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Beijing Escorted Antique Buying Day Tour

Do you want to enjoy a totally new antiquing experience in Beijing? Beijing is a grand hunting ground for collectibles of every type, from early antique items right on up to modern day collectibles. Take our one day "antique shopping" trip to Beijing. This one day antique tour enables antiquers to visit the most famous antique and curio markets in Beijing as well as some of the beaten path sources most international travellers are unaware of.

In this escorted antique markets tour, we include Liulichang Antique Street, Panjiayuan Flea Market, Beijing Curio City and Beijing Hongqiao Market.

It would be hard to find another city in China that is as rich in such extraordinary antique markets with primitives, jewelry, glass, crystal, porcelain, pottery, toys, dolls, folk art etc. You can buy antiques tax free as long as they are exported. Our antique private day tour includes travel by chartered car or minibus, bilingual guide and visits to antique markets, retail shops, trade sources and wholesalers. Just a word of caution - watch for fakes and reproductions.

Overview:
Departure: Daily
Duration: 8 Hours
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel in Beijing around 9:00am
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel in Beijing around 5:00pm
Tour Code: ABTB-01
Payment Types: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire
We speak: English 
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Pick up from your hotel around 8:30am. First visit the Liulichang Antique Stree. It is probably the most popular of the antique street markets for tourists in Beijing. Liulichang is a small street with some hutongs ( lanes ) lined with shops facades bearing Ming and Qing dynasty architectural features. With brightly painted doors and eaves and gracefully curved black-tiled-roofs buildings, a little of old Beijing's lifestyle is preserved here.

Liulichang Antique Street

Then drive to Panjiayuan Flea Market. This flee market is only open on Saturday and Sunday. This is a multi-sectioned covered shopping area. It is actually a huge market place for selling and collecting Chinese folk handcrafts, maybe the largest in Asia! What you will see are jewelry, ceramics,calligraphy, teapots, ethnic clothing, Buddha statues, paper lanterns, Cultural Revolution memorabilia, PLA belts, Ming- and Qing-style furniture, old pipes, opium scales, and painted human skulls and many many more!

Panjiayuan Flea Market

Then move on to Beijing Curio City. Beijing Curio City is just next to Panjiayuan Flea Market, the first nationally supervised second-hand market in China, and the biggest Asian center of the curio trade. The building is elegantly decorated. At present it has antique over 600 dealers, mainly selling the classical furniture, the ancient clock and watch, the ancient rug, the ancient ceramics, the celebrity calligraphy and painting, the Baiyu ivory carving, the snuffbox and more.

Beijing Curio City

Finally visit Beijing Hongqiao Market. This big market offers everything, from pocket knifes, copy watches, sports wear, bags, shoes to actual jewelry. It is a little bit chaotic, but so are many markets in China. On ground floor you can find some electronics, basic photo equipment, copy watches and other small stuff.

Beijing Hongqiao Market

Return to your hotel in Beijing around 5:00pm.

Price List for this tour (Price per person in US dollars)
Travelling Party Tour Cost Per Person
1 person $100
2-5 persons $65
6-9 persons $45

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Service package includes:
1. Pick-up service from hotel
2. Private air-conditioned car or van
3. Private English speaking tour guide
4. Chinese lunch
5. Visits to antique markets
Service package excludes:
1. Personal Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip
2. Tips to the tour guide and driver


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Major Antique Markets in Beijing:
Beijing Liulichang Antique Street
Liulichang is a well-known "culture street" in Beijing. It can date back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). During that time, people from all over China came Beijing to take part in the imperial examinations, and this was the area at which the successful candidates got together. That is why the place has more stores selling books, pens, ink and paper than elsewhere in the city. Now this area has everything from scrolls, to jade articles to decadesold cigarette ad posters. There are definitely treasures to be found here, but it is hard to tell genuine antiques from dirty fakes. Real antiques are supposed to bear a red official seal that proves their authenticity, but sometimes real ones don't have it and fake ones do. The best attitude to have is: if you like it and you can bargain down to a price you can accept, just go for it.
The following are some of the famous, and highly recommended.
Rongbaozhai Four treasures 6304746S
Guji Bookstore Antique books 63032104
How to get there:
Address: Xuanwu District (outside Hepingmen).
Take bus 7,14,66,102,105 and 603 and get off at Liulichang Station.

Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market
Panjiayuan Flea Market has been considered the China's largest secondhand market. Panjiayuan is about 48,500 square meters. It's sectioned into four main areas: Crafts, antiques, old furniture and antique calligraphies and periodicals. There are about 3,000 booths. Panjiayuan Flea Market has become one of the main destinations for domestic and international tourists during their visits to Beijing. It is only open on the weekends.
How to get there:
Address: No.18, Huaweixili, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District
Bus Lines: 36, 51, 64, 713, 802 and get off at Huaweixili or Panjiayuan Station
Tel: 67752405

Beijing Curio City
Beijing Curio City is regarded as the world's largest indoor curio market. There are totally 3 floors. On the first floor there are shops that mainly sell crafts like Beijing's cloisonne enamel and engraved antique furniture. On the second and third floors there are shops that mainly sell curios including ceramics, antique clocks and watches, articles of precious metals, antique carpets, embroideries, statues of Buddha, and the four treasures of the study. Many of the dealers are themselves connoisseurs and curio collectors.
How to get there:
Add: Nanlu 21, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Bus Lines: 28, 300, 352, 368, 378, 975,986 and get off at Huaweiqiao or Shilihe Station
Tel: 59609096

Beijing Baoguosi Cultural Market
Baoguosi Cultural Market resembles Panjiayuan Flea Market in its scale. But as a latecomer, Baoguosi has developed very fast. It has already become a good hunting place for the trade of ancient books, ancient calligraphy and paintings, ancient coins and curios. Also Dongfang International Auction Co., Ltd holds auctions and exhibitions in the back hall. The monthly auction attracts many ordinary which gives the market a greater impetus.
How to get there:
Add: No.01, Baoguosi, Guanganmenneidajie, Xuanwu Distrct
Bus Lines: 42,57,410,617,620 and get off at Guanganmen
Tel: 63173214

Beijing Hongqiao Market ( or Pearl Market )
Hongqiao Market is located to the east of Temple of Heaven. There are totally three floors. On the third floor is a curio market. Of course, its curio market is not as highly recognized as Panjiayuan's, you can find everything is available. The market has curio calligraphies, civilian secondhand goods, the four treasures of the study and crafts. The most popular goods are fresh-water pearls, necklaces and crafts.
This big market offers everything, from pocket knifes, copy watches, sports wear, bags, shoes to actual jewelry. It is a little bit chaotic, but so are many markets in China. On ground floor you can find some electronics, basic photo equipment, copy watches and other small stuff. On second floor they have shoes, women's and men's clothes, bags and some sporting goods.
How to get there:
Address: Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen District ( to the east gate of Temple of Heaven )
Tel: 67119130
Bus lines: Take bus 39, 43, 60, 116, 610 and get off at Fahuasi Station.

Liangmaqiao Antique Market
Liangmaqiao Antique Market has been open for over 10 years. The market is about 5,000 square meters. It's well located for transportation and parking. The market is specialised in collectible ceramics, jade articles, clocks and watches, cameras, calligraphies, carpets, and pieces of furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The collectibles have been got from many private collectors and civilians.
Liangmaqiao is a famous market both at home and broad.
Add: 27 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District
Tel: 64621625
Bus lines: Take bus 413, 418. 419. 710. 757. 857 get off at Anjialou Station.

Zhaojia Chaowai Traditional Furniture Market
Zhaojia Chaowai Traditional Furniture Market has totally 4 floors. There are many pieces of traditional furniture on the first floor. Also, there are many different types of traditional furniture and distinctive crafts. These works are so attractive to the senses that one might not want to leave. The market specializes in traditional furniture, which can be found primarily on the first and third floors. On the fourth floor there are many curios, ceramics, clocks and watches, and similar other items. It's another must-visit antique market during one's antique exploration in Beijing.
Add: Huaweibeili, Chaoyang District
Tel: 67706410
Bus lines: Take bus 35. 37, 300. 801,802 and get off at Jingsong Dongkou Station.

Gaobeidian Antique Furniture Street
Gaobeidian is a thousand-year-old village, the nearest historical village of Beijing and located on the extended east-line of Chang抋n Avenue, only 20 minutes ride from downtown. The village is also situated next to Tonghui River--part of the man-made canal connecting the Tongzhou to Chengwen Men downtown Beijing in the past.In the ancient time, Gaobeidian actually became a prosperous dock serving the Chinese capital. The name of Tonghui River was made by Kublai Khan who found the solution to the problem of carrying foods collected in Tongzhou to Dadu (now central Beijing) by building the Tonghui River.
The 1,500 meters long classical furniture street is located along the Tonghui River in the east part of the Gaobeidian Road. It opened in the 1990s. Now it becomes much larger in these years.
The Gaobeidian classical furniture street is a good stage for representing and trading Chinese Traditional furniture; the main type of the furniture is of Ming and Qing Dynasty. Vendors and buyers from all China, even from many parts of the world.
Add: Gaobeidian Village, Chaoyang District
Tel: 87739007
How to get there: please hire a car and take Jingtong Expressway and exit from the Gaobeidian exit, then turn right at the first traffic light and get to the destination.


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