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Shopping Guide for Beijing

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With economic growth and rising wages comes higher consumer demand. As Beijing has continued to develop, there has been a rapid increase in the number of malls being built across the city, such as Tun San Li in Sanlitun, the second Joy City mall in Chaoyang, and the Beijing Galleries Lafayette in Xidan. In addition to the malls, look for some of the specialized markets, stores selling local designs, and flea markets. This list consists of some of the places in Beijing for you to browse.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover

12 Places

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12 Places

Beijing Dahongmen Trade Centre Of Clothing

Flea & Street Markets

Panjiayuan Antique Market

Antique Stores, Flea & Street Markets

Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)

Flea & Street Markets

Glasses City

Gift & Speciality Shops

Liulichang Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hongqiao Tianle Toys market

Gift & Speciality Shops

New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui)

Gift & Speciality Shops

Nanluoguxiang

Gift & Speciality Shops

Wudaoying Hutong

Historic Walking Areas

Sanlitun Taikooli

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Joy City Chaoyang District

Shopping Malls

Dashilan

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Alicia L's City Tips

  • Foreign brands are expensive in China, so look for Chinese brands or "Made in China" instead.
  • Don't always expect shop staff to be the most helpful or proactive. If you have questions and are met with "I don't know," don't feel frustrated. Just rephrase the question!
  • Vendors in markets often don't speak English, so be prepared to use the calculator on your phone and sign language to bargain!
  • If you're going to some of the flea markets or wholesale malls, bargaining may be possible. However, if there are "fixed price" signs, don't bargain.
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    Beijing Dahongmen Trade Centre Of Clothing
    Flea & Street Markets
    Alicia L Says:

    Dahongmen is the largest wholesale clothing market in North China. It's a huge market comprised of smaller sub-markets with thousands of vendors selling shoes, clothes, and fabric.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have a good idea of what you want to buy or have made — or it's easy to be impulsive and buy too much!
    • If you have children you may want to check out the nearby International Toy City, a wholesale toy market.
    • If you want to have clothes made (suits, shirts, Mao's suits, qipao dresses, etc.), go to the area that sells fabric and you'll have many choices. Prices depend on the material you choose.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #849 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    • Wholesale market 11/05/2017
    • Not really worth the trip 17/04/2017
    Phone:
    +86 10 8781 8811
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    04:30 - 17:00
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    Panjiayuan Antique Market
    Antique Stores, Flea & Street Markets
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    Alicia L Says:

    Come here on weekends and there'll be vendors who come in from outside of Beijing to sell their wares. You'll find souvenirs, historical artifacts, arts and crafts, jewelry, books, and antiques.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The area is open on weekdays, but it's more interesting on weekends as it becomes more of a flea market.
    • Nearby is the Beijing Antique City, where you'll find traditional art and furniture.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    • Traditional market experience 10/09/2017
    • Good ceramic wear and Chinese calligraphy 10/09/2017
    • Panjiayuan Antique Market
    Address:
    No.18 Huawei Li, Panjiayuan Road, Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100021
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 5120 4699
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Alicia L Says:

    Despite the name, the Pearl Market sells more than just pearls and jewelry. It lies close to the Temple of Heaven, so it's a good option if you want to go shopping after some sightseeing. You'll find everything: bags, shoes, clothes, tea, silk, fabric, toys, souvenirs, and jewelry.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are driving to the Pearl Market, stop by the north exit. The main entrance of this building is on the west side.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    • Bargain hard or you will pay too much 21/09/2017
    • Good bargains 21/09/2017
    • Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)
    Address:
    9 Tiantan Rd
    Beijing
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 6711 9130
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Glasses City
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Alicia L Says:

    A building full of vendors selling glasses and contact lenses at the lowest prices in Beijing. Find the perfect pair of sunglasses or glasses to fit in with the latest trends. You can get your eyes tested, buy the frames you like, and have your pair of glasses made within an hour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The building closes at 6pm and many vendors will start closing a bit earlier than that.
    • Glasses City is very close to Panjiayuan Antique Market, making this a place you can quickly stop by after shopping for antiques and souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 304 Shopping in Beijing
    • Shop 222 22/07/2017
    • Worth it 15/01/2017
    • Glasses City
    Address:
    43 Huawei Beili, Panjiayuan, Dongsanhuan Nanlu,
    Beijing
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
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    Liulichang Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Alicia L Says:

    An area mainly for folk arts, crafts, and art supplies. You'll find plenty of vendors selling collectibles and art supplies, including Rongbaozhai, a prominent shop on the west section of Liulichang, where you'll find woodblock prints, copies of famous calligraphy, reproductions of famous Chinese paintings, and many different art supplies. Its name 'liulichang' came from the Ming Dynasty when the area was home to a renowned factory that made glazed tiles for the palaces, temples and residences for officials. Large scale renovations that have transformed this area to resemble a Chinese village.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you're tired, try one of the traditional teahouses to rest your legs.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful stroll through street with all calligraphy supplies and galleries. 22/09/2017
    • Recreation of old street 06/09/2017
    • Liulichang Street
    Address:
    Hepingmenwai, Xicheng District
    Beijing 100051
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 8050 2339
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Hongqiao Tianle Toys market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Alicia L Says:

    Situated close to the Temple of Heaven, this building is comprised of vendors mostly selling all types of children's toys. In addition to toys, toy cars, and other popular gadgets, you'll find kites, gift sets, and much, much more.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be surprised by how cheap some of the toys are!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 304 Shopping in Beijing
    • It's Gone - Permanently 13/04/2017
    • Doesn't exist anymore 28/02/2016
    • Hongqiao Tianle Toys market
    Address:
    136 Fahuasi, Chongwen District
    Beijing
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 6711 7499
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    New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui)
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Alicia L Says:

    Conveniently located in the CBD (Central Business District), this building is easy to access by subway and public transportation. The building has many stores and vendors selling everything from clothes, shoes, arts, calligraphy, jewelry, and bags to electronics.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • A good place to come if you are pressed for time, as it is an easy one-stop-shop for all your needs.
    • Because of upgrades to the building, it has gradually become more expensive to shop here than in the past.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 304 Shopping in Beijing
    • Great shopping! 24/09/2017
    • Great place to go to have fun but not for everyone if you can't bargain better go elsewhere... 13/09/2017
    • New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui)
    Address:
    No.8 Xiushui East Street, Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100600
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 5169 9003
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Nanluoguxiang
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Alicia L Says:

    This area is quite commercialized, bustling with many domestic tourists who come to look at the old architecture of the city. Expect many chain restaurants, people, and cars on the main Nanluoguxiang street. Still, some of the side alleys (hutongs) feature boutique stores, cafes, and bars that are quite worthwhile visiting!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Spend more time walking around the hutongs as opposed to on Nanluoguxiang itself.
    • Go and explore the area, and try to avoid going on weekends.
    • If you're looking for fashion brands, check out Plastered T-Shirts, Wuhao (on Mao'er Hutong), or Christopher Bu (on Ju'er Hutong).
    • There are plenty of residential neighborhoods in this area, so as you walk around you'll see what daily life is like for Beijingers.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 304 Shopping in Beijing
    • Very busy and slightly touristy 21/09/2017
    • Nice alleyway with eateries and interesting gift shops 17/09/2017
    • Nanluoguxiang
    Address:
    Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng District
    Beijing 100009
    China
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    Wudaoying Hutong
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Alicia L Says:

    At one point almost considered the 'next Nanluoguxiang,' Wudaoying Hutong is an 'alley' where you'll find boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants.. The area was renovated and upgraded in 2010-2011 and is less busy than other parts of the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Since it's located near the Gulou and Beixinqiao areas, as well as the Lama Temple and the Confucius Temple and Guozijian, Wudaoying Hutong is an easy place to stop by for a quick walk around.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Gem! 21/09/2017
    • Lovely alleyway with bars and cafes 17/09/2017
    • Wudaoying Hutong
    Address:
    Dongcheng District
    Beijing
    China
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    Sanlitun Taikooli
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Alicia L Says:

    A modern complex with many shops, restaurants, a supermarket, and a cinema. Expect to see many yuppies and wealthy Chinese shoppers. There's a Sanlitun Village South and Sanlitun Village North that features many foreign brands and an Apple Store. North is more upscale than South, selling haute couture and local and foreign luxury brands. You'll find products from over 100 local and foreign designers, ranging from clothes to accessories to furniture.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can expect to see a display of the latest ins of Chinese fashion, as some of the trendiest local shoppers come here to shop.
    • Expect to see designs from many up-and-coming and well known Chinese designers.
    • In the North area, you'll find a shop called Brand New China, established by Hong Huang, who is known as "China's Oprah."
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    • Good place for shopping & eating 12/07/2017
    • Shopping 23/06/2017
    • Sanlitun Taikooli
    Address:
    No.19 Sanlitun North Road
    Beijing 100027
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 6536 0588
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Joy City Chaoyang District
    Shopping Malls
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    Alicia L Says:

    Opened for business in 2010, this mall features a mix of foreign and local brands, as well as restaurants and cafes with international and Chinese cuisine. Come here to shop at some of the biggest Chinese fashion chain brands such as JNBY, Ochirly, and Me & City.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Spend a few hours shopping in this air-conditioned space, a refreshing experience that contrasts shopping outside in Beijing, which can be muggy and polluted.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #170 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    • Massive mall 17/09/2017
    • Huge mall! 24/08/2016
    • Joy City Chaoyang District
    Address:
    No.101 Chaoyang North Road, Chaoyang District
    Beijing
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
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    Dashilan
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Alicia L Says:

    This area by Qianmen was revamped in 2009 and has become a popular tourist destination. The main street has many shops selling local time-honored brands as well as foreign shops and little stores selling local delights and snacks. It can get quite crowded, so wander off into the side alleys (hutongs), were you can find a mixture of boutiques selling locally made arts and fashion — for example, Triple-Major (on Yang Mei Zhu Xiejie).

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid some of the main areas, as shopping there is not always the cheapest.
    • This area hosts the annual Beijing Design Week (usually in September) so it is home to many shops and entrepreneurs engaged in design and the creative industries.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good base to explore. 07/07/2017
    • Some good traditional shops still 21/06/2017
    • Dashilan
    Address:
    Dazhalan Shopping Street, Xicheng District
    Beijing 100051
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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