The Shanghai composite index lost 16 points at 1,168, while the Shenzhen composite index closed down 63 points at 3,066.
Japan's share prices finished flat as softer-than-expected GDP data for the April-June quarter prompted some investors to lock-in gains after the benchmark Nikkei 225-stock index surged to a four-year high yesterday.
The Nikkei was down 2 points to 12,262.
Australian shares Australian shares climbed to a new closing high for the fifth straight day on Friday.
The broader all ordinaries index ended up 8 points at a record 4,432.