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Shopping in Beijing

Beijing Shopping:
Shopping in Beijing is becoming more convenient by the day. Every year new shopping centers and plazas are sprouting up all over the capital. Just a few years ago there was only a few department stores and small bazaars, but now there are many superstores, mega-malls and markets where you can buy just about anything you need. Recently, the first IKEA just opened in the north of the city. There is a huge PrICE Smart which is a discount wholesale foodstuffs market for cardholders only. The Silk Market at Xiushui Jie and the free market at Sanlitun are also favorites among tourists, experts and locals alike.
A visitor will also find many large and middle sized shopping complexes scattered about the city. Each of these modern shopping centers radiate with colorful vigor. Wangfujing Dajie, Qianmen, Xidan and Dongsi are the four largest business zones of Beijing. Large-scaled shopping malls with luxury goods of super brands are everywhere to be found in the city center.
There are various places to go for shopping, depending on what buyers expect and the prices they are prepared to pay.

Shopping AreasWangfujing Street, The Silk Market Xiushui Street, Qianmen Dajie, Sanlitun Street, Xidan Commercial Street, Hongqiao Pearl Market
Antique MarketsBeijing Curio City, Liulichang Cultural Street, Panjiayuan Folk Culture Market


Wangfujing Street
WangfujingWangfujing is a 700-year-old commercial street. It has maintained its position as the number one choice for shoppers since the mid-1980s. The Wangfujing Department Store has long been acknowledged as the largest, most fashionable, and best known shopping center in Beijing.
The Old-Beijing-Street which is located on Wangfujing Dajie (-1/F, Xin Dong An Plaza) is an underground street built in Ming and Qing styles. The outstanding characteristic of it is the centralized well-known longstanding stores selling shoes, caps, silk cloth, scissors, Chinese brushes and ink-stick, jade, teas, desserts, pickled vegetables and roast duck. Beijing Craftwork and Art Mansion specially operates various industrial arts and artworks, and is famed all over Beijing, and is an old shop in Wangfujing Street.
Except for that, there are also many stores highly praised by tourists on Wangfujing Dajie with their unique features. Shengxifu Hat Shop which opened in 1911 is a special one which sells hats only for nearly 100 years. You can find different hats ranging from the old style one to the modern fashion one there. And Yong Zheng Tailors Shop is the most famous tailors shop with excellent techniques of sewing men formal dress in Beijing. Customers can enjoy the superior service here and it is said that the shop has even offered special services for state leaders and stars. Xin Dong An Plaza and Beijing Department Building are large-size general merchandise retail shops in China. These modern shopping malls show the fashion and vivid vigor of the ancient city, and nearly all the up-to-date goods of world big brands can be found here. Additionally, there are many old stores selling the tasty local dishes in Wangfujing Street and they will make your mouth watery, such as Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Donglaishun.


The Silk Market Xiushui Street
The Xiu Shui market reopened for business in its shiny new 5 storey shopping mall on March 19th 2005 Silk Market(or thereabouts) replacing the infamous original outdoor Xiu Shui market. In doing so, it has become the inner city's one stop tourist shopping paradise. It's name is now written in English across the entrance as simply "Silk Street".
Apart from the almost real-looking designer wear which was present at the old market, you can now enjoy shopping for a wealth of traditional Chinese knick knacks to bring home for your family. If you don't have too much time for shopping in Beijing, this could be the only place you need to visit.
In this new market, the store assistants are much better trained in both customer service and language skills, most sporting a bright red jacket with the Xiu Shui logo on it and an official looking ID badge. Their English often goes way beyond the old days of "cheaper ...", "your price ...". But the numbers are still often typed out on a calculator to be clear and to avoid other customers hearing how much you paid.
Bargaining is still essential here so be sure to check out our Guide to Bargaining in Beijing before you venture out here in order to get the best prices. Fake goods might still also be found here despite the government making efforts to stamp it out across the city.
Items which you can find in this market include: Shoes, Jeans, Trousers, Jackets, Shirts, Chinese Souvenirs, Chinese Rugs/Carpets, Golf Equipment, Pearls, Watches, Sunglasses, Silk by the roll, Chinese Paintings, Small Electronics and many other things. It also has a small supermarket in the basement. Prices are generally very reasonable here compared to your home country and if you are a skilled bargainer, you might be able to get things ridiculously cheap.
The Xiu Shui street mall is located along Chang An avenue near the Yong An Li (120) line 1 subway station. You can now walk directly from the subway into the mall via an underground passageway without stepping outside into the scorching heat of summer or the terrible cold of winter. Alternatively you can take a taxi using the Chinese name shown below. Print and hand to your taxi driver.


Qianmen Dajie
Qianmen Dajie is one of the oldest and most famous commercial streets with a 500 year old history. As an ancient street in Beijing, it is an assembly place of time honored shops, including Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Du Yi Chu Shao Mai. Now, this street is under reconstruction. It is predicted that the whole project will be finished at the end of this year. But don't be disappointed: most of the time honored shops will be back in this street by then. Visitors will also be surprised to find that the street will be re-built as it was in the 1920s, when it was extremely prosperous. Furthermore, trolley cars will re-appear in the street, after being absent for 40 years. Visitors can get on the car and view the street for free.



Sanlitun Street
Sanlitun (Chinese:三里屯) is one of the best known and most popular bar streets in Beijing. Sanlitun, which is also used to refer to the general area, is located in Eastern Beijing in the Chaoyang District and forms part of the Gongti nightlife area . it remains fashionable with the expat community, foreign travelers and younger locals.
The area is currently being developed as part of the preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Until 2005, bars ran from the northern street through a very busy crossing with Gongti North Road (Gongti Bei Lu) to a southern street, which had fewer bars and was more relaxed.Xidan Street
The Yaxiu clothing market, a popular shopping destination for locals and foreigners alike, is situated alongside this street.


Xidan Commercial Street
Xidan Market is the shopping paradise for the locals ( local people in Beijing ). There is a department store with Starbuck and McDonalds. The shopping centre is crowded. Further north is the Xidan Market and bargain here is required. The store assistants speaks little or no english. The penman advises that you can come to the first floor food special sale to buy some Beijing special products and bring them back. The price of garment department of the second floor seems moderate, various age tourists can buy satisfied goods here and it is shopping sites identified by civilians. Xidan Huawei Store situated on the fifth floor is very busy. In small commodity markets with gigantic area, there manages decorating articles,cap,case,toy,craft-work,watch and fashion articles you havent seen before.Here belongs to handsome boys and pretty girls and is the heaven of youth.Adjoining South Korea City once is splendiferous maidan by which your fashion taste is tested.The immersion of Nowadays South Korea flow is accepted to some extent,so its goods also enter into a model.If you have a thin and tall good figure and want to show,South Korea Dress Exhibition is a beautiful choose.
Xidan has many shops that sell cheap men and women's casual clothing. Of course, you can find quality clothes there. This is more non-touristy shopping compared to Wangfujing and as a result, prices can be lower.
Add: 1km north of Entrance A - Xidan Subway Station of Line No.01.
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Hongqiao Pearl Market
As a distributing center of antiques, cultural relics and old books and pictures in Beijing, Hongqiao Market is also named Pearl Market. Hongqiao MarketHong Qiao Market is famous for its advantage of low price. Compared with Liulichang, the price and grade is low, but it possesses appetency, which suit for those tourists who fond of novel plaything and do not want to spend a lot of money. If you are expert with penetrating eyesight, you can shop some valuable cowry. Except antique and calligraphy and painting, there are still lots of general merchandise, toys and other small commodities here. On ground floor you can find some electronics, basic photo equipment, copy watches and other small stuff. On second floor they have shoes, women's and men's clothes, bags and some sporting goods. At the top of the store they keep pearls, other jewelry and souvenirs (lamps, stamps, coins, kites, silk craft and many more).
Add: North or East Gate of the Temple of Heaven.




Antique Markets

Beijing Curio City
Asia's biggest curio trade center, China's first curio market Beijing Curio City is supervised by Beijing Cultural Relics Bureau thereby guaranteeing the genuineness of the product.
The market specializes in antique pottery, original paintings, jadeware, bone carvings, antique furniture, antique carpets, pearls, antique pieces etc. It is a four-story complex that houses number of kitsch and curio shops giving you the myriad shopping options to choose from.
Curio exhibitions, seminars and various other events relating to the curio are periodically held for curio lovers in the Beijing Curio City. Every year in the month of January, May and October, folk culture festival, auction week and Beijing Chinese Curio Fair are held.
Beijing Curio city is easily accessible and is just off the East Third Ring Road and about 15 minutes taxi ride south of Guomao subway station. The Curio City is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Add: No 21 Dongsanhuan Nanlu | Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

liulichangLiulichang Cultural Street
Old and new, real and fake, moral and immoral, it was all to be found on Liulichang Street, it is really a visitor's treat.Liulichang is a famous cultural street in Beijing established in the Yuan Dynasty. Its main commodities are antiques, calligraphic works and paintings. It used to be a colored glaze kiln and factory and thus named Liulichang (colored glaze factory). In the Ming and Qing dynasties, a lot of candidates to the imperial examinations would visit here, whereas so many book and stationery shops created a strong cultural atmosphere. It became a book and antique market. In the period of the Republic of China, a large number of cultural celebrities got gather to seeking books and treasures. It turned to be a habit of many people. Many celebrities wrote inscriptions for book shops and cultural relic shops, such as He Shaoji, Lu Runku, Kang Youwei, Hua Shikui, Weng Tong, Liang Qichao and Shen Yimo, increasing much more fame for Liulichang.
Location: Outside Hepingmen of Beijing from Yanshousi Street in the east to Nanbeiliu Lane in the west with Nanxinhua Street in the middle. The total length is 750 meter.
Add: Hepingmen, Xuanwu District, Beijing


PanjiayuanPanjiayuan Folk Culture Market
Panjiayuan Market
For many tourists to Beijing, the Panjiayuan Market is a must see free market. It is open on the weekens. So you manage to go there on a Saturday or Sunday if you are planning a travel plan for Beijing. Panjiayuan is simply the best and biggest bazaar in Beijing. It has something for everybody from antiques to furniture and art as well as books and baubles. Even if you don't have any money left to buy something, Panjiayuan is still a funny place to walk around and see interesting things. Photographers will find amusing subjects as well, especially the ethnic minorities selling their wares while dressed in their local costumes.
Add: No. 200 West of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring Road (between Panjiayuan Bridge and Huawei Bridge), in the Chaoyang district.


 
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