For most shopaholics, the destination of choice is usually the same here in the great city of Tianjin. Binjiang Dao is known for many shops both department stores and boutiques of an endless supply of clothing and accessories along with plenty of restaurants. We took a girls trip to the shopping area on a hot sunny day, we didn't know what to expect but the shopping experience here is much different than in America. We first went into a popular department store here in China then into a few mini boutiques in the same complex. I purchased an article of clothing at one of the boutiques, but instead of purchasing in that exact area, I had to walk out of the store to the center of the complex and hand the cashier the receipt the associate wrote up for me. I was very new to this type of purchasing technique and wasn't too sure what I was doing, but thank god Lisa was with me to help me out every step of the way! As soon as we figured out my payment, the cashier had to make sure everything was correct and gave me a receipt that was part handwritten and part printed. Then I had to hand the original receipt to the actual boutique to receive my purchase. This was quite an experience and a bit overwhelming because it was a lot of walking back and forth. Lisa told me not all stores do these kinds of payments, only the little stores usually do. But otherwise the shopping experience was a great success!
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