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Shopping in Beijing

Last updated by meimeili at 2013/10/22; Destinations:

Beijing is a shopping paradise for visitors from all over the world, and it’s abundant in various kinds of commodities. The authentic Beijing souvenirs feature exquisite workmanship and diverse forms, including cloisonné, ivory carvings, jade wares, carved lacquers, jewels and precious stones.

For those who prefer folk handcrafts, you are highly recommended to purchase dough figurines, facial masks, kites and clay figurines during your Beijing shopping. Below is a list of famous shopping streets in Beijing.

1. Wangfujing Avenue

As the most famous commercial avenue of Beijing, the three-kilometer (1.9 miles) long Wangfujing Avenue starts at East Chang’an Street to the south and ends at China’s National Art Gallery to the north, and it’s laden with costly merchandises from all over the world, including jewels, precious stones, metal hardware, electrical equipments, cosmetics, clothes and watches.

The famous stores on the street are highlighted by Beijing Department Store, Xindong’an Shopping Mall, Gongmei Mansion and Oriental Xintiandi. In addition, The 2008 Beijing Olympic mascots and 2012 Shanghai World Expo mascots are on sale on the first floor of Gongmei Mansion.

Address: from Art Gallery in the north to Chang’an Avenue in the south, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 10, 41, 59, 90, 99, 103, 104, 108, 120, 126, 203, 205 and 420
Nearby Attractions: Fragrant Hill Park, Summer Palace, Marco Polo Bridge and China Millennium Altar

2. Xidan Commercial Avenue

As one of the core commercial areas along with Wangfujing Avenue in Beijing, Xiandan Commercial Avenue is composed of Xidan Culture Street and Xidan North Avenue, where a number of supermarkets and department stores are distributed. Xiandan Commercial Avenue is characterized by its dynamic and fashionable elements, and it is a magnet for the young Beijingers, which is praised as “A Shopping Paradise for the Young”.

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The main stores on the street are represented by Juntai Department Store, Zhongyou Department Store, Mingzhu Market, Minzu Grand World, Dayuecheng, Huawei Market and Xidan Shopping Center.

Address: from Gangwashi to Xidan Crossing, Xicheng District, Beijing
Opening hours: Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 1, 10, 15, 22, 37, 46, 47, 52, 70, 83,102, 105, 109. 204, 205, 603, 064, 626, 690, 802, 808 and 826
Nearby Attractions: Tian'anmen Square, Beihai Park and Zhongshan Park

3. Qianmen Avenue

The 845-meter (0.5 miles) long Qianmen Avenue starts at Zhengyang Gate to the north and ends at the Temple of Heaven Park to the north, along which over 180 stores are available, and it features a combination of the traditional elements and the modern elements.

The highly recommeneded stores on Qianmen Avenue are Hua Fu watchmaker's, Qing Yi Tang Pharmacy, Sheng Xi Fu Hat Store, Qing Lin Chun Tea Shop, Qian Xiang Yi Silk Store.

Address: from Zhengyang Gate in the north to Tiantan Road in the south, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 5, 17, 20, 22, 59, 66, 69, 120, 126, 301, 626, 646, 690, 723 and 729
Nearby attractions: Summer Palace and Beijing Forbidden City

4. Xiushui Street

Just as the saying goes that “it’s a must to climb the Great Wall, visit the Forbidden City, taste roasted duck and look around Xiushui Street during your Beijing travel.” Xiushui Street is an ideal place for visitor to hunt for novelty, where you can purchase ancient Chinese costumes, silk, pearl, tea, porcelains and jade wares as well as the four treasures of the study (i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper).

You’re advised to go shopping in Xiushui Mansion, Tong Ren Tang Pharmacy, Qian Xiang Yi Silk Store and Nei Lian Shang Store during your tour to Xiushui Street.

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Address: No. 8, Xiushui East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 28, 43, 403 and 120
Nearby attractions: Beijing Zoo, Beijing Aquarium and Beijing Exhibit Hall

5. Liulichang Culture Street

As a commodity distributing center specializing in curios, calligraphic works and painting during the Qing Dynasty, the 750-meter (0.46 miles) long Liulichang Culture Street has an old-fashioned and antique flavor with Shousi Street to the east and Nanbeiliu Lane to the west. More than 100 stores line along the street, which feature gray brick structures crowned by dark-gray tile roofs.

Most stores are specialty stores on the street. Bao Rong Zhai Store and Bao Gu Zhai Store specialize in calligraphic works and paintings, Lai Xun Ge Store and Yi De Zhai Store specialize in the four treasures of the study, Zhen Huan Ge Store and Zhen Yun Ge Store specialize in jewels and other precious stones, and Le Hai Xuan Store and Gu Yi Zhai Store specialize in musical instruments.

Address: outside Heping Gate, Nanhua Avenue, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 7, 14, 15, 66, 403 and 120
Nearby attractions: Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Zhengyang Gate

6. Beijing Curio City

As the largest indoor curio market in Asia, Beijing Curio City is home to over 600 stores, 50 of which are operated by businessmen from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Italy.

Beijing Curio City mainly specializes in selling classical furniture, ancient clocks, carpets, ivory carvings, stone carving, porcelains, embroideries and ancient calligraphic works and paintings of famous people. Beijing Folk Culture Festival and Beijing Curio and Arts Expo are also regularly held in Beijing Curio City each year.

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Address: No. 21, East 3rd Ring South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 28, 53, 300, 513 and 627
Nearby attractions: Bird's Nest, Beijing Olympic Park, Water Cubic and 798 Art Zone

7. Dazhalan

As the oldest and the most famous ancient commercial street in Beijing, the 300-meter (0.2 miles) long Dazhalan starts at Qianmen Avenue to the east and Xinhua Avenue to the west, where over 100 stores of various trades are scattered with an average daily customs flow of 200,000 to 250,000.

A number of Lao Zihaos (the old established stores) have been set up on Dazhalan Commercial Street over 500 years, including Rui Fu Xiang Silk Store, Nei Lian Sheng Shoe Store, Zhang Yi Yuan Tea Store, Tong Ren Tang Chinese Medicine Store adn Ma Ju Yuan Hat Store, all of which provide genuine goods at fair prices.

Address: outside Qianmen Avenue, Chongwen District, Beijing
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 2, 20, 48, 59, 66, 69, 71, 93, 120, 201, 203 and 729
Nearby attractions: Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, China’s National Museum and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

8. Panjiayuan Second-Hand Market

As the largest second-hand market in Asia, Panjiayuan Second-Hand Market is a folk culture exchange center in Beijing, with shopping, tourism, recreational and entertainment combined as one, where over 3,000 stores are scattered with a wide collection of commodities.

Panjiayuan Second-Hand Market mainly deals in calligraphic works, paintings, porcelains, wooden furniture, jade wares, bamboo carvings, traditional Chinese clothes, ancient currencies and the four treasures of the study.

Address: No. 18, Huaweili, Panjiayuan, East 3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Transport: bus No. 34, 214, 368, 638, 674, 802, 974, 99, 107 and 729
Nearby attractions: Bird's Nest, Beijing Olympic Park, Water Cubic and 798 Art Zone