When you come to a new city, you would probably wonder where to shop here. As a traditional city with a spirit of modernity, Beijing has its own shopping style. Shopping in Beijing is not just buying things, but a way to experience. The following is some information about beijing shopping for reference.
Beijing has become the cultural and ecomomic centre of China for several hundred years. During that time, ecomomic areas emerged. Dashilan, literally means “big fence”, is one of the oldest commerical streets in Beijing.The place has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the centuries. Now it is taken on a new look. There are many time-honored shops with hundreds of years’ history, such as Ruifuxiang Silk Store, Zhangyiyuan Tea Shop, Shengsifu Hat Shop, Tongrentang Pharmacy, Neiliansheng Shoe Store and so on.
Not only can you find local brands in Beijing, you can also find a lot of international brands including LV, Gucci, Burberry etc.
If you want to buy some unique goods of Beijing, you would probably want to go to Beijing Antique City, Liulichang Cultural Street, Panjiayuan Market and Dashilan.
|The history of Dashilan dates back to 500 years ago. There have been many time honored shops here. As the oldest commerical area of Beijing, it has gone through many ups and downs. Now the area has taken on a new look to welcome the friends from all over the world. >>More|
|The Southern Gong and Drum Lane(Nanluoguxiang)|
The Southern Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluoguxiang) is one of the hidden treasures in Beijing. It is also one of the best persevered residences in Beijing and is famous for its Hutongs and courtyard houses (Siheyuan). The area consists of 16 Hutongs in shape of a fishbone or a centipede. If you think that you can only see the old Beijing here, you are sure to be amazed by the modern atmosphere of many clothing and handcraft shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Now, it is a place for both locals and foreigners to relax. It is a perfect mixture of an old Beijing and a modern one. >>More
|Tobacco Pipe Lane (Yandaixie Street)|
|Yandaixiejie is one of the most age-old streets in Beijing. Located near by the Houhai, the street is endowed with a flavor of modernization with some bars and restaurants. The story is people who are living in the north of the city have the hobby of tobacco and water pipe. Some people in the street are very smart in doing business so they open the shop of China tobacco pipe (Yandai). Gradually the street changed the name as Yandaixiejie. In addition to the story, the street itself looks like a Yandai. Very interesting coincidence. Nowadays, it has developed into a business street for antiques, artware and so on. The architecture is austerity and elegant full of Beijing features.|
|Hongqiao (Pearl) Market|
|HongQiao Pearl Market is a pearl market popular with both Chinese and international visitors from all the corners of the world. The range is huge: freshwater, seawater, white and black pearls and prices vary incredibly depending on quality.All shopkeepers speak English. Those on the first three floors tend to be quite persistent and jewellerys are much cheaper than those on the 4th and 5th floors, whilst those on the top two floors are significantly less intrusive. at any rate, their asking prices are often quite high so it is important to haggle. Besides a cosmos of clutter (shoes, clothing, electronics and lots and lots of handbags), Hongqiao is home to more pearls than the South Sea.|
|Transportation:you can take subway Line 5 at the Tiantan Dongmen station. Also you can get there by bus No.34, No.35,No.36,No.6, No.41|
|Beijing Antique City|
|Beijing Antique City is the largest curio trade center in Asia. The curio city covers an area about 23,400 square meters (5.8 acres). There are about 500 stores dealing with ancient porcelain, paintings, calligraphy, jade, carving, bronze ware, antique furniture, carpet, clocks and jewelry. The curio city is like a big museum, and you can just wander around to get more knowledge about Chinese culture. >>More|
|Panjiayuan Antique Market|
|Panjiayuan Market is Beijing’s most beloved flea market selling almost every Chinese knick-knack imaginable. It opens from Thusday to Sunday and is most lively at weekends when far more stalls are open. Nearly the whole range of desired objects can be found here : jade, Tibetan and other ethnic crafts, books, artworks, communist memorabilia, coins, jewelry, statues, beads, silk, porcelain, musical instruments, furniture… Not all the antiques are genuine so if you need certainty it is probably best to shop elsewhere. However, if you are more interested in hunting down the bargain, or are just interested in finding something you like, this is the place. For those particularly interested in furniture, try the nearby ChaoWai Antique Furniture Market, about five minutes walk north. It’s a great spot for souvenirs, Even you want to buy nothing, it is still a place worth visiting. >>More|
|How to get there:
you can take bus No.36, No.51 at Huawei Nanlu stop or Panjiayuan qiaoxi stop.
|Liulichang Cultural Street|
|The Liulichang (Factory of Colored Glaze) Cultural Street is a must-go place when travelling in Beijing if you are interested in curios, calligraphy, painting, jade, and other traditional artworks. It is one of the most well-known traditional business streets in Beijing City, which is famous for the 4 treasures of the Chinese study (writing and painting brushes, ink sticks, paper for traditional calligraphy and painting, and ink slabs), antiques, calligraphy, paintings and so on. Starting from Yanshousi Street in the east, Liuxiang Alley in the west, and South Xinhua Street in the middle, the Liulichang Street is comprised of around 100 shops on both sides of the street with assorted treasures for you to explore.|
|Address: Hepingmen (Peace Gate), Xuanwu District, Beijing|
|Beijing Enamel Factory|
|Cloisonne is a famous traditional enamel ware, known as the “Blue of Jingtai” in China, with a history of over 500 years. There is a great variety of products, such as vase, jar, bowl, plate, box and ashtray.|
|Address: No. 10, Lelin Rd, Chongwen District|
|Artistic Mansion does have a huge selection of potential purchases for anyone hunting for gifts or souvenirs. It’s well known for its jade (with certificates of authenticity), jadeite, cloisonné vases, carpets and other Chinese arts and crafts. There’s also jewellery (gold, silver, jade and pearl) on the first two floors. You’ll find calligraphy, lacquerware, paintings, seals and woodcarvings on the 3rd floor. Head to the 4th floor for jade carvings.|
|Address: No. 12B Guangming Road, Chongwen District Transports:Bus No. 8, 34, 41, 352|
|Baigongfang Handicrafts Museum|
|For fans of arts and crafts, a visit to Baigongfang, a living museum of traditional Chinese handicrafts, is an inspirational experience that brings home the richness and diversity of Chinese handmade art.|
|Address: No. 12B Guangming Road, Chongwen DistrictTransports:Bus No. 8, 34, 41, 352|
These days, shopping has become a way of life. A new style of shopping called lifestyle shopping is becoming more and more popular. Shopping is not just about buying things, but to enjoy one’s life. Solana Blue Harbor, the Place and Sanlitun Village are the perfect places for you to enjoy yourself.
|Solana Blue Harbor|
|Solana is a European-style shopping center blessed with golden sunshine, a tranquil lake, elegant architecture and romantic pathways. Even if you don’t feel like shopping, this place is quite worthwhile to go to for a taste of exotic flavors and some refreshing natural scenery. >>More|
|The Place is a comprehensive shopping mall combines shopping, catering,entertainment and other services. However, what makes it different from other malls is the amazing huge screen hang in the air. It is not only a place to shop, but a place to enjoy the life in Beijing. >>More|
|Sanlitun Village has been under almost constant regeneration since the late 20th century as part of a city-wide project of economic regrowth. It currently houses many bars and clubs popular with both expatriates and locals as well as international brand-name stores such as American Apparel, Apple Inc. and Adidas. It is notable for housing the largest Adidas store in the world. In recent years, the Village shopping mall has become a popular destination for both expatriates and young Chinese. >>More|
Famous Shopping Areas
|Wangfujing Shopping Street|
|Wangfujing Street is now home to around 280 famous Beijing old brands, such as Shengxifu hat store, Tongshenghe shoe shop, and the Wuyutai tea house as well as many international brands. The Wangfujing Snack Street, located in hutongs just west of the main street, is densely packed with restaurants and street food stalls. >>More|
|Xidan is a major traditional commercial area in Beijing, China. It is located in the Xicheng District.The Xidan commercial district incorporates the Xidan Culture Square, North Xidan Street, as well as many supermarkets and department stores. The Xidan Cultural Square is the largest venue for cultural events in downtown Beijing. >>More|
|Silk Street locates at 8.xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomen Dajie. This is a six-story market where various imaginable goods are sold here everyday. Salesclerks here can speak English, French, Italian, Janpanese, Spanish, Korea,and some other languages, they are not good at mastering those languages, but what they have known is enough to do business with shoppers. Silk Street was for long synonymous with fake knock-offs, and some pirated labels survive. The market sprawls from floor to floor, shoving piles of rucksacks, shoes, silk, cashmere and tailor-made qípáo into the overloaded mitts of travellers and expats. you can have a hard bargin with vendors, and they also accept credit cards. >>More|
| Address: 8.xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomen Dajie.
open time: 9am-9pm
you can take subway line 1. and get off at the Yonganli Station. or take bus No.1, No.4, No. 28 and arrive at Yonganli Station.
|Yashow Clothing Market（雅秀）|
|Located to the west of Sanlitun Street and adjacent to the second embassy area, Yashow is a large indoor market. Its total area is about 27,000 square meters and its main business scope covers a wide range of foreign trade including clothing, accessories, traditional handicrafts, snacks and cuisines, as well as recreation and entertainment.
Five-floor bedlam of shoes, boots, handbags, suitcases, jackets, silk, carpets, batik, lace, jade, pearls, toys, army surplus and souvenirs.Open daily 9:30- 20:00Tel: 010-6416 8945 / 6415 1726
Up-scale shopping malls
|Shin Kong Place (Xinguangtiandi)|
|Shin Kong Place has successfully attracted 938 international class brands, it also boasts Asia’s largest Gucci flagship store, as well as a gourmet foods supermarket in the basement and a range of fine dining establishments on the top level. Fauchon, France’s premier food emporium, which covers a mind-boggling four floors with a deli, cafe, bakery, and expensive restaurant, all done up in its trademark pink and silver. The first thing which strikes shoppers as they enter is the sheer number of luxury brands – including Chanel, Coach, Fauchon, Hugo Boss, Prada, Salvatore, Ferragamo, Dunhill, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Franck Muller, Biotherm, Clinque, Dior, etc. Younger markets are catered to with brands such as Converse, Diesel, Juicy Couture and Acupuncture, with sports brands Nike and Adidas both boasting flagship stores in the complex.|
|Address: 87 Jianguo Lu,CBD/Guomao, Northeast of Dawang Bridge, beside China Central Place,
Chaoyang District, Beijing
Chinese Address: 北京市朝阳区建国路87号，大望桥东北角
Open Hours: 10am-10pm
Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Dawanglu
|Yansha Shoppping Center|
|This glossy mall-style development caters for aspirational Beijingers with a department store full of imported luxury goods, a basement Continental deli, and a BMW showroom. Nearly all the staffs in this shopping centre can speak at least one foreign language. More down to earth, just west on the south bank of the river is the LiangMa Flower Market, which is a riot of color and fragrances.|
| Address: 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, BeijingChinese Address: 北京市朝阳区亮马桥路52号Phone:10-6465-1188
Transportation: Public bus 300, 302, 402, 413 418, 701, 713, 801or 847 at Liangmaqiao stop;
Subway Line 2, 13 or L1 at Dongzhimen
Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
|Guomao Shopping Center|
|Beijing’s ritziest mall is attached to the equally luxurious China World Hotel. The mall, which is also known as Guomao, is home to elite international brands such as Moschino, Prada, Cartier, Chloe, Christian Dior, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Fendi, Celine and Hermes. For those who don’t own small islands in the Pacific, there’s a good selection of other, more practical shops too. For quality souvenirs, check out Tian Fu, a branch of the famous Chinese tea sellers or Emperor, which sells silk bedding and table linens. The ground level of China World contains airline offices, American Express, a food court, and Beijing’s first (but now far from only) Starbucks. The Le Cool ice skating rink is in the basement.|
|Beijing Scitech Premium Outlet Mall|
|Opened in July 2009, Beijing Scitech Outlet Mall is located within the prestigious villa area of xiangjiang north road in chaoyang district. It is the preferred shopping destination for premium brands at discounted prices. Fashion’s biggest names, including Armani, Bally, Burberry, Coach, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Max Mara, Nine West and Zegna, have all settled in charming boutique stores in an immense new outdoor village with authentic Colonial, Victorian, and Classical architecture – the first of its kind in China.|
Yabaolu Market（Russiatown ）雅宝路
Yabaolu Russian Market is on the west side of Ritan Park, featured a long strip of stores solely selling fur coats clothing, hats, toys, bathing suits and other relevant stuffs.
The name Yabaolu means “elegant treasure road”. This road was originally called “Mute man’s Alley” or Yaba Hutong. At the northern side of the market, you can find many semi-resident Russian traders. These traders are from Siberia and they have formed their own ethnic and cultural group here. This part of the market is called Russia town.
Surprisingly you will find businesses here featuring Russian written names. Many contemporary, modern markets have emerged at Yabaolu Market after the Beijing Olympics. These include the You-Town and Chaowai-Men. These shops predominantly cater to retail shoppers. Tourists enjoy browsing around this popular market in Beijing.
Add: 16 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie and Yabao Lu, Chaoyang District, subway to Chaoyangmen.