Hongqiao Pearl Market
The Hongqiao Pearl Market is a really popular Market for tourists. It is a place you would find lots of great things, such as the pearl jewelry, cheap costume jewelry, clothing, silk scarf, luggage, purse, digital objects and various souvenirs. Make sure you remember to bargain hard because you don’t want to buy something for a great deal of amount and later realize it wasn’t worth it. It is great fun to test your bargaining skills here. I would suggest that you should pay between 10% to 20% of the first asking price. The sellers are very aggressive. The best skill for bargaining is that offer your price and then walk away. They will ask you to come back. The Hongqiao Market is a fakes market. But the really top quality fakes are in the hidden stores, not this market.
Silk Street (Silk Market)
The Silk Street is the largest and popular Market for tourists in Beijing. It’s quite similar as the Hongqiao Market. But it’s bigger and offers a wider selection of goods. Some years ago,the Market was redeveloped significantly. Now the stall holders pay higher rents. So the bargaining is harder and they start with a higher price, and more aggressive. The layout of Hongqiao Market is more open-plan than Silk Street, making it easier to browse quickly between stalls. The sellers get grumpy or aggressive or rude and will make you a little uncomfortable. If you want top quality fakes of prestige brands, they are certainly available but are not displaying at the market. you have to look for the hidden stores and buy those stuffs.
The Wangfujing Street
The Wangfujing Street is also called “Gold street”. This pedestrian shopping street was the first modern commercial street in Beijing. It’s about 800 m long from the south to the north. There are several fancy shopping Malls, such as the Oriental Plaza, the Wangfujing Department store,WF Central, Snack street (closed since 2019.8. Not sure that when will it open again), the apm Mall and etc.. It’s a good place to hang around as a tourist. There are also a lot of good restaurants in the shopping Malls.
The hidden Stores for knock-off goods
Do you know that where the local foreigners who are living and working in Beijing to go shopping? Do you know that where are the airline staff to go shopping when they stay in Beijing? There are some nice hidden stores at the back to Hongqiao Pearl Market. You can find cheap souvenirs, digital objects, top quality knock-off purses, clothes, shoes and watches. The shop owners are doing business with old clients or friends mostly. So everything is fixed reasonable price. You don’t have to worry about bargaining here. Of course, without a local people like me to take you there, it’s impossible for you to find the hidden stores by yourself.
The Panjiayuan Flea Market
The Panjiayuan Flea Market is also called the Panjiayuan Weekend Market. It opens from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm during the weekdays and from 4:30 am to 6:00 pm on weekends. Also the 100% of stalls are open on weekends and only around 70% during the weekdays. There are various goods at the Panjiayuan Market. It’s just like a museum. Most of the visitors here are local people. You can find antiques (99% are fake), handicrafts, calligraphy, chinese paintings, writing brushes, stone carvings, porcelain, traditional furniture, jewels & jade, stamps, second-hand books, packing materiel and etc.. It’s the largest flea Market at the northern China.
The Nanluoguxiang Alley
The Nanluoguxiang is a trendy alley in the old Beijing. It’s famous for its boutiques, restaurants, snack stalls and bars. The 800 meters long pedestrian alley has 8 best preserved Hutongs on each side from the south to the north. Historical marks can be found in every Hutong here since lots of officials, celebs lived here since Ming & Qing Dynasty. With its impressive historical reputation and cultural influences, Nanluoguxiang has become a popular tourist attraction in Beijing.
The Qianmen Street
The Qianmen Street is located at the central axis of Beijing City. It is a famous pedestrian street for shopping and sightseeing. It’s just located at the south of the Tian’anmen Square. Qianmen Street has more than 570 years history. It was called Zhengyangmen Street during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and finally got the present name in 1965. During the Qing Dynasty, there were many local markets in this area, such as a meat market, cloth market, jewelry market, pig market and etc.. So there are many time-honored local brands in Qianmen Street today. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Chinese way of life here. Dashilar is a must-see street on the west of the Qianmen Street. There are cheap souvenirs stores, Time-honored brand stores for shoes, silk, hat, tea and herbal medicines, restaurants and etc.. Hanging around at the Qianmen Dashilar street will bring you back to the real Beijing.