Yue Hua Chinese products mall is an Oriental home, food & lifestyle mall specialising in uniquely east-asian offering. It is a mall I had always visited over the years but hadn’t had a opportunity to cover it as part of my interest in “quirky malls”. Let’s take a look at the mall and its offerings with a walk-through.
Notably, Yue hua had been around for a considerable amount of time, since the 90s. Also, the brand was established in Hong kong almost 50 years ago. Today, it is the only one-stop Chinese department store chain in Singapore. The building the mall is situated in is similarly named after the establishment. It is located along Eu Tong Sen St right at the cross junction beside Chinatown MRT station. You might remember our visitation of another Chinese supermarket chain on our last Chinatown exploration.
Six floors of Chinese goods
Moreover, the mall follows a rather logical layout with a different point of interest at every floor. Also, the mall has 6 floors served by a central escalator well which runs across all mall floors.
Additionally, the mall is wheelchair accessible with elevators serving every floor. Notably, the mall’s first level is dedicated to retail of Chinese medical products. Items on sale includes herbs, supplements, pharmacy and a section dedicated to Novela beauty products. Interestingly, there is a recent recreation Nanyang Old Coffee shop. The coffee shop is however closed up due to the pandemic during my visit.
Yue Hua is quite tad like a one stop place for all things Chinese products. It is like those old oriental emporiums we see everywhere in Singapore during the 90s rebooted. Taking the criss-crossing escalators to Level 2 brings you to the clothing section with choices of Ladies’ and Mens’ clothing. Additionally, you can marvel at the variety of Chinese clothing you can find here. There is an offer of traditional as well as casual options.
Traditional Chinese clothes
Also, it is a place where you can find traditional Chinese clothes such as Chong Sums and Qi Paos. I doubt I am aware a single place in Singapore where you can find a curation of Tang suits, or Chinese Tunic suits. These are offered in a variety of materials to suit your budget.
However, on my look around most clothing items here are rather pricey. They can easily going into the $100 range per piece, but the materials do have a reasonable quality to back up for it. Either for that big traditional Chinese wedding of yours, items for cosplayers or simply just if you are looking for fashion ideas.
The store also notably give some discount offers from time to time. Also if budget is your concern, Chinatown Hong lim market have a couple of small ground floor family-run sundry shops selling Chong Sums for under $20 apiece. Tad a buy and throw away affair.
Moreover, Yue Hua offers a section dedicated to Chinese Wedding clothing. There is also a dedicated TCM section and Tea appreciation sector here too. Interestingly, it is themed to look like a traditional Chinese medical hall with rows of storage drawers typically used to store Chinese Herbs.
Also, a supermarket sits on the 4th Level. The market has a uniquely Asian offering with several produce not found in your typical heartland Fairprice supermarkets. Interestingly, this is the only floor where shopping trolleys are allowed. Items on sale are very affordable. I would recommend their selection of Ramen, chinese sauces and egg noodles on sale too.
Also, the 4th floor is also home to a section dedicated to Chinese snacks and sweets. They are available individually or as value packs.
In addition, if are a fan of Chinese handicrafts. you would find the wood cravings and paintings on level 3 something to appreciate. Here, it is one devoted to Chinese fine Arts. Here you can find cases of wood handicraft, porcelain and jewellery. A home & lifestyle section is situated at Level 5 as well as miscellaneous offices and customer service counters. Additionally, the top few floors are the less frequented floors, with the top most levels cramped full of Chinese redwood furniture.
Furthermore, the Chinese products mall had undergone a recent major renovation. It saw the mall revamped with new shelves, theming, a revamped lower floor and much brighter overall ambience. Notably, there is a tall atrium loft at every two of the top most floors. Also, there is one on the 2nd floor and the other on the 4th food floor. It offers a different perceptive. Which adds to some uniqueness on every floor.
All in all, Yue hua chinese product is a refreshing cool mall out of the ordinary. It is a stray away from the regular mainstream malls we had gone acustomised too. Tucked in the heartland of Chinatown offering a decent selection of imported Chinese clothing and foodstuff.
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