of the year to buy materials and tools for my new business. I’ve heard that the possibility of fraudulent is high, is it true?
    How can I choose a reliable seller to deal with. ?
    I hope you have the answers for my concerns.

    • says

      Hi Vittoria! I’ve never really been cheated per se, but it’s usually been more a case of quality control and not getting what you originally intended (there are usually a lot of misunderstandings).

      There are a few things you could do to minimize risks, such as finding out who their other clients are, agreeing on samples and what is acceptable and not acceptable, and by arranging for testing or inspection before you pay your balance for the shipment. All the best!

  2. Ines Dias says

    Thank you so much! I am a crafter who lives in Macau. I am planning a trip to Guangzhou just to buy fabric. Since I don’t speak cantonese nor mandarin this article was very useful!

  3. Patricia Faleye says

    Hi, I really love your post, it has directed me on the right path, but very inportantly I would like you to link me to a manufacturer cos I have a particular design I would like to made for me
    Thanks
    Patricia.

  4. says

    Thank you for your post.
    Do you know if there is a floor plan for Zhongda?
    And if you know, can you please advice me where to find the plan?
    Thank you very much, and with kind regards
    Lasse Staalung

    • says

      Hi Lasse, unfortunately I don’t think I’ve come across a detailed floor plan for Zhongda as things seem quite haphazard there with many small shops. You would probably have to walk around the areas to find what you need. Sorry!

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