A visit to at least one Beijing market is an essential adventure while in the country’s capital, so here’s our list of the very best.
Panjiayuan Antique Market
Reputedly China’s largest flea market or antique market. Expect to find every imaginable curio or artifact, including genuine and reproduction antiques, vintage items, ancient books, jade objects, calligraphy and paintings, ancient coins, and even copies of the ‘little red book’, once considered mandatory reading for those living during the Cultural Revolution period. It’s fair to say that you can expect the unexpected here.
Panjiayuan Glasses Market
Need to update your glasses while on tour in Beijing? Then look no further than the Panjiayuan Glasses Market. Whether you simply need an eye check, or want to source the latest in eyewear style, Panjiayuan Glass Market is the go-to destination. Expect to enjoy fast service, great prices, and possibly one of China’s largest eyewear marketplace.
Silk Market Shopping Centre
You can’t help but think of silk when China comes to mind, so if you’re in Beijing, the place to get your fill and stock up is the old Silk Market located in Xiushui Street. First established in 1978, the market operated as an open-air venue, however in 1985, under the jurisdiction of the local council, the Xiushui Street market was expanded. Read more
It stayed this way for 20 years during which time the market was wall-to-wall shops and stalls selling silk products, tourist souvenirs and copies of famous brand fashion. In 2005 after yet another revamp, it was turned into the current Silk Market Shopping Center, offering locals and international visitors a better shopping environment.
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Located directly opposite the Temple of Heaven, the Hongqiao Pearl Market is popular among international visitors for its vast selection of pearls and jewelry. But that’s not all you’ll find there. Given that markets and trading seem to be in the DNA of local traders, the pearl market is perhaps a misnomer, because shoppers will find electronics, toys, clothes, and souvenirs.