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Top Five Shopping Spots in Beijing

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Top Five Shopping Spots in Beijing

story by: Mike Williams

A trip to Beijing can be a non-stop assault of phenomenal historical and cultural experiences, from simply enjoying the hustle and bustle to trips to world famous sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Of course, for some people, sampling the incredible shopping opportunities is right near the top of the priority list. If you want shopping to form part of your itinerary in Beijing, then here are the some great shopping spots. Wherever you go, don’t forget to haggle a little over the price!

Panjiayuan Flea Market
Have a dig through Chinese history at the Panjiayuan Flea Market, which gives you a unique opportunity to sift through ancient antiques, jewellery and art and attempt to haggle with salespeople. Spread over nearly 50,000 square metres, it is a cultural experience in itself, even if you don’t leave with any bargains.

New Silk Alley Market
If the opportunity for cheap name brand and designer handbags and clothing is too much to resist, then you’d better schedule a trip to the Silk Market. This popular tourist destination is a big multilevel building housing small stalls selling far more than just silk. Depending on what floor you are on, you can find bargains for clothes, ties, shoes, belts, handbags, luggage, electronics and jewellery.

HongQiao Pearl Market
As you can tell from the name, the HongQiao Pearl Market is a great place to go shopping for jewellery. However, it is also a bargain hunter’s paradise for electronics, clothing, watches, art, tea sets and ornaments. Attached to the Pearl Market is the HongQiao Toy Market.

Xidan Area
For a bit of Beijing shopping, Beijing-local-style, the check out Xidan Area, a large section of indoor and outdoor small shops and stalls. You’ll get to try bartering using your Mandarin phrase book and hand gestures. Another option for this sort of experience is Yandai Xiejie.

Wangfujin Road
Aspiring to be a Chinese version of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Wangfujin Road is one of the most famous shopping streets in China.  It’s a more Western type of shopping destination than the other entries on this list, but is still an essential Chinese cultural experience. Wangfujin Road has it all, from massive department stores and high end fashion stores and restaurants to street food vendors and hustlers yelling “bag, watch, DVD”

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