Sunday, April 13, 2008

Season’s Place Shopping Centre Beijing

Seasons Place BeijingSeason’s Place Shopping Centre, Beijing

Beijing visitors staying in the Ritz Carlton or Westin Hotels are in a perfect location to shop at this heavily promoted shopping centre recently opened in Beijing. These hotels are set either end of a central park area with the Westin Hotel to the west and the Ritz Carlton Hotel to the East. Season’s Place occupies the southern side of the park area while a range of coffee shops and restaurants line the northern side of the park, now being referred to by some as Bar Street.

Anyone needing a break from typical crowded, noisy, bustling Beijing shopping experiences will find themselves rewarded here at Season’s Place. If shopping in crowded shopping centres or squeezy markets is not your idea of an enjoyable shopping experience then try shopping at the new Season’s Place shopping centre.

Shopping at Season’s Place at the end of March and into April 2008 provides shoppers with open expanses of smooth white marble floors in a brightly lit shopping plaza where the sun streams in from the completely glass covered building. Consisting of 4 main shopping levels you may even begin to feel lonely in this immaculate new centre if you shop during day time hours. Shopping after normal working hours will give you a slightly improved chance of finding other shoppers enjoying this new shopping environment.

All of the usual brand name shops are available, along with many very high end labels from both Europe and America like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci, Vesace, Salvatore Ferragamo and Lane Crawford. If you enjoy high end label shopping visit the 1st floor. The basement, 2nd and 3rd floors offer some of the more affordable shopping in stores selling Calvin Klein, Anne Klein, Ports Men, Marc by Marc Jacobs, y-3, I.T, Lilyrose, Only, Vero Moda, Jack & Jones, Esprit, Guess, Replay, Benetton, CK Underwear, Nine West, Swatch, Enzo, Toni & Guy, Svenson Hair Care Centre, Marie France Bodyline. You will also find Raffles International Medical Centre on the 4th floor, along with services like hom@spa, THANN, BOSE, The IQ Air Store, Euro Home/Villeroy & Boch.

Westin Hotel BeijingIf hours of browsing through easy to negotiate shops works up an appetite there are several coffee and food outlets available. By far the most popular and affordable is the Food Court food and drinks outlet. There is an enormous range of deliciously tempting local food available from the outlets where you will find it hard to spend 25RMB per person. The serves are so generous you will probably find that they satisfy the appetites of two hungry adults. The food is fresh with tempting presentations. Judging by the amount of people eating here from nearby offices and banks at lunch times this has to be the best eating area in Fuxingmen. Before entering Food Court be sure to buy a rechargeable card from the small desk on the right so that you can order and pay for your food at any of the many stalls inside. You can load up your card with any amount of cash. Most plates cost around 18RMB. Hot and cold drinks average 10RMB.

If eating in the Ritz Carlton or Westin Hotels becomes a little tiresome it is only a short walk to a range of coffee shops and restaurants across the park from Season’ Place. There is the unescapable Starbucks Coffee, TGF’s and then a range of noodle and pasta restaurants.

Currently the shopping center features an exhibition, “dimensions of design 100 Classic Chairs” ending 4th May 2008.

For more information about Season’s Place click here or call 010 66220581.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00

Address:
2# Jinchenfang Street, Xicheng District of Beijing
北京市西城区今城坊街2号

Access:
Bus: No 15, 205, 337, 37, 4, 52, 728, 802, 800, 387, 423, 44, 456, 49, 50, 661, 662, 702, 719, 743, 800, 4, 937, 500
Subway: Line 2 Fuxingmen, Exit A; Line 1 Fuxingmen, Exit B and take bus 800 to the shopping center or walk north on the road east of, and paralleling the West Second Ring Road.

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