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For all things Chinese in Singapore, Chinatown is probably your best bet—from traditional herbs to textiles to decorative items and antiques. Try the Tanjong Pagar area for traditional teashops, clog and kite makers, painted masks, waxed paper umbrellas, lacquerware from China, handicrafts and artifacts from all over Asia. Then wander over to Smith Street, Trengganu Street, Temple Street and Pagoda Street where the streets are at their narrowest and you'll find some of the best bargains.

The bigger shopping complexes here, such as Chinatown Point, Yue Hwa, People's Park Complex and Chinatown Complex, are good sources for Chinese products and also offer bargains galore in their extensive ranges of more conventional products. Look here for everything from electrical and electronic goods, luggage and textiles to bargain-priced clothes and cosmetics. A wide selection of local crafts is available at the Singapore Handicraft Centre in Chinatown Point.