Shopping in Beijing is a great fun. Today, Annie will show you around some discount brand markets in Beijing. Learn to shop like a local and you will get an extra delight.
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Also known as the Hongqiao Market, the store offers an enthusiastic shopper more than most could wish for. Fill your basket full with pearls, bespoke jewelry, jade, arts and crafts, toys, antiques and clothing, but also modern electronic goods, camera memory cards, clocks, watches, or all kinds of other interesting goods. See also other stores in this rapidly developing complex near the Temple of Heaven.
Add: 8 Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Opening Hours: 09:00am – 18:00pm
Getting there: You can take Subway Line 5, and get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station.
The old Silk Alley was a treat for bargain-hunting tourists, yet it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter and jam-packed with people. Today, development in the area has made way for bigger and brighter things: one of which is the new Silk Street, a mall where many of the traders and wares of the old alley are now occupying several floors of a comfortable, safe and new building that faces Beijing’s Jianguomenwai Dajie.
Add: 8 East Xiushui Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Opening Hours: 09:00am – 21:00pm
Getting there: You can take Subway Line 1, and get off at Yong’anli Station.
Sanlitun Yashow Clothing Market
Also of interest to bargain hunters in Beijing, the Yashow Market is a big draw for the tourists with serious shopping to do. Centrally located in the Sanlitun area, Yashow is surrounded by the bars, restaurants and cafes, from name-brand outlets such Hooters to popular western restaurants such as the Saddle Cantina or high-end Chinese restaurants such as Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant, making it the most popular eating and drinking area for tourists in the city. The market itself offers every imaginable kind of clothing. If it’s on the market, Yashow will have it or a version of it at the very least. Try shoes in the basement, custom-fitted suits on the third floor, and fashionable clothes for young and old on the floors in between. Luggage and hats can also be found in the basement. Need to make a new version of a favorite old coat, shirt or blouse? This is the place.
Add: 58 North Gongti Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Opening Hours: 08:30am – 21:00pm
One end of Yandai Xiejie is located about half a block south of the Bell Tower on Beijing’s Central Axis on the west side of Di’anmenwai Dajie. It’s one of the oldest streets in Beijing where some streets date back to the Yuan Dynasty. It was a well-known business street in the early 1920s-30s. As the street was famous for tobacco-related products and pipes, this was how the street got its name – Yandai Xiejie (Yandai is the name of a Chinese pipe). The Ministry of Culture the People’s Republic of China recently cited Yandai Xiejie as a China Historical Cultural Street. Many antique and jade shops were once located here; today there are small bars, large and small restaurants, souvenir, painting and calligraphy shops and clothing shops.
Add: Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Nanluoguxiang runs through one of the oldest collections of hutong in Beijing. It has a 768-metere-long south-north central lane, with 16 hutong, 8 on each side, jutting east and west of the central lane that give way to other meandering hutong. This was the typical hutong layout of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) to which this hutong can be traced. This quaint little street is packed with bars, cafes, restaurants and shops, selling souvenirs and traditional crafts.
Add: Nanluoguxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing.