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Carrefour Beijing, Beijing Carrefour Locations

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
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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 selection 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
8460 1043

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.

Qianmen Area Beijing

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
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Plan your Beijing trip? Beijing Qianmen Area is a nostalgic place to visit, which immerses you in the long history of Beijing in its Ming and Qing dynasties (about 500 years). Qianmen area has been under the protection of Dongcheng District Government aimed at 100% keeping and restoring its culture and history, a kind of rebirth of Old Beijing. You couldn’t miss it if you want to learn more about Beijing’s past.
Situated in the south of Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Area mainly comprises Qianmen Street, Dashilan Street, Xianyukou Street, Taiwan Street, Guanyinsi Street and many more. On Jan 21, two days before Chinese lunar new year, I took a fast stroll around Qianmen area to experience the festive atmosphere in Beijing’s most nostalgic place.
Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street is 845 meters long, running south from Tiananmen Square, just along the Beijing central axis. It has been transformed into a pedestrian street, the second walking street after Wangfujiang Street in the downtown shopping ditrict Beijing. Qianmen Area reproduces old Beijing’s look and feel.

Qianmen Street was initially formed in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). By the time of Emperor Jiajing, the 12th Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperor, the street was dotted with guild halls built by different localities, to provide housing to citizens intending to take the imperial exams.

The Ming and Qing Dynasties’sQianmen Street was burnt down to ashes in 1900 when the Allied Forces of the Eight Powers ransacked Beijing. Physically, there is nothing left for us to retrieve. The present Qianmen Street has been rebuilt on the historical photos and the mould of the 1920s to 1930s. 
Qianmen Walking Street’s north entrance starts with this decorated archway south of Zhengyang Tower south of Tiananmen Square.

 

Qianmen Walking Street’s north entrance starts with this decorated archway

 

By the decorated archway is a starbucks with old design

 

By the decorated archway is a starbucks with old design

 

The rebuilt Qiananmen Street reproduces the look and layout of old Beijing, lined by famous Beijing time honored shops and restaurants as well as international brands.

 

On both sides of Dashilan Street are teemd with famous Beijing time honored stores and restaurants

 

Bird cage lights are old symbols of Beijing.

 

Bird cage lights are old symbols of Beijing.

 

Xianyukou Street
Xianyukou Street literally means “fresh fish mouth”, an old street with a history of 572 years. Xianyukou is linked to Qianmen shopping street running from west to east, opposite Dashilan and houses many of Beijing’s time honored shops and restaurants.
Xianyukou Street’s west archway entrance connecting Qianmen Street.

 

Xianyukou Street’s west archway entrance connecting Qianmen Street.

 

Wandering along the street, paved with bricks instead of asphalt, people can have a bite in the variety of local restaurants and unique shops. People also have a taste of history from the plaques reminding you of the history of various buildings in the area.

 

The fish style streetlights take you to the past of Xianyukou Street.

 

The fish style streetlights take you to the past of Xianyukou Street.

 

Taiwan Street (Imagine Taiwan)
Located on Dajiang Hutong, Taiwan Street or Imagine Taiwan is actually a Taiwan culture and business district in Qianmen area set up by the Taiwan government. Its presence will further enhance the culture and economic exchange and understanding between China mainland and Taiwan.
The Taiwan Street is linked to Xianyukou Street on the north and Qianmen Walking Street on the west. The most atttraction is Taiwan Guild Hall in Qianmen with a history of over 110 years.

 

Taiwan Guild Hall in Qianmen

 

Museum of Deng Lijun’s (Teresa Deng’s Chinese name) Life and Music where her videos and songs play on a loop.

 

Museum of Deng Lijun’s (Teresa Deng’s Chinese name)

 

A giant cement tree, a replica of a “famous” tree from the Alishan mountains in Taiwan and Alishan old train car.

 

Alishan mountains in Taiwan

 

Taiwan Food Street, a food court in the basement

Taiwan Food Street, a food court in the basement

Dashilan Street
Dashilan Street is located from east to west linked to Qianmen Street and opposite to Xianyukou Street, also a walking street. Dashilan is an old commercial street, first built in Yuan Dynasty and further deveopled in Ming and Qing dynasties. Dashiland literally means the street wooden fences which were used to protect the street on both of two ends, hence the name.
Its east entrance to Dashilan Street

Its east entrance to Dashilan Street

On both sides of Dashilan Street are teemd with famous Beijing time honored stores and restaurants.

 

On both sides of Dashilan Street are teemd with famous Beijing time honored stores and restaurants

 

Ths street managment staff were putting up the banner to welcome the dragon new year 2012.

 

Ths street managment staff were putting up the banner to welcome the dragon new year 2012

 

Guanyinsi Street
Guanyinsi Street is also known as Dashilan West Street, since it is situated to the west of Dashilan  Street, running east to west. If you walk from Dashilan Street from east to west, then you continue to walk to Guanyinsi Street. From Guanyisi Street, you walk to the west and soon you will join in Nan Xinhua Street and Liulichang Street, which is often regarded as one of best walking trails in Beijing.
Its east entrance to Guanyinsi Street

 

Guanyinsi Street

 

Walking on Guanyinsi Street, bringing you back to Beijing’s past.

 

Walking on Guanyinsi Street, bringing you back to Beijing’s past.

 

Vegetable prices in Beijing

Monday, January 16th, 2012
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Plan your Beijing tours? You may enquire about the present vegetable prices if you are interested in the price comparison of vegetables between Beijing and your resident country. The vegetable prices in Beijing like anywhere else fluctuate with the market demand and the weather concerned.
 
With the Chinese new year 2012 approaching, traditional retail commnity markets or grocerries are swarmed with shoppers eager to buy vegetables, fruits and daily necessities, forcing them to queue up for the highly priced vegetables.
 
Every year no matter whatever the cuases for the soaring vegetable prices, local governments would double their efforts to curb price hikes. But very often they would be in a dilemma – Low vegetable prices hurt farmers, but high vegetable prices hurt shoppers. It is not easy to find a point for the balanced prices. Each market has its winners and losers.
 
This morning I buy some vegetables at our local community vegetable market named “Lejia Vegetable Market”. The indoor market has been festively decorated with red lanterns and dragons, symbolic of the coming new year of Dragon. I have collected the following prices for the major vegetables Jan 16, 2012:
 
Tomatos: RMB6.2 for one kg
Cucumber: RMB4.8 for one kg
Celery: RMB1.2 for one kg
Spinach: RMB4.7 for one kg
Broccoli: RMB5.1 for one kg 
Lettuce: RMB5.9 for one kg
Eggpant: RMB5.1 for one kg
Garlic: RMB3.3 for one kg
Chinese cabbages: RMB.55 for one kg
Scallion: RMB1.95 for one kg
Sweet broad pea: RMB15 for one kg
Carrot: RMB1.1 for one kg
Leek: RMB6.2 for one kg
Lotus: RMB4 for one kg
Gourd: RMB2.5 for one kg
Green pepper: RMB11.5 for one kg
Ginger: RMB2.7 for one kg
Towel gourd: RMB12.8 for one kg
Potato:RMB1.46 for one kg
 
One vendor says the prices will go higher in a few days due to the strong market demand for the coming Chinese new year.
 
I’m entering Lejia Vegetable Market, an indoor grocerry in our Donghuashi Nanli Commnity.
 

I'm entering Lejia Vegetable Market, an indoor grocerry in our Donghuashi Nanli Commnity.

The whole market is piled up with various kinds of vegetable and fruits. 

The whole market is piled up with various kinds of vegetable and fruits

Bamboos shoots, celery, scallion and more
 

Bamboos shoots, celery, scallion and more

 

My favorite vendor who sells vegetables targeted at the southerners. 

My favorite vendor who sells vegetables targeted at the southerners.

 
Some vendors who have no marketing license, have to sell their stuff outside the offcially run vegetable maket.
 

Some vendors who have no marketing license, have to sell their stuff outside the offcially run vegetable maket.