My shopping habits have changed completely since I moved to China. I used to live in Brussels, Belgium and there were only 2-3 shopping malls to choose from. Nevertheless I enjoyed going there. Browsing around alone or with a girlfriend, having some lunch etc. In Beijing we have hundreds (if not thoussands) of big malls. Glossy, beautiful malls with mostly western shops and decent food options. Open until 10 pm. With the exception of Solana (close to my place) and Indigo mall (great restaurants) I almost never go to the mall! The brands I know from Europe are more expensive here and even the sales are not that convenient.
What's very convenient, on the other hand, is Taobao. The online shopping mecca where you can buy EVERYTHING! To set up an account you need a Chinese debit card, a bit of patience and google translate - for which you first need a VPN - but then the magical world of Taobao (with mostly next-day delivery) will open itself to you!
I thought I'd show you some of my purchases from Taobao. Including an item I need to send back.