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The Guangzhou Store Culture

Guangzhou Stores

In the modern Guangzhou City, chain stores and supermarkets are everywhere. Such as Seven-eleven, Circle K, C-store, and etc. But when we look back to our old Canton, deep into the alley of Sai Kwan, those “Sido” we can still see today, were indeed the paradise for everybody’s childhood and teenagehood.

“Sido” is actually the transliteration of “store” in Cantonese(we will write “sido” as “store” in the rest of the article). In the 1980s, small stores were very commonly seen in HongKong, and because of their British influence, they would call these stores in English instead of Cantonese. Gradually, its name and popularity had been spread to Guangzhou, but Canton people directly transliterated the word “store” into a Cantonese pronunciation, “Sido”. After 40 years, stores had became one of the most important part of Guangzhou’s custom culture as well as local people’s life.


Guangzhou Stores

From the outside, these stores look like mini-supermarkets where people can find almost everything on the shelf, like daily necessaries, snacks, drinks, ice-cream, rice, soy sauce, etc. All the goods are displayed on the shelf orderly, and the store space is being very well-used that is various but not messy.

Guangzhou Stores

They lies in the the heart of old Guangzhou, on the alleys and streets with neighbourhood people passing by everyday. They’re usually quite small that not more than 15m², and all with similar furnish and decorate. The front door is always the most eye catching spot where the store owners showcase cigarette on the sidewall. Behind the newspaper-size glass frame, different brands of cigarette with variety colours of packaging creates a typical “store look”. Most importantly, there’re always small stools in front of the stores that were never empty. Children, teenagers, or senior citizens like to seat on the stools and chat with friends with a bottle of drink. And that is why these stores are so deep into Guangzhou people’s heart as there are really beautiful memories within them.

Guangzhou Stores