Plan your Beijing tour? If you are not interested in shopping at high-end Beijing shopping malls, where everything seems to be overpriced at fixed prices, then why not dig into the plentiful free or flea markets where you can enjoy bargaining with the local vendors. If you are not familiar with the markets in Beijing, you may follow me to explore the top 10 Beijing markets below. I’m sure you will get what you want to memorize your Beijing trip.
Note: We have offered subway information on how to get to the following markets. You may use the Beijing subway map to guide you to get to these markets. Happy Shopping in Beijing!
Silk Street Market ( 5-storey building )
Brief introduction: The old market has been demolished. The new market is open to the public. The new building with an area of 30,000 square meters, known as the Silk Street Market, has been completed. There are 1,600 booths in the new building. According to the developer of the building, the advantages of the old market will be available in the new one, targeting the shopping groups including foreign tourists and local white-collar workers.
Location: North of Dong Chang An Avenue, Jianguimenwai Street, Chaoyang District
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm
Subway: take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Yonganli (永安里), and exit from Exit A
Public Transport: Bus No.1,9,28,37,43,120,126,403,639,640,668,728,and 729, arrival at Yonganli Station;
Beijing Yashow Market 三里屯雅秀市场
Brief introduction: Yashow is a paradise for bargain hunters in Beijing, a big draw for the tourist with some money to spend and some serious shopping to do too. It is located to the west of Sanlitun bar street in the northeast of Beijing. Yashow is surrounded by the bars, restaurants and cafes of the Sanlitun area, the hotest eating and drinking area for tourists in the city.
Location: Gongti Beilu 58, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm
Subway: take subway line 10 and get off at at the station of Tuanjiehu (团结湖), and exit from Exit D, then walk north to Gongti Beilu (Worker’s Stadium North Road) and turn left and walk to the market at Gongti Beilu 58 (No.58, Worker’s Stadium North Road).
Public Transport: Bus: 113、115、406、416、431、701、758, 110、117、120、403、823
Panjiayuan Flea Market 潘家园旧货市场
Brief introduction: Panjiayuan Flea Market, or Panjiayuan Market, or Panjiayuan Antique Market, or whatever names you use, is a must for those who like something really Chinese. From Monday to Thursday, it is open from 8:30am to 6:00pm. On weekend, it is open from 4:30am to 6:00pm. I suggest you go to Panjiayuan on weekends. Only on weekends, you will find some vendor coming from all parts of China to show their personal stuff or artifacts they collect and sell on the ground in a designatedted area in the market. They just put a piece of blanket on the floor and put what they have on it.
If you come here on other week days, you won’t see these free vendors. 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.
Location: No.18, Huaweili Road, just 100 meters east of Panjiayuan Bridge on the east third ring road.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday open from 8:30am to 6:00pm; On weekend, open from 4:30am to 6:00pm
Subway: take subway line 10 and get off at the station of Panjiayuan (潘家园）
Public Transport: Take bus 28, 300, 368, 607, 730, 810 or 907 and get off at Panjiayuan Station.
Beijing Antique City 古玩城
Brief introduction: Beijing Antique City ( former Beijing Curio City) is a brand new four-story building. It is located just to the west of Huawei Bridge on the east-south third ring road, about 300 meters south of Panjiayuan Flee Market, next to Days Hotel & Suites Beijing.
It is the largest Chinese antique trade center in Asia. Beijing antique city has a total floor space of 26400㎡. 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, the ancient rug, the copperware image of Buddha, the ancient clock and watch, the ancient ceramic antique chinaware, the Tibetan cultural relic and much more.
Location: located just to the west of Huawei Bridge on the east-south third ring road, about 300 meters south of Panjiayuan Flee Market, next to Days Hotel & Suites Beijing
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm
Public Transport: Take bus 28, 300, 3 52, 378, 7 57, 830 or 986 and get off at Shilihe Station.
Hongqiao Pearl Market 红桥市场
Brief introduction: The name of Hongqiao Pearl Market is a little bit misleading. This four-story building offers much more than just pearls. It actually provides everything from bags, shoes, clothes, silk, tea, table cloth, toys, souvenirs, to pears and jewellery. It is just located east of Temple of Heaven. Its main entrance – the west big gate faces the west to the road around the Temple of Heaven.
If you drive to the market, you are supposed to get off at its north side gate, newly opended to ease the traffic at the main entrance. The market has four stories. The first floor sells digital products, timepieces and glasses, Groceries, mobile phone parts and daily necessicities; the second floor offers clothes, shoes, cases and bags; the third floor provides pearls, jades and artifacts; the forth floor sells the high end jewellry.
Location: 36 Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen District (just opposit the east gate of Temple of Heaven)
Opening Hours: 8:30am-7pm
Subway: take Subway Line 5 and get off at the station of Tiantandongmen ( East Gate of Temple of Heaven 天坛东门). Then walk to the north you will see the market.
Take bus 39, 43, 60, 116, 610
Tianya Hongqiao Jewellery Market 天雅红桥市场
Brief introduction: On the east side of Hongqiao Pearl Market is the recently opened Tianya Hongqiao Jewellery Market, a complement to the well-known Hongqiao Pearl Market. It is a five-story builing with two underground floors selling almost the same stuff as Hongqiao Pearl Market. The newly established building is lavishly decorated.
Location: Fahuasi Jie 136, Chongwen District, Beijing
Tel: 010-8766 7127
Opening Hours: 8:30am-7pm
Take bus 39, 43, 60, 116, 610
Top # 07: Liulichang Antique Street 琉璃厂
Liulichang Antique Street 琉璃厂
Brief introduction: On both side of the street there are plenty of storefronts and vendor’s stalls selling collectibles and art supplies, including the renowned Rongbaozhai, the most prominent shop on the west section of Liulichang. It sells woodblock prints, copies of famous calligraphy, historic paintings (reproductions), and art supplies.
It is one of Beijing’s top art shops and well worth browsing. Actually Rongbaozhai is located on the west section of Liulichang Street. To get to Liulichang Xijie ( the west section of Liulichang Street) on your right side, you have to across the main street.
Location: Liulichang Street, Xuanwu District;
Opening Hours: 8:30am-7pm
Subway: take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Hepingmen （和平门), and exit from the Exit C2 (check old Beijing Walking Tour for more information.)
Bus No.s 6, 14, 15, 25, 50, 53, 57, 102 and 105.
Baoguosi Culture Market 报国寺文化市场
Brief introduction: “Baoguosi” means Baoguo Temple ( Serving the country Temple ). It was first contructed in the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) in the southern part of downtown Beijing. Baoguo Si was a Buddhist temple. During the Ming Dynasty, it was used to hold a member of the royal family.
By the early Qing dynasty, the temple had already been turned into a popular bazaar for books and flowers. So Baoguosi Temple is more like antique marketplace than a temple. But it still keeps the appearance of a temple. It has three halls. Two of the three halls as well as the buildings circling the temple wall are used either as warehouses or showrooms.
Now it has expanded to include an antique market(also known as Baoguosi Collection Market or Baoguosi Culture Market), a souvenirs and gifts market, coin markets and a stamp collection market. Traders there also sell miscellaneous items as jade, coins, Buddha statues, old books, calligraphy works, paintings and many more!
Location: 1 Guang’anmen Neidajie , Xuanwu District, Beijing
Opening Hours: 8:30am-5pm
Subway: Take subway line 4 and get off at the station of Caishikou (菜市口), exit from the exit A. Then have a long walk to the west along the Guanganmendajie (Guangan Gate Inner Street 广安门内大街), you will see the market on your right side.
Take bus 42, 57, 410, 617 or 620 and get off at Guanganmen Station
Top # 9: Zhongguancun Electronics Market Beijing 中关村电子市场
Zhongguancun Electronics Market Beijing 中关村电子市场
Brief introduction: Zhongguancun electronics shopping market provides a wide range of options for those who are interested in purchasing equipment ranging from MP3 players, mobile phones, cameras, computers and anything linked to Electronics.
The market is huge, composed of several shopping malls or shopping buildings! The most frequented areas include Dinghao electronic market 鼎好电子商城, Taipingyang digital market 太平洋数码城, Zhonghai electronic market 中海电子市场, Off-price shopping mall 上品优价百货, Zhongguancun plaza shopping mall 中关村广场购物中心 and many more.
Location: 27 Hai Dian Road,Hai Dian District, Beijing
Opening Hours: 9.00am-9.00pm
Subway: take subway line 10 or 4 and get off at the station of Haidian Huangzhuang (海淀黄庄), exit from Exit C1 or C2.
Bus: 26, 47, 302, 332, 320, 323, 732, 801, 862, 982, 983, Yuntong 105, Yuntong 106
Top # 10: Zoo Market 动物园服装批发市场
Brief introduction: This is a huge wholesale market group which is composed of seven markets. Beijing Zoo Market is mainly composed of 7 sub-markets: 1) 金开利德 (Jinkaili) 2) 天乐宫 (Tianlegong) 3) 天皓城 (Tianhaocheng) 4) 东鼎 (Dongding) 5) 聚龙 (Julong) 6) 世纪天乐 (Shijitianle) 7) 众合 (Hezhong)
And the most popular ones are Julong, Tianlegong and Shiji Tianle. Buy them here for half-price but be geared up for bargaining hard or buy in volume.
Everything is so cheap and so plentiful here!! Anywhere from 10-50 RMB for shirts, tops, jeans, pants, skirts, everything. Jewelry for about 10-15RMB. In some places they can be more expensive, but about 90% are the cheap prices listed above. Weekday mornings are the best time to come and be prepared to spend a few hours walking around. There are also various places to eat in the area: KFC and McDonalds, Yonghe Soy Milk, Pizza Hut, Yoshinoya, Dairy Queen, A&W, Mexican Restaurant …
Location: Around Beijing Zoo, Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng District
Opening Hours: 9am-5pm
Subway: Take Subway Line 4, get off at Beijing Zoo Station ( 动物园）and exit from Exit D
Public Transport: Bus No.s 7, 27, 103, 105 and 111.206, 209, 319, 334, 347, 360, 362, 534, 601, 632, 634, 697, 714, 808, 814, 特4, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105, Yuntong 106 or Yuntong 205 and get off at Beijing Zoo Station.
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