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Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing

Monday, August 1st, 2022
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Beijing.

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

Plan your Beijing tour? Most foreign travelers feel very safe when traveling in Beijing. But that doesn’t mean you should lower your vigilance on possible travel scams in Beijing.

The remark below is quoted from Percy from USA:
Thank you for having this site. As a traveler and student of human nature, I appreciate the scam warnings and the comments. I am a native New Yorker, and I feel it important to remind people that scams are not only in China.

Anywhere around the world where there are larger groups of humans, there will be more opportunities for scams. It seems the way of the Universe that these will be filled. You should always be aware, do research and remember that if it seems off, or too good, it is probably a scam. This is true in China, the U.S., or any other place where humans exist.”

Latest feedback from Denis:
Hi, you website is very helpful. I can share my experience about another scam:

We used an official taxi with the meter, so when the ride was over, we wanted to pay with 100 RMB, as we didn’t have any other bills. The taxi driver didn’t like the bill we gave to him and asked for another one. Then for another one and so on (every time giving back the previous one of course).

He was also friendly but insisted on the other bill and we couldn’t understand what’s wrong and what did he wanted, so we just kindly gave him different bills to try out. At some point we just decided to leave because it started to become annoying.

After some more negotiations he finally took one of our bills, gave us the change and left. The next day, when we tried to pay by cash at a grocery store it appeared that 4 of our bills are fake and I’m quite sure they were not fake before.

Not such a big amount for learning a new type of scam (I have forgotten already that there is such a thing as fake money on the streets) though.

Scam 1 Avoid KTV bars

Whether you enter on your own or taken by a Chinese “friend.”, in most cases you are in for a trap! It is a karaoke place. You enter the room to sing a few songs and have a few beers. Suddenly girls appear and want to drink with you. Then suddenly a cart appears with lots of snacks and beer.

The snacks are NOT free and they are expensive–but more on that later. The girl wants a brandy and you say okay. You will end up paying huge amount of money! Just avoid KTV!

Scam 2:  Tea Scam

At some heavy tourist areas (like Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street…),  you will be approached by one or three  attractive females or gentlemen, who are  willing to have a natural and nice talk with you or  even give you a free tour of hutong  in a polite way.  She or he will talk about the interesting things in Beijing, or talk about the culture or history of your home country and even world affairs!

Then if everything goes smoothly, then  invite you to a traditional Chinese teashops or ceremony. The whole ceremony proceeds then at the end of the ceremony your “friends” will ask you to pick out some favorite teas. So the scam start when it comes time to pay the bill, and it can again run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Simply don’t go for it!

To make the tea scam more natural,  they  pretend to be very friendly. They even don’t suggest you pay the whole amount. It is to be split between you and your “friends”.  So you  will see them pay their part. It is a scam!

It happens in central part of Beijing mainly, esp. in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the surroundings.

Scam 3: “Art Student” Scam

Also at some big tourist destinations,  some young people,  disguised as ” art student’”,  will approach you. They offer you a free tour of an art show. Thus begins the “Art Student” scam.

Actually they will take you to an art shop selling all kinds of “art” stuff. This is just a waste of time. You can easily find these art pieces on the market. They sell the same “art” at higher prices. Simply say bye to them.
It happens mainly in historical sites, and public transport hubs. They are good actors(actresses) indeed. To us Chinese people they say they are out job-hunting and is penniless; to overseas travelers they say they are art students. Many of them are very properly dressed.

Scam 4: Rickshaw Scam

Some first-time oversea or even domestic travelers visiting Beijing fall into the traps of some seemingly “humble rickshaw drivers”. For example, let’s say, you and a rickshaw driver agree on a price of RMB 40 for a pedicab ride. It will turn out to be RMB400!. The trick is that your rickshaw driver will pretend to be ignorant and he will pull out a laminated price list and say it is 400 yuan instead of 40 yuan. Better take a taxi than a pedicab.

1) Rickshaw Scam at the North Gate of Forbidden City
There are two entrances to the Forbidden City – the south gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen)  and north gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men).  The south gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its northern gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

Make sure you are taken by your taxi to the south entrance of Forbidden City (better yet, take the subway line 1 –  its very nice and very cheap!). Don’t ever take a Rickshaw at the north gate of Forbidden City unless you feel like getting lost and extorted.

So if you visit Forbidden City by getting to a wrong gate (north gate), don’t use a local rickshaw to get back to the south gate, just walk to the right gate (south gate). For the same reason, if you exit from the north gate after visiting Forbidden City, don’t use a rickshaw for your next place.

2)  Rickshaw scams also occur at the entrance to the “Legend of Jinsha” which is performed at the Beijing Workers’ Club in Beijing.

3)  Rickshaw scams possible at any places in Beijing
Rickshaw scams could occur at any other places in Beijing. Be Vigilant!

 Scam 5: “Black” Taxis

When arriving at the airport, keep away from the taxi drivers who approach you in the terminal or outside the terminal as they will charge you much more than the actual price. Just following the sign pointing to the taxi line just outside the terminal. Taxi drivers should use their meter; make sure that the driver puts down the flag.

Taking a taxi from the airport to the downtown Beijing costs just over RMB 100 plus RMB 5 toll fee. Beijing legitimate taxi license plates will begin with the “Beijing B” otherwise it is possibly a black taxi!

After paying a legal taxi, you will get a legal computerized receipt in which you can find the taxi company’s phone number while a black driver only offers you a hand-written receipt with which you will never find him! A black driver would charge you RMB 400 – RMB 500 for the airport downtown drive! Normally a taxi ride from the airport to the downtown of Beijing costs you around RMB 120.

Black cars could be found around the subway stations, shopping malls, and also around some major tourist attractions such as Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street and Beijing Railway Station as well.
By the way, your taxi driver may pull out a very official looking list of all hotels and official airport price. Never belive so-called official taxi-rate list of all hotels and official airport price. Never such a taxi-rate list!

It seems that there is a new kind of scam in Beijing when it comes down to the taxi’s.  Taxi drivers are asking their passengers to get out of the car and help to push it / close the trunk. When the passengers are outside, the drivers takes of with all their belongings.

For more information on taxi, please visit Beijing Taxi.

Scam 6:Outside Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao

When you line up for entering Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, you will probably meet some fake helpers or officials who are trying to “grab” some money from you.  To avoid being cheated, please read the following travel tips:

The admission to Mausoleum of Mao Zedong is free. No need for passport ID check and no need for buying shoes to replace your sandals (though not encouraged). As with most mausoleums, strict rules are enforced for visitors. No bags and cameras are allowed inside the hall. One locker is located 500m to the east of the mausoleum. The deposit is not free ( yes, a little strange)! The charges on deposit locker ranges from CNY 2 to 10.

Scam 7: Scams at Tiananmen and Forbidden City

The area around Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City is a favorite hangout for scammers.  Below is a trip by a scam victim named  Akalan:

In fact this was my 4th trip to China, but first trip to Beijing. Many a times many people, usually young ladies chatted with me and they helped me a lot. Even on the same day morning I went to the Great Wall and a young girl with good English walked with me. All those I met earlier were genuine people who just wanted to help a visitor to their country. Most of the time they did not even allow me to pay a bill, ticket price or taxi fare.

With that sort of experience, I had no suspicion on this woman. Still my priority was to get into the Forbidden city ASAP, as it was passed 3pm and I knew that the ticket sales would stop at 4 pm. This lady said that she would show me the “East gate” where I can enter without a long queue. Yes, there was a queue of people at the main entrance.

I simply followed her advice and she walked with me to “show” the entrance. On the way she said she is from Xi’An (a city I visited 1 month ago) and we had quite a good conversation on history, culture and languages. She also explained some history of the area.

She said her friends from another province are there and they will meet her in 10 min. If I can wait 10 min, they also can join me to go inside the Forbidden city. While waiting for them, she suggested me to sit some where and have a tea or fruit juice. In fact after walking and climbing whole morning in Great Wall area, I was thirsty and wanted to sit and stretch my legs. So I agreed.

I tried to sit on some chairs laid outside, but she suggested to go inside – less noisy, less dust and air-conditioned! I picked a Chinese tea and the scam began!

You know the rest. Yes, she split the bill, still I lost a few hundred! Worst thing was that she took me to a gate, assuring that I could enter from there, but obviously there were no ticket counters. I had to get to an electric car. The driver charged 20, instead of 2, as he sensed my urgency!

He actually did not take me to the ticket counters, instead, he stopped somewhere and a woman approached me. She was telling me that the ticket counters are closed and she would sell a ticket to me for 100 ! I did not want to let some one rip me off for 3rd time, within 15 min. Finally when I found the ticket counters, they were closed! So I missed the Forbidden City!

Scam 8: Scams from Itinerant Tour Companies at Streets

AVOID TOURISM COMPANIES, the ones who talk to you at street, promising a great price to go meet Great Wall (for example), they will make you pay more inside the bus, will take you to the worse section of the Great Wall, and prepare yourself for a long day stopping at market places, really awful experience.

If you want sightseeing, get a legal one, from important sites.

Scam 9: Scams at North Gate to Forbidden City

There are two main gates to the Forbidden City – the south gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen)  and north gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men).  The south gate is linked to Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its south gate and exit from its north gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route.

So don’t try to go to the North Gate to Forbidden City.  The North Gate now only serves an exit gate.  If you get to a wrong gate ( the north gate ),  just walk along the streets circling Forbidden City and move on to the south gate. In this case, you are not encouraged to use a rickshaw or a 3-wheel motorcycle taxi at the north gate of Forbidden City.  Some  of the rickshaw and 3-wheel motorcycle taxi drivers are just disgusting swindlers.  Avoid Them!  Below is the account by Bill of the victim at the North Gate to Forbidden City.

I was a victim of two scams in the same day! The first was with a 3-wheel motorcycle taxi at the north gate of the forbidden city. I was offered a ride to the south gate for 3 Yuan. The taxi drove through a maze of narrow alleys and he stopped at an isolated spot. Then he demanded 300 Yuan, about $48.

The second incident was the tea shop routine. A nice couple invited me to a local place near Tiananmen square. I told them about the taxi incident and they sounded shocked and empathetic! We were given snacks (2 Yuan per bag in the store), some high quality tea, orange juice, and about 1-2 ounces of wine. The bill was 1200 Yuan plus 100 for the tip. He paid half (money probably borrowed from the owner), but I was still squeezed for over $100.

The next day, near the same square, a woman began a nice friendly conversation with me and tried to do the same thing. The good-bye was very quick.

Scam 10:  The Counterfeit Money Scam

Hi there – another scam to add to the list is the counterfeit money. We used a standalone ATM at the silk markets and received many hundreds of RMB that was fake. We didn’t know of course – its nearly impossible to tell. Now we have some lovely souvenirs that look like 100 RMB notes 🙂
The advice would be to use a bank ATM I guess.

More Tourist Scams:

Tourist scam on Chinese Medicine ( Feedback from christian Holscher )
There is a tourist scam where people pretend to be part of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. They pretend to be doctors and ‘diagnose’ an illness just by taking the pulse. Then, they sell very expensive pills which are most likely just herbal remedies.

The company does not give receipts for their sale, and no address or contact number was provided. They clearly do not pay tax. All what they give to the customer is a worthless certificate with no address. The real of this company can be found on the credit card receipt.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go for self-guided tours and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Package
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tour
Beijing Winter Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
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 Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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

Wangfujing Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Things to Do at Night in Beijing

Monday, July 25th, 2022
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Plan your Beijing night tour? Beijing nightlife is plentiful with numerous attractions to see and things to do at night. I round up my subjective list of the top 10 things to do at night in Beijing, which might offer some useful tips for planning your own Beijing night trip.

1. Night view of Chang’An Avenue & Tiananmen Square

Chang’An Avenue is regarded as the longest and widest street in the world. It is also reputed as “The First Street in China”, one of the most significant streets in China.

Beijing Tiananmen Square is located on the south of the mid Chang’ An Avenue while Tiananmen Tower on the north. Shortly after the sun is setting over Tiananmen Square, most of the buildings in or surrounding Tiananmen Square will be lit up, turning the square a multi-colored wonderland.

Come to Tiananmen Square and Chang’An Avenue at night to feel the vibe and mix with the locals!

Check out my other two articles beow for more information:
Night View of Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Tiananmen Square

Chang'An Avenue
Tiananmen Tower on the Midde  of Chang’An Avenue

2. Night View of Beijing CBD

Beijing CBD area refers to Beijing Central Business Center, a cluster of domestic and international firms and the center of trade, finance, creativity industry and media in Beijing. It is also a primary area of modern buildings and starchitectures.

Beijing CBD is located on the east of Beijing between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road. Personally, I think China World Hotel is the center of Beijing CBD. China World Trade Center Tower III used to be the tallest skyscraper in Beijing with 81 floors, 4 underground floors, and 30 elevators. Now It is surpassed by China Zun.

Sunset Glow over the CCTV Building

Designed by architecture firm Farrells, China Zun is 528 meters high, ranking the 9th in the world, the 5th in China and the 1st in Beijing among all the completed skyscrapers in the world.

China Zun, the highest building in Beijing ( from the internet)

You can easily get to the core of Beijing CBD by taking Subway No.01 or No.10 and get off at the station of Guomao and using either Exit A or B, where you are just next to China World Hotel and Guomao Bridge.

If you want to see the CCTV Building, China Zun and neon-lit CBD, you may come to Blue Frog ( Gumao ) on the 6th floor of the North Section China World Mall, an amazing place to view the CBD area.
Check out my two articles below for more information:

A Good Place to See Beijing’s changing skyline.
The Night View of Beijing CBD

3. Hanging out in the evening at Shichahai (Back Lake)

If you like to hang out in the evening, Shichahai is a great place to kill your time, drinking and gossiping. Shichahai is shot through with chic bars and restaurants. Hiding yourself in one of the bars and escaping the hustle and bustle of the carzy world temporarily.

Guitar Bar at Shichahai

If you would like have a window shopping for a flea-market type of experience, Yandai Xiejie at Shichahai is a perfect place. Yandai Byway or Old Pipe Street is one of such old commercial streets that showcase Beijing’s past.

The stone and slab paved street is flanked with shops and boutiques.

Check out my following articles for more information:
How to visit Shichahai
Shichahai, a nice place to walk at night in Beijing
How to Visit Yandai Xiejie
Night View of Shichahai
The Old World Charm in Beijing

4. Catch the vibe in the illuminated Qianmen Street

“Qianmen” literally means “Front Gate”. Qiamen Street is located south of Qianmen Tower to the south of Tiananmen Square, hence the name of the street. It lies on the north and south axis of Beijing. Qianmen Street runs south from Tiananmen Square, just along the Beijing central axis. It is one of the last remnants of the business centers of old Beijing.

Strolling along Qianmen Street and its branch-off alleys in the evening is a pleasant familiarization and sightseeing walk, getting yourself closer to the local people and their life.

Check out my following articles for more imformation:
Qianmen Street
Night View of Qianmen Street
Central Axis of Beijing

Qianmen Street at night

5. Snacking & Shopping in the neon-lit Wangfujing Street

The 810-meter Wangujing walking street is packed with shops, stores,and restaurants including several big shopping malls, such Oriental Plaza, Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, the New China Woman and Children Department etc. It also has two large bookstores – the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore and the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore.

Wangfujing Pedestrian Street

One highlight on Wangfujing Street is Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街)which is set on a narrow alley off the main walking street.

Wangfujing Snack Street

Take subway line 2, get off at the station of Wangfujing and use Exit C. Follow the throng into the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Walking north  for about 50 meters, you will see a KFC on your right side, and opposite the KFC is a decorated archway, the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.

Check out my following articles for more information:
Wangfujing Street, a famous pedestrian street in Beijing
Stroll on Wangfujing Snack Street

6. Hanging out at TaiKoo Li Sanlitun in the evening

It is dubbed as the capital’s hottest fashion destination and the coolest place to hang out.

Taikoo Li Sanlitun is an open shopping district consisting of 19 low-density contemporary buildings. Sanlitun Taikoo Li itself represents a cultural gathering, so it’s all about people: creating art and leading fashion as well as enjoying food, shopping and fun.

TaiKoo Li Sanlitun (Photo from english.visitbeijing.com.cn)

Add: Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Road, Sanlitun
Tel: 10-6417 6110 / 010-6417 7110
Web: www.taikoolisanlitun.com/en/
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 A, 500 meters to the west; take Line 6 to Dongdaqiao Station (东大桥), exit B, 700 meters to the north.;take Line 2 to Dongsishitiao (东四十条)Station, exit from Exit C.

7. Night View of Bird’s Nest and Water Cube

Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, is located in the center of Beijing Olympic Park. It was the site for the opening and closing ceremony for the Olympic Games in 2008.

Beijing National Aquatics Center,nicknamed “Water Cube”, is west of Bird’s Nest in the Olympic Park. It is dubbed “cube” because of its semi-transparent “bubbles” spread out all over its surface with a shape very similar to the structure of “H2O”.

Of course, during the daytime, you can have a close look at their true faces. But the bird’s nest is so much concrete and the water cube looks lifeless. Just too little shade and shelter provided by trees, very hot in summer!

Visiting Beijing National Stadium

If you come here in the evening, things are a world of difference! The Water Cube displays a different color pattern each evening, looking like a fantastic magic box.

It is said that solar panel inside the nest collects the sun’s rays by the daytime and light the bird’s nest by night. An illuminated bird’s-nest gives you much for thinking

Check out my another article How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube for more information.

8. Eating at Ghost Food Street

If you want to eat out in the evening after a daytime trip, you are recommended to stroll Gui Jie ( Ghost Street 簋街), an almost 24-hour food street lined with numerous eateries on both sides. It is quite popular with local Beijing people, expats, touris as well.

The Ghost Street

Almost all the restaurants here are decorated in red – red store-front plaques, red lanterns and red lights with great vibe, a great place for  friends, families and couples all to meet for dinner or just for the vibe here.

Check out my following articles for more information:
Night View of Gui Jie (the Ghost Food Street) in Beijing
Ghost Street by Night

9. Beijing Kungfu Show

This show is put on in the Red Theater located on the east of Tiantan Hotel in Xing Fu Dajie, Dongcheng District. CHC has collected a group of the best Kung Fu practitioners of China and invited the best directors and designers of the country. The show is a must-see production in Beijing for tourists and Kung Fu lovers.

This is a great show. It tells a story of Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott. There are many demonstrations of Kungfu and strength throughout the show. The costumes and the choreography are great.

Add: 44 Xing Fu Da Jie ( Xingfu Street ), Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京东城区幸福大街44号

Check out the following links for more information:
Discount Kung Fu Show Ticket Booking
Beijing Chinese Kung Fu Show
Beijing Evening Dinner & Shows

10. Beijing Opera Show

Experience the nightlife of Beijing by watching Beijing Opera show dubbed as “Moulin Rouge in China”. Peking Opera has entertained Beijingers for over 200 years with its elaborate costumes, ear-splitting arias, dazzling martial arts and musical dialogue.

Beijing Opera Show

Beijing Opera is quite a cultural experience, completely different of the western opera. The ritual of the dressing, the make up and the masks are unique. The stories are interesting, they play several short performances with very different characters.

Check out the following links for more information:
Peking (Beijing) Opera
Peking Opera Make-ups
Beijing Evening Dinner & Shows

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 Night Tour
Beijing Evening Tour

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams 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 a line.

Chinese version of the travel guide:

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Top 10 Beijing Shopping Malls

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing has over 100 large and medium-sized shopping centers or malls. Are you trying to visit one or two of the local malls to feel the vibe and mix with the locals? For your convenience, We’d like to round up our subjective list of the top 10 shopping malls in Beijing, and you may choose the one or two close to where you stay for a shopping trip.

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 another page of the top 10 markets in Beijing.

Note: We have offered subway information on how 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 1: Beijing apm (Xindong’an Plaza) 北京新东安广场

“Beijing apm”means “from am (morning) to pm (evening)”, implying that Beijing apm will appropriately extend the business hours, especially the evening business hours to attract more Beijing young consumer groups aged 19 to 35 years old and targeting the youth fashion.

Beijing amp ( Photo Credit: www.beijingapm.cn)

Beijing apm gathers more than 100 international famous Chinese and Western brands in the fields of international cosmetics, fashion trend, cutting-edge sports, digital technology and online Influential catering.

Beijing apm is committed to creating a new landmark of one-stop shopping, entertainment, and leisure life incorporated into in Wangfujing area, attracting more young fashion groups, and opening a brand new lifestyle in Beijing.

Add: 138 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Tel: 010-58176995
Web: www.beijingapm.cn
Subway: Taking Subway Line 1 and get off at Wangfujing Station, exit from Exit B1

Top 2: TaiKoo Li Sanlitun 三里屯太古里

It is dubbed as the capital’s hottest fashion destination and the coolest place to hang out.

Taikoo Li Sanlitun is the first comprehensive commercial project of Swire Properties in Mainland China. It is an open shopping district consisting of 19 low-density contemporary buildings. The project is divided into two areas: the south and the north, which are integrated with the surrounding buildings. It also maintains relative independence.

TaiKoo Li Sanlitun (Photo Credit: english.visitbeijing.com.cn)

Sanlitun Taikoo Li itself represents a cultural gathering, so it’s all about people: creating art and leading fashion as well as enjoying food, shopping and fun. It houses the popular fashion brands such as Uniqlo, Steve Madden, Esprit, Mango, the Apple Store and Adidas’flagship store and the list is much much longer, also including numerous restaurants and a multi-plex cinema.

Add: Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Road, Sanlitun
Tel: 10-6417 6110 / 010-6417 7110
Web: www.taikoolisanlitun.com/en/
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 A, 500 meters to the west; take Line 6 to Dongdaqiao Station (东大桥), exit B, 700 meters to the north.;take Line 2 to Dongsishitiao (东四十条)Station, exit from Exit C.

Top 3: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 4: 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 5: Parkview Green 芳草地商业

Parkview Green is located on the west side of Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, close to the core of Beijing CBD. Parkview Green is an innovative building with a total area of 200,000 square meters, integrating top office buildings, fashion shopping, art and boutique hotel.

With the strong international atmosphere and the advantage of the commercial location, Parkview Green is committed to building a diversified commercial and cultural leisure complex in Beijing.

Parkview Green ( Photo Credit: www.parkviewgreen.com)

Parkview Green’s leading environmental design, concept of sustainable development and rich artistic atmosphere constitute the unique characteristics of Parkview Green, bringing new and unique experience to every visitor.

Add: 9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 Monday to Sunday
Web: www.parkviewgreen.com/cn/
Subway:
Line 1: Get off at Yonganli Station, Exit A
Line 6: Get off Dongqiao Station, Exit A

Top 6: China World Mall 国贸商城

China World Mall provides consumers with a number of international luxury brand flagship stores and new concept products leading the trend.

China World Mall and CBD ( Photo Credit: cwtc.cn )

China World Mall is active with the skating rink full of dynamic. The bookstore and the cinema bring you the spiritual pleasure. Chinese and Western retautrants cater to the needs of various tastes. Fashion clothing, home furnishing, entertainment and leisure, catering services are all available, creating a one-stop high-end consumption palace.

Add: No 1, Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010-65357586
Web: www.chinaworldmall.com.cn
Subway: take subway line 1 and get off at Dabeiyao and exit fron Exit B

Top 7: 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

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 8: Joy City 大悦城 ( Xidan & Chaoyang)

Xidan Joy City 西单大悦城
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

Chaoyang Joy City ( Photo Credit: kuaibao.qq.com)

Chaoyang Joy City 朝阳大悦城
Chaoyang Joy City is an urban complex building has a large shopping center of 230,000 square meters. The shopping center has 11 floors on the ground and 3 floors underground. It integrates six major themes including shopping, catering, entertainment, culture, fitness and leisure.

Add:101 North Chaoyang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010-85579871
Subway: take subway line 6 and get off at Qingnian Road Station

Top 9: 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.

Beijing SKP (Photo Credit: kuaibao.qq.com)

Add: No.97, Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025
Tel: +86 10 6530 5888
Web: http://www.skp-beijing.com/
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; take Line 14 and get off at Dawang Road Station Exit F.

Top 10 : Jinyuan Shidai Shopping Center 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 largest shopping mall in Beijing and Asia as well.

Jinyuan Shidai Shopping Center (Photo from internet)

The center 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: 010-88875888
Opening hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Subway: take subway line 10, get off at the station of Changchun Qiao (长春桥) ,exit from Exit Northwest, 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.

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:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

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

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Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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