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Top 10 Beijing Shopping Malls

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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Plan your Beijing tour? For many, Beijing is a shopping paradise. For your convenience, We’d like to select for you the top 10 shopping malls in Beijing and guarantee that you will not leave empty-handed.

If you are not interested in shopping at high-end Beijing shopping malls, where everything seems to be overpriced at fixed prices, you may explore the top 10 markets in Beijing.

Note: We have offered subway information on how to get to the following shopping malls. You may use the Beijing subway map to guide you to get to these malls. Happy Shopping in Beijing!

Top # 01:The Malls at Oriental Plaza 东方新天地
The Malls occupies a total area of 130,000 sq. m. and is an integral part of Oriental Plaza – one of the largest commercial complexes in Asia. Situated in the heart of Beijing, the complex is located between Gold Street (Wangfujing Street) and Silver Street (North Dongdan Street).

The Malls at Oriental Plaza

The Malls is a popular shopping destination for both local residents and visitors alike.Add: No.1 East Chang An Avenue, strategically located along Wangfujing Street, Beijing
Tel: 85188888-2272
Web: www.orientalplaza.com/eng/
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

Subway: take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Wangfujing (王府井), exit from the Exit A

Top # 02: Beijing Yintai Center 北京银泰中心
Beijing Yintai has a total construction area of about 350,000 square meters. Its complex is composed ofthree main buildings – Park Hyatt Beijing, Park Hyatt Penthouses and Park Hyatt Residences. Its architect is John Portman & Associates. Located right in the center of the CBD, it’s sure to be huge hit among working professionals.

At the base, a large podium connects the three towers, providing lobbies, meeting facilities, shops, and restaurants. With Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, more than 50 international brands such as Cartier contract settled, as well as a number of top brands of China’s flagship stores.

Add: 2 Jianguomenwaidajie, Chaoyang District,Beijing China
Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:30pm
Tel: 010-85172828, 85172929
Web: http://www.yintai-centre.com/beijing/CN/index.php

Subway: take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Guomao (国贸), exit from Exit D

 

Beijing Yintai Center

Beijing Yintai Center

Top # 03: Solana – Beijing Lifestyle Shopping Mall 蓝色港湾
Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park is like a small town coming from the European by air. It is a perfect blend between commercial civilization and the natural landscape and is full of innovation and surprises.

As a water shortage city of Beijing, SOLANA has a superior hydrophilic environment on its three sides, the south and east are teeming with the water from Chaoyang Park, and the north from Landmark Lake.

If not in person, you are hard to believe that there is such a beautiful environment in the city center! Solana houses more than 1,000 international brands, with dozens of retail shops, restaurants as well as a lively bar and clubs.

Solana – Beijing Lifestyle Shopping Mall

Add: 6 Chaoyang Park Road
Tel: 010 5905-6565
Opening Hours:

Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm

Web: www.solana.com.cn

Subway: Take subway line 10 and get off at the station of Liangmahe (亮马河), exit from Exit B, then have a long walk to the east along Liangma Qiao Road (亮马桥路), till the second traffic light, then turn south, down to the northwest corner of Chaoyang Park where Solana is located.

Top # 04: The Place 世贸天阶
The Place is mainly composed of the huge screen in the middle and two luxury buildings on its both sides. People walk around under the screen enjoying the space art, high technique, lighting. The Place is alao a place for luxury shopping and gourmet experience.

There are several open-air bars for you to relax. The Place is a blend of shopping mall, office building, Space Art and Fashion. The Place is designed by Jeremy Railton. He is also the designer for the world largest electric screen in Las Vegas. Two four-story malls house Tourneau, China’s largest watch boutique, D&G, Ferrari and English-language bookstore Chaterhouse.

The Place at night

Add: 9 Guanghua Lu, Beijing
Tel: 010 6587-1188
Web: www.theplace.cn

Subway: Take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Yonganli (永安里), exit from the exit B, then walk to the north along Dongdaqiao Road (东大桥路). After the first crossroad, you will see the Place on your right hand.

Top # 05: Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Mall 金源时代购物中心
The mall has a nickname of “Great Mall of China”, mainly due to its total area of 6 million square feet with six floors, 1.5 times the size of the Mall of America.

The mall has 230 escalators, over 1,000 shops, restaurant space the size of two football fields, and a skating rink…. This mall is designed to create a stable, happy, middle-income consumer class.

Add: 1 Yuanda Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 010-88872987
Opening hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Subway: take subway line 10, get off at the station of Changchun Qiao (长春桥) ,then walk to the west along Changchun Qiao Road (长春桥路)and Yuanda Road (远大路), you will see the mall on your right hand.


Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Mall

Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Mall

Top # 06: Capital Land Mall(Xizhimen) 凯德MALL(西直门店)
Located to the Northwest of Xizhimen Bridge on the north-west corner of the second ring road. It consists of three Grade-A office towers and a mega-shopping mall covering over 260,000 sqm.

It is the largest single complex building in the wetern part of Beijing at the present. The complex is close to No.02 Subway, No.04 Subway and No.13 Light Raiway. There are about 40 public buses passing by. It has a commanding the landscape, regarded as the first “Total Sunhine office Building”.

It has large-scale supermarkets, international brand shops, beauty and fitness, recreational, kindergartens, the foreign fast food, food court and food and drink, and more stars KTV…

Add: No.1, Xizhimenwai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100044,
Tel: 86 10 5830 1008 Fax: 86 10 5830 1599
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Subway:  take subway line 2 or line 4, get off at the station of Dongzhimen (东直门), exit from the Exit A 2

Jiamao Shopping Mall

Jiamao Shopping Mall

Top # 07: The Gate City Mall 新中关购物中心
The Gate City Mall is one of the leading fashion shopping centers in Zhongguancun area. The Gate City Mall is easily accessible by subway as it’s directly linked to Line 10’s Haidian Huangzhuang station.

Besides popular fashion brands like IZZUE, b+ab, CK Jeans, Miss Sixty, FCUK and G-STAR, this shopping mall also provides a wide variety of tasty food from different cuisines and movies at the Jinyi International Cinema.

Add: 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel:8248-6688
Web: www.thegate.cn

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
Subway: take subway line 10 or 4 and get off at the station of Haidian Huangzhuang (海淀黄庄), exit from Exit D, then walk to the north along the Zhongguancun Avenue (中关村大街), you will see the mall on your left hand.

The Gate City Mall

The Gate City Mall

 Top # 08: Sanlitun Village 三里屯Village

This eye catching innovative building is compoased of two parts – the south and north. The Village South houses the popular fashion brands such as Uniqlo, Steve Madden, Esprit, Mango, the Apple Store and Adidas’flagship store, also including 30 restaurants and a multi-plex cinema.

The more high-end Village North boasts a number of upscale labels and local designer boutiques, covering Emporio Armani, Montblanc, Diesel, Shanghai Trio and more.

Add: Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Road, Sanlitun

Tel: 6417-6110(The Village Sorth), 6417-7110(The Village North)
Web: www.sanlitunvillage.com/eng/Pages/index.aspx

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm

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 (Worker’s Stadium North Road). You will see the Sanlitun Village on your right hand.

Top # 09 Xidan Joy City 大悦城

It is the biggest shopping mall in Xidan. Xidan Joy City has 13-story complex equipped with the world’s longest escalator. It also has the largest digital cinema in China and the largest cosmetic shop in Beijing. Find Zara here as well as FAB, Uniqlo, Next, Motivi and Honeys.

Add: 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
Subway: take subway Line 1, get off at the station of Xidan (西单), exit from the exit F1

Xidan Joy City

Xidan Joy City

Top # 10: Beijing SKP ( 北京SKP)
If you are a high-roller with over numerous international brands. They also boast the largest Gucci flagship store in Asia. There are also some good restaurants in the mall.

You will see the higher-end as well as a number of mid-range labels that carry the basics, seeing the season’s latest first hand (Marni, Anna Sui…). There is a good florist in the basement near the bread shops.

Add: No.27, Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025
Tel: +86 10 6530 5888
Web: www.shinkong-place.com/web-en/index.html
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Subway: Take subway Line 1, get off at the station of Dawanglu (大望路), exit from Exit A

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Beijing Markets

Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs
Top 10 Beijing Handicrafts
Top 10 Beijing Shopping Malls favored by China Film Stars
 Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic SitesTop 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Beijing Markets

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors who would like to go shopping at the markets in Beijing.

If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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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!

reminde11rBeijing’s overall urban blueprint has been in the process of adjusting, upgrading and standardizing.  Many busy and noisy lively markets  have been removed from the urban central areas and resettled in the relatively remote outskirts of Beijing.

Some lucky ones have been gentrified and placed indoors like Silk Market (now actually a huge 5-story mansion). Some of the vendors have been evacuating from the markets and settled elsewhere. The golden “flea market” time in Beijing has been fading, gradually diluted by gentrification and disneyfication.

Normally all the markets are open all year round except Chinese Spring Festival. Most of the markets will be closed for 5 days during China Spring Festival.

By the way, most of the department stores and shopping malls are still open during the biggest holiday in China. Most of the listed markets are mainly composed of private vendors who need to go home for family reunion for the big holiday.

Top # 01: Silk Street Market 秀水街市场
Brief introduction: The old market has been demolished. The new market is a five-storey building with an area of 30,000 square meters, known as the Silk Street Market.

There are 1,600 booths in the 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.

Silk Street Market

Silk Street Market

Location: 8 Xiushui East Street, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang, Beijing北京市朝阳区建外大街秀水东街8号
Tel::(010) 51699003,  56767766,  56767768
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

Top # 02: 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 designated area in the market.

Panjiayuan Flea Market

Panjiayuan Flea 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 more.

Location: No.18, Huaweili Road, just 100 meters west of Panjiayuan Bridge on the southeast third ring road.
地址:北京市朝阳区潘家园桥华威里18号
Tel: 5120-4671

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.

Top # 03: Beijing Antique City 古玩城
Brief introduction: Beijing Antique City ( former Beijing Curio City) is a four-story building. It is located just to the west of Huawei Bridge on the southeast third ring road, about 300 meters south of Panjiayuan Flee Market.

It is the largest Chinese antique trade center in Asia.

Beijing Antique City

Beijing Antique City

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.

It also offers the ancient rug, the copper ware 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.
地址:北京市朝阳区东三环南路华威桥古玩城
Tel: 5960-9999

Opening Hours: 10am-7pm
Subway: take subway line 10 and get off at the station of Panjiayuan (潘家园). Beijing Antique City is located to the south of Panjiayuan Flea Market.
Public Transport: Take bus 28, 300, 3 52, 378, 7 57, 830 or 986 and get off at Shilihe Station.

Top # 04: 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 opened to ease the traffic at the main entrance.

Beijing Hongqiao Market

Beijing Hongqiao Market

The market has four stories. The first floor sells digital products, timepieces and glasses, Groceries, mobile phone parts and daily necessities; the second floor offers clothes, shoes, cases and bags; the third floor provides pearls, jades and artifacts; the forth floor sells the high-end jewellery.

Location: 9Tiantan Donglu, Dongcheng District (just opposite the east gate of Temple of Heaven)
地址:东城区天坛东路9号
Tel: 6711-8984

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

Tip # 05: 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 Jewllery Market, a complement to the well-known Hongqiao Pearl Market.

It is a five-story building with two underground floors selling almost the same stuff as Hongqiao Pearl Market. The newly established building is lavishly decorated.

Tianya Hongqiao Jewellery Market

Tianya Hongqiao Jewellery Market

Location: Fahuasi Jie 136, 东城区 District, BeijingTel: 010-8766 7125
地址:东城区法华寺136号红桥市场东侧
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).Tianya Hongqiao Jewellery Market is located just to the west of Hongqiao Pearl Market.Take bus 39, 43, 60, 116, 610

Top # 06: 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.

Liulichang Antique Street

Liulichang Antique Street

Location: Liulichang Street, Xicheng District;
地址:西城区琉璃厂
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.

Top # 07: Shilihe House Decoration and Building Materials City
十里河家居建材城

The so-called city is an over-3-kilometer-long street lined with numerous buildings specialized in all kinds of materials for building and decorating a house: lighting, plumbing, furniture, building materials and so on.

Shilihe House Building Materials City

Location: 100 meters east of Shilihe Bridge, East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区东三环十里河桥东100米
Take subway line 10 and get off at the station of Shilihe ( 十里河)and exit at the east. Then walk along Dayangfang Road (大羊坊路), then you will see the buildings for all the stuff you will need.

Top # 08: Baoguosi Culture Market 报国寺文化市场
Its open-air market is closed. But it still keeps some of its delicate indoor markets. So you still can see some quiet and lively antique trade business going on inside the market ( indoor ).

Brief introduction: “Baoguosi” means Baoguo Temple ( Serving the country Temple ). It was first constructed 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.

Top # 09: Dahongmen Clothing Wholesale Market 大红门服装批发市场
( Closed) Important Notice: The vendors have evacuated from the market and settled elsewhere. No More!

This huge market, oft-lauded as the largest clothing market north of Yangtze River in China.

It is located on Beijing’s south axis road starting from Muxiyuan (木樨园) on the south third ring road in the north to the northern bank of Liangshui River (凉水河北岸) , about 7  km south of Tiananmen Square.

The market is composed of 24 comprehensive markets covering clothing, shoes, hats as well as food, antiques and paintings jewelry, cultural and creative products. The most well-known markets include Dahongmen Clothing City (大红门服装城) and Dahongmen Shoes City  (大红门鞋城).

Dahongmen Clothing City

Dahongmen Clothing City

Address: 15 Yongnan Road (south of Dahongmen Birdge ), Fengtai District
Chinese Add: 北京市丰台区永南路15号(大红门桥南)
Contact: 67226658

Business Hours:
Dahongmen Early Morning Market (大红门早市):4:30 am – 10:00 am
Dahongmen Clothing Wholesale Market (大红门服装批发市场) : 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Tianya Clothing Plaza (天雅服装大厦) : 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Jingwen Clothing Market (京温服装市场):9:00 am – 5:00pm
Dahongmen Shoes City (大红门鞋城):7:00 am – 4:00pm

Top # 10: Beijing Tianyi Small Commodities Wholesale Market 北京天意小商品批发市场  (permanently closed and removed)
Beijing Tianyi Market has over 2000 suppliers from all over China with over 60,000 small products.

The market has a business area of 11000 square meters with 20 business halls and 1550 booths.

Beijing Tianyi Small Commodities Wholesale Market

Beijing Tianyi Small Commodities Wholesale Market

The market can almost meet your need for  some cheap accessories. It is better to buy large quantities, let’ s say 10 pieces and it is easy to bargain in bulk-buy. The market sells everything such as hairstyles, electronics, souvenirs, toys,  Jewels, door keys, bags, tissues, clothes, cuddly toys, cosmetics, plants, shoes, phone accessories, office supplies,  bookshops, school supplies and many more!!

Business Hour: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Add: No. 259, Fuchengmen Outer Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China, 100037
中国北京市西城区阜成门外大街259号 邮政编码: 100037
Subway line 2: Take subway line 2 and get off at the station of “Fuchengmen station”(阜成门), exit from Exit A, then walk westward along Fuchengmen Outer Street (阜成门外大街) for about 1.2 km, coming across 2 traffic lights,  you will see  the market on your right side ( No.259).

Zoo Market 动物园服装批发市场 ( Closed)
Important Notice: The vendors have evacuated from the market and settled elsewhere. No More!

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.

Zoo Market

Zoo Market

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
Tel: 010-68312001

Opening Hours: 5:00am – 3:00pm
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.

06611Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop line.

Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
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Plan your Beijing tour? Back home after traveling abroad, people are transformed mentally. And most people would like to buy some local souvenirs as a physical reminder of their dream travel.

So what should people buy in Beijing and bring home as gifts or souvenirs? This question is quite controversial because different people have different choices of buying things as souvenirs.But one thing is all agreed that it is advisable to purchase local specialities or things typical of Beijing.I have summed up below  the top 10 souvenirs typical of Beijing.  Hopefully this top 10 list will help you find your favorite  souvenirs from Beijing.

1. Cloisonne Things (景泰蓝)
Cloisonne is a unique art form that originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368). Cloisonne(enamel formed in patterns of copper wire) is an art form developed in the 15th century.

Now this traditional handicraft unique to Beijing features a colorful range of varieties shaped in various models including  furnace, tripod, and quadripod, ash-tray, stationary and lantern. Among them, the blue glazed ones with golden colour are most colorful.

Where to buy:

Silk Market, Yaxiu Market, Beijing Art and Crafts Store at Wangfujing Street

 Cloisonne Things

Cloisonne Things

2. Jasmine Tea (茉莉花茶)
Jasmine tea, a kind of scented tea is a tea variety typical of China. It originated in the Song Dynasty, grew in the Ming Dynasty, and became popular in the Qing Dynasty.The high-quality jasmine tea is made from green tea and scented with fresh jasmine flowers. It is one of  best flower tea varieties. For buying jasmine tea, go go Zhang Yiyuan. It has many branches with its headquarter at Dashilan 22, Qianmen, Xuanwu District.

 Jasmine Tea

Jasmine Tea

3. Shengxifu Hat (老字号盛锡福)
Sheng Xifu is  a time-honored hat store. It was founded 1911.  The caps made by “Sheng Xifu” are handmade and famous for their selection of materials and craftsmanship.

Many former Chinese leaders such as Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoq, .Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi and Jiang Zemin,and foreign leaders such as Jin Richeng (Chairman of North Korean), Su Jiaonuo(president of Indonesia), and Sihanoc(infante of Kampuchea ) have once ordered their hats in Sheng Xifu

Where to buy:

Dashilan 34, Qianmen, Xuanwu District

Shengxifu Hat

Shengxifu Hat


4. Neiliansheng Cloth Shoes (老字号内联升)
Founded during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) by Zhao Ting, the cloth shoe shop has an auspicious name “neiliansheng” which literally means “unstopped promotions in official ranks” in Chinese.

After the founding of new China, many Chinese leaders including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping also wore the cloth shoes of Neiliansheng.

Neiliansheng’s fame can be ascribed to its high quality products. Making a multi-layer sole takes seven steps. Stitched by thin linen threads, the soles are made of 100 per cent white cotton.

Where to buy:

Dashilan 34, Qianmen, Xuanwu District

Neiliansheng Cloth Shoes

Neiliansheng Cloth Shoes


5. Ruifuxiang Traditional Chinese Gown(北京瑞蚨祥)
The Ruifuxiang is a time-honored silk store. In 1863, the Mengs opened Ruifuxiang Silk Store in Beijing. The name Ruifuxiang alludes to the “Qingfu”, a legendary insect that could bring wealth.

The first national flag of People’s Republic of China raised in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on 1 October 1949 was made by Ruifuxiang silk. Ruifuxiang produces complete set of silk products, including high-class silk and satins as well as coarse cloth. Among them, Ruifuxiang Men Traditional Chinese Gowns are world famous.

Where to buy:

Wangfujing Street 190, Dongcheng District

Ruifuxiang Traditional Chinese Gown

Ruifuxiang Traditional Chinese Gown


6. Zhongguo Jie (Chinese knots) (中国结)

The Zhongguo Jie literally means Chinese knots. It is a kind of art knotting. It is given as a sign for wishing people health and happiness year by year.Chinese knotting is a decorative handicraft arts that originated as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China.It was popular in the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368-1911 AD). The art is also regarded as Chinese traditional decorative knots.

Where to buy:

Silk Market, Yaxiu Market, Hongqiao Market

Zhongguo Jie (Chinese knots)

Zhongguo Jie (Chinese knots)


7. Beijing Lord Rabbit Figurines
Lord Rabbit figurine is regarded as a typical symbol of Beijing local culture. It is a unique artwork that depicts a cute rabbit in a powerful pose.

It was once used for worship on the Mid-Autumn Day. It has become a children’s toy with a type of decoration. In the local shops of Beijing, they are one of the most popular products.

It is said that Lord Rabbit first emerged in the late Ming dynasty. Beijingers from that period had a tradition of making clay rabbits for worship.

Where to buy:

Nan Luo Gu Xiang 80, Dong Cheng District

8. Old Beijing Paper Cut
Paper cut is the picture cut out on a paper with scissors. The art of paper-cut may be traced back to a period as early as the ancient Southern and Northern Dynasties (420 AD – 589 AD).

The patterns are often designed from events in the jubilant festivals, bumper harvest of the folk opera, children or animals and others. They are very beautiful and interesting, and are widely popular among Chinese people.

Where to buy:

Nan Luo Gu Xiang 110, Dongcheng District

Beijing Paper Cut

Beijing Paper Cut


9. Peking Opera Masks
The art of facial makeups in Beijing Opera boasts a long history. Masks are used by performers when they act or dance. In Beijing Opera, the most representative of Chinese operas, facial makeups are limited only to the roles of “jing” and “chou”.

A chou is featured by his white-painted nose which produces a comic effect and there are relatively few facial makeup patterns for a chou role. There are a large number of facial makeup patterns for jing in Beijing Opera, namely, “whole face”, “three-tile face”, “quartered face”, “six-division face”, “tiny-flowered face” , “lopsided face” , etc.

Where to buy:

Silk Market, Yaxiu Market, Hongqiao Market

Peking Opera Masks

Peking Opera Masks


10. Er guo tou (Chinese Firewater)

Er guo tou is also called “Chinese white liquor” or “Chinese vodka”). It is a type of baijiu (distilled liquor) made from sorghum, which is 56% alcohol by volume.

Er guo tou is often inexpensive, and very much popular among blue-collar workers in Beijing. It is probably the most commonly drunk baijiu in Beijing, and is typical of Beijing.

 Er guo tou (Chinese Firewater)

Er guo tou (Chinese Firewater)

Add on:
Top 10 Beijing Markets
Top 10 Beijing Shopping Malls
Top 10 Beijing Handcrafts

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Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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