Lo Wu, here we come - PART 1 - Introduction & What to Take

Hello Missy - Part 1

Welcome to the land of Missies, where Missy is your new name, same same but different and AAA quality are your catch phrases of the day!

Lo Wu....Luohu Commercial City 
is a large shopping mall located on tight outside the entrance/exit to Luohu Immigration Control Point and the last stop on the MTR line from Hong Kong. 

So why the two names you ask?

Lo Wu is the Hong Kong name for Luohu. Luohu is Mainland Chinese name for the same place.  I will use Lo Wu throughout this series as I am coming from Hong Kong for the day.

'Same same but different.' and 'AAA quality missy'  are the catch phrase of your one day adventure

Lo Wu consists of 5 shopping floors with 1500 tiny shops crammed around a number of escalators.  Enjoy the hustle and bustle in the safety of this huge shopping mall.  

With over 1500 tiny shops to choose from, this is certainly the ultimate in fast fashion.

Each shop is identified by a number and are grouped together in a chaotic format.  Shops can be located on the floors by the first digit of the number.  So shop 5089 will be on the 5th floor.  But finding that shop once you are there is a bit of luck and lack of logic.  

Even the shop owners don't understand the layout!

Most shops don't open until around 10:30-11:00 with the warehouses opening around 11:30am.  The complex is relatively clean with squat toilets and a number of restaurants. However it is a very time consuming process getting to Luohu so it is recommended to arrive at around 9:00am due to long waits at the visa office. You can wait up to 2 hours if you arrive from 10am.  Just be warned!

All the information you will need to take this one day journey from Hong Kong.  Read about Getting to Lou Hu, Immigration and Visas, Recommended shops and prices, eating there and lots more in this 5 Part series.

What to Take

Sorry Daughter. Bad photo!  Lots of purchases = roller bag
OMG!!! Don't forget your PASSPORT and original white arrival slip into Hong Kong
  • Your old passport if you are taking a brand new passport
  • 168 yuan or credit/ visa debit card
  • Octopus card
  • Yuan Cash
  • Hong Kong Cash (you can use this money here as well
  • Your phone with China sim card.  Hong Kong sim won't work
  • Small roller suitcase to carry all your items.  There is a lot of walking!
  • Water (though you can buy there)
  • Small amount of toilet paper
  • Your list of shops
  • Any photos of what you want. It is so much easier and if your phone doesn't work it is hard to describe.  I also found that they seem to stock the very current and only very popular models of items.  Therefore if you find the handbag of your dreams on some shonky internet site and it happens to be from the 2008 winter collection, you will have a lot of trouble finding it unless it is a classic model.  So be prepared to be flexible.
  • Your prescription glasses or optometrist prescription written down for glasses

Read my next post Hong Kong MTR to Luohu - Part 2  for detailed instruction using the MTR from Hong Kong to Lo Wu.