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Beijing Baigongfang

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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“Baigongfang or Bai Gong Fang” literally means “100 Handicraftsmen Workshop”. It was set up by Beijing Municipal and Chongwen District (now merged into Dongcheng District), and opened to the public in 2003 aimed at preserving and developing Chinese traditional handicrafts.

 “Baigong, or Bai Gong” originated from the book named “Kaogongji”, an official record of the State of Qi during the Spring and Autumn Period ( 722-481 BC ) and the Warring States Period (403-221 BC).

“Baigong”literally means “one hundred craftsmen”, a general expression for all the craftmen who made imperial arts and crafts for emperors and noblemen in ancient times. “Fang” means “workshop” in Chinese.

“Baigongfang” (One Hundred Craftsmen Workshop) is such named in order to show that it is the place where masters of numerous handicrafts meet and research for inheriting the ancient arts and crafts.

Baigongfang (100 handicraftsmen Workshop) is composed of 30 studios including Cloisonne Studio, Carved Lacquer Studio, Inside-Bottle Painting Studio, Pearl Studio and Clay Studio etc. It is now a place both for making palace arts and crafts, but also producing common handicrafts popular in ordinary life.

In these handicraftsmen studios, you are able to experience the most famous “Eight Unique Skills of Yanjing (Today’s Beijing)”, the palace handicrafts including Engraved Lacquer, Ivory Carving, Cloisonne, Jade Sculpture, inlaid filigree, inlaid gold lacuqer, palace hand made carpets and palace embroidery. Besides, there are major studios making the ordinary Chinese including paper-cutting, glassware, dough figurine, clay figurine and more.

On the third floor there is a DIY classroom, 120 square meters, 40 double desks and 80 chairs. The classroom is brightly lit,air-conditioned, equipped with a wide range of audio visual equipment including projector Screens.

On the four walls of the classroom are hung up with the photos of the visitors practicing to make handicrafts and the over-100 masters of handicrafts at work, making it an ideal place to be immersed in Chinese traditional handicrafts.

In the classroom, you are taught by the masters how to make paper-cut, learn to write Chinese brush writing, make paper flowers, make clay figurines, paint facial masks, make dough figurines, Chinese knots and more.

Beijing Baigongfang is a living museum of the Chinese traditional handicrafts. On your short Beijing tour, just spare some and come here to see and feel the China traditional culture flowing under this fast developing and restless world.

Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 everyday
Add: Yi12, Guangming Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing (北京市东城区光明路乙12号)
( 1km to the east of the east gate of Temple of Heaven)
Tel: 010 67111381, 67112480
Telfax: 010 67140179

Attend a DIY class for learning the ABC of Chinese traditional handicrafts . Make an inlaid snuff

Making an inlaid snuff

Having a on-site lesson on arts and handicrafts

Having a on-site lesson on arts and handicrafts

Further Readings


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

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

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

 

Any questions, just drop a line.

Carrefour Beijing, Beijing Carrefour Locations

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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Want to do some shopping in Beijing during your Beijing tour?  Carrefour is highly recommended. The French hypermarket offers a wide choice of wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods, daily necessities and much more. Shopping in Carrefour keeps you from your worries about fake or poor quality products.

The first carrefour supermarket was set up in Beijing in 1995. Now there are over 10 carrefour hypermarkets in Beijing. Some of Carrefour branches offer free delivery with certain distance for purchases over certain amount of money. But the crowds are thick for most of Carrefour branches in Beijing.

Ask your hotel people, or your taxi driver to locate a nearest carrefour in Beijing. Below are the addresses ( English and Chinese ) of the carrefour markets in Beijing for your reference.  If necessary, you can ask the taxi driver to take you to the nearest Carrefour. In Chinese, it’s called Jia Le Fu 家乐福.

Carrefour Hotline in China:  4008-512-512

Carrefour Chuang Yi Jia Store, 家乐福(北京创益佳店)
6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览中心正门旁),
just by the side of the main entrance to China International Exhibition Center.
Daily 8.30am-10.30pm
(010) 8460 1061

Carrefour Guangqumen (家乐福广渠门店)
Floor 3 Fuguiyuan shopping mall, Zone 3 Donghuashi Nanli, Dongcheng District, Beijing
(010)6712 3750
北京市东城区东花市南里三区,富贵园购物中心3层
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Guangqumen (家乐福双井店)
No.31 Guangqu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (010)51909500
双井店 北京市朝阳区广渠路31号
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Maliandao ( 家乐福连道店)
No. 11, Maliandao Street, Xicheng district,Beijing
北京市宣武区马连道11号
Tel: (010) 6332 2155-92
O
pening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Fangzhuang (家乐福方庄店)
No.15,Community no.2, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel:(010)67609911
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00
北京市丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号

Carrefour Fangyuan (家乐福方圆店 )
Fangyuan Building, A56 Zhongguancun South Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: (010) 5296 3511
北京市中关村南大街甲56号方圆大厦
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Wangjing(家乐福望京店)
北京市朝阳区广顺北大街16号
No.16, Guangshun North Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: (010) 5912 4033
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Tiantongyuan (家乐福天通苑店)
N0.186 Litang Road, Changping District, Beijing (010)8481 2903
北京昌平区立汤路186
Tel: (010) 8481 2903
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Tongzhou (家乐福通州店)
No.48 Jiu Keshu East Road, Tong Zhou District, Beijing
Tel:(010) 5167 8911
北京通州区九棵树西路48号
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Liangxiang (家乐福良乡店)
Jinhua Commerce Plaza, Fangshang District Beijing
北京市房山区拱辰街道办事处二街村金花商业大厦地上2.3层
Tel: 5291 0002
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Dinghui Qiao (家乐福定慧桥店)
1 Basement Dinghuijiayuan, Haidian District, Beijing
北京市海淀区定慧北桥东南角定慧家园3号楼地下一层
Tel: (010) 5296 3510
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Dazhongsi (家乐福大钟寺店)
2 Basement zhongshen Plaza, Dazhongsi, Haidian District, Beijing
北京海淀区北三环西路大钟寺中坤广场地下二层
Tel: (010) 5296 3208
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Majiabao (家乐福马家堡店)
16 Xilu, Nansanhuan, Fengtai District Beijing
北京丰台区南三环西路十六号
Tel: (010) 8757 0808
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Yaojiayuan (家乐福姚家园店)
Jia 1, Yaojiayuan Road, Chaoyang District Beijing
北京市朝阳区姚家园路甲一号
Tel: (010) 5119 3584
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Jianxiang Qiao 家乐福(健翔桥店)
Jianxiang F2-3, Changyao District, Beijing
北京市朝阳区祁家豁子8号健翔大厦2-3层
Tel: (010) 5293 5256
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Ciyunsi (家乐福慈云寺店)
B1 of Huaye International Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing
北京市朝阳区东四环中路39号华业国际中心底商一层
Tel: (010) 5100 5757
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Shijingshan (家乐福石景山鲁谷店)
B1, Building 4. Y18 Shijingshan Road, shijingshan District, Beijing
北京市石景山区石景山路乙18号4号楼地下一层
Tel: (010) 5299 0073
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Zhongguanzchun (中关村广场店)
Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District, Beijing (010)51721516
北京市海淀区中关村广场
Tel: (010) 5172 1598
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00
Photos below taken from Carrefour Guangqumen:

The entrance to Guangqumen Carrefour in Beijing

The entrance to Guangqumen Carrefour in Beijing

Take an escalator up the third floor of Carrefour Guangqumen

Take an escalator up the third floor of Carrefour Guangqumen

The shop is packed with passengers due to the Chinese new year purchases.

The shop is packed with passengers due to the Chinese new year purchases.

People born in the year of dragon are selecting red socks, red shorts and more red thing to bring luck during the dragon year.

People born in the year of dragon are selecting red socks…

vegetables on display

vegetables on display

Fruits on display

Fruits on display

Chinese desserts

Chinese dessert

Bread

Bread

Hams, milk, sausage yogurt…

Hams, milk, sausage yogurt…

More dried beef, port and more

More dried beef, port and more

Take an escalator down to the first floor to pay the bill

Take an escalator down to the first floor to pay the bill


Pay for what you buy

Pay for what you buy

Further Readings


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

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

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

 

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Beijing Shopping Malls

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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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: 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.