Sunday, April 01, 2007

Shopping in Beijing's Markets & Shopping Centers

Shopping in Beijing's Markets & Shopping Centers

Beijing must be one of the world's greatest shopping adventures! If you enjoy a treasure hunt for things such as authentic or copy labels in clothing, shoes, electronics, sunglasses, carpets, furniture, tea sets and furniture from a range of Chinese dynasties, Beijing offers all of this, and more, in modern shopping malls or local markets.

Pearl Market

Shopping Experience in Beijing

A shopping experience in Beijing can range from rewarding, exciting, crazy and fun to loud, frustrating, tiring, and crowded, depending on your attitude. Expect to find more friends than you ever thought you knew, if you shop in the markets like the Silk Market ( Xiushui), Sanlitun Yashow clothing market, 3.3 Clothing market, Panjiayuan market (the famous Dirt Market) or Hong Qiao Pearl Market! Each of these markets offers an enormous range of goods for sale. You will feel a huge sense of accomplishment as you take zeros off the prices offered to you while bargaining and buying multiple items for the price of one back home.

If you can't find the clothes to suit your needs then simply buy the fabric in one of the markets and have them made to order with a perfect fit. There are many tailors waiting to help you in and around the markets.

Needing respite from bargaining, then try one of the many modern shopping malls for a sometimes quieter experience. Landao, Full Link Plaza, Pacific Century (Sanlitun - opposite Ya Show market on Gongti Beilu), Lufthansa, Cofco Plaza and Hualian (Wanjing area), Oriental Plaza or Sundongan Plaza (either end of downtown Wangfujing Mall) are some of the malls on offer.

Antiques, real or copy, and furniture can be found in Beijing Curio City (Dong Sanhuan Lu), Chaowai Furniture market (south third ring road, near Panjiayuan market), Gaobeidian (off Jingtong expressway), George's Antiques (Shunyi, toward the airport off Jingshan Lu) or Liangma Antique market.

Fish head soup
Hong Qiao Fish head soup? © Russell Uebergang

Shopping doesn't get much better than Beijing, so go out and have some dynamic fun!


Hong Qiao market
Hong Qiao Slippery Things! © Russell Uebergang

Hong Qiao squid
Squid © Russell Uebergang

Hong Qiao market
Hong Qiao fish market © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao watches
Hong Qiao clocks and watches © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao
Hong Qiao grains crushed or whole © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao hats and scarves © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao
Hong Qiao handbags © Russell Uebergang


Shoes on sale at Hong Qiao market
Hong Qiao shoes © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao t-shirts © Russell Uebergang


Teapots at Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao teapots © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao souvenirs © Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao cloisonne vases © Russell Uebergang


Carpets at Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Russell Uebergang


Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao beads © Russell Uebergang


Pearls at Hong Qiao market, Beijing
Hong Qiao pearls © Russell Uebergang


George
George's Lamps © Russell Uebergang


George and shop
George's lamps © Russell Uebergang



Lamp
George's lamps © Russell Uebergang


Lamps
George's lamps © Russell Uebergang
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Panjiayuan Market

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