As a hub of culture, politics, history and economy, Beijing is undoubtly a centre that focus tourists from all over the world. While except sightseeing, enjoying tasty Beijing food, shopping is another entertainment in your Beijing tour.
Wangfujing is the most well-known and prosperous business street with modern and fashion trends.Now it is considered as the sister street of Champs Elysees in France. Besides of its modern feature, the street also preserves the Chinese traditional style, such as the Oriental Plaza, Gongmei Building, Wangfujing Department Store, Muslim Building, Sun Dong An Plaza and so on. The street absorb 500,000 people everyday to feel its attractive charm.
Qianmen is just in the south of the Tiananmen Square. The Qianmen Street was a commercial center of Beijing more than 500 years ago. If you are interested in the Chinese traditional products, then it will be a good place to go. Qianmen area has been remedied as per the architecture style of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Now the old and famous shops just like the Quanjude, Pianyi Workshop, Douyichu, all of which are the representative of the Chinese traditional culture, are congested there. Indubitably, the atmosphere of the Chinese traditional culture will be felt.
The Silk Market
This is a seven story building which has everything included. Just as its name, the Silk Street is full of the beautiful silk products as well as the textiles, and handcrafts. Bargaining is an eternal theme in Xiushui Street. It is a favorite place for bargains and is frequented by the resident foreigners in Beijing. Whatever you wish to buy, be it bags, shoes, handicrafts or sweaters, you may haggle enthusiasticallywith the shopkeepers for the best price.
Add: 1km east of Friendship Store, Exit A from the Yonganli subway station of Subway Line 1.
Also called the 'weekend market' or 'dirt market'. This is China's largest and possibly its most entertaining flea market. It operates all week, but most people visit there Saturdays and Sundays. This market includes antiques (plenty of both genuine and fake varieties) and large sections selling modern porcelain, jade, carved stone and wood, paintings, furnitures and other decorative items. Well worth a visit, unless you are allergic to crowds. Remember to bargain hard! Many of the merchants can provide a shipping service for large items to main ports arond the world.
Open Time: 8:30 - 18:30 from Monday to Friday
4:30 - 18:30 Saturday and Sunday
Also called the Pearl Market. In the store, you'll need to bargain hard for brand-name clothing, footwear, luggage, watches, and pearls , which attract swarms of bottle-blonde Russian women. The toy market (wanju shichang), housed in a separate building at the back, is overlooked by visitors, so starting prices are more reasonable; there are candles, incense, and stationery. A post office is on the fourth floor. From Chongwen Men metro, take bus no. 807 to Hong Qiao, and cross the footbridge. Open daily from 8:30am to 7pm.
Located at the west side of Sanlitun Bar St. and near to the second embassy area, Yaxiu is another famous clothing bazaar. The items here are a little similar to the Silk Market, but the price is much cheaper. The little overlap between stalls are crowed by the foreign trade cloth, traditional handcrafts, and accessories. You also can also create your own body-skimming Qipao dress at the indoor market. The tailor and fabric vendors occupy the third floor. Choose from a rainbow of silks and flip through the stylebook to find your perfect Chinese-girl look. The time to tailor just need 24 hours and the cost is less than 200 yuan. At the end, do not forget to make the bargain.
Add: No.58, Worker's Stadium North Road, Chaoyang District
Liulichang Antique Street
Liulichang is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, ink stones and ink. The area is really a good place to these who love the Chinese culture.
Add: Liulichang Street, Xuanwu District;
Transportation: Subway: get down at Hepingmen Station; or Bus No.s 6, 14, 15, 25, 50, 53, 57, 102 and 105.
Baoguosi Temple Culture Market
Baoguosi, also called Baoguo Temple, was one of the Buddhist temple and first contructed in the Liao Dynasty in the southern part of downtown Beijing. Now Baoguosi has expanded to include an antique market, a souvenirs and gifts market, coin markets and a stamp collection market. Traders there also sell miscellaneous items as jade, coins, Buddha statues, old books, calligraphy works, paintings and many more!
Add: No.1, Baoguo Temple, Guanganmennei, Xuanwu District
Xidan Commercial Street
Situated in Xidan North St., west of Tiananmen square, Xiandan, a up-market commercial area, covers a range of price levels by providing middle and high quality commodities. Many world famous name-brand products are available which reflects Beijing's growing cosmopolitan presence. They make Xidan a paradise for shoppers.
Location: Stretching from Gangwashi in the north to Xidan Crossing in the south
Transportation: Take Buses 22, 37, 47, 105, 109 and 826 or Subway Line 1, and get off at Xidan Stop
As the oldest Chinese apothecary, Tongrongtang is located at the south of Tiananmen. It is founded in 1669 and worked as the royal patronage in 1861. With the development of the more the 300 years, today it has expanded to have a large show-room outside Beijng. The shop is set-up by the Chinese traditional style at the frontage and interior. There are a lot of pictures of the famous ancient Chinese physicians and pharmacists.Now it has developed more than 3,000 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine, medical herbs and tables and liquid medicines. With the worldwide interest in the Chinese Traditional Medicine, it has established many branches in Beijing as well as in whole China, HongKong, London and Sydney and more.
Add: No.255, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
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