Sunday, April 01, 2007

Shopping in Beijing's Markets & Shopping Centers

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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.

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.

Shopping doesn’t get much better than Beijing, so go out and have some dynamic fun! Fish head soup








Hong Qiao
Fish head soup?
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Hong Qiao market





Hong Qiao
Slippery Things!
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Hong Qiao squid







Squid
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Hong Qiao market






Hong Qiao fish market
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Hong Qiao watches






Hong Qiao clocks and watches
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Hong Qiao







Hong Qiao grains crushed or whole
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Hong Qiao market, Beijing






Hong Qiao hats and scarves
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Hong Qiao






Hong Qiao handbags
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Shoes on sale at Hong Qiao market






Hong Qiao shoes
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Hong Qiao market, Beijing






Hong Qiao traditional clothing
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Hong Qiao market, Beijing






Hong Qiao t-shirts
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Teapots at Hong Qiao market, Beijing






Hong Qiao teapots
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Hong Qiao market, Beijing






Hong Qiao souvenirs
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Hong Qiao market, Beijing







Hong Qiao cloinsonne vases
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Carpets at Hong Qiao market, Beijing








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Hong Qiao market, Beijing







Hong Qiao beads









Pearls at Hong Qiao market, Beijing








Hong Qiao pearls
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George's Lamps
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George and shop






George's lamps
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George's lamps
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Lamps




George's lamps
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