Top Markets in Xian (Tips, Photos & Map)

Plan your Xi’an tour? If time allows, most likely you would like to buy gifts or souvenirs from Xian. Although malls and shopping centres are becoming more popular in Xian, many Xian local residents and foreign visitors as well are happy to go shopping in markets or commercial streets.

If you are wondering where to shop in Xi’an markets or open-air commercial areas, here is a list of some top or best free markets and shopping streets.

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If you want to go to the fixed price large shopping malls, you visits Top Xian Shopping Malls we’ve rounded up for you.

Huajue Alleyway Market 化觉巷

Huajue Alleyway is a narrow covered street beside Xi’an Great Mosque (also called Huajue Xiang Great Mosque). It is now an antique street for finding nice pieces of handicrafts, and at a cute price. Of course, shoppers need to exercise your oriental patience and bargain a lot on those articles.

Check out Xian Muslim Quarter for more information on the market.

The narrow covered Huajue Alleyway Market

You can buy engraved chopsticks, teapots, replication of Terracotta Warriors, chiming balls and Chinese paintings there. If you bargain with the shop owners and you will buy a souvenir at a good price.

Add: To the northwest of Drum Tower, Xian, Shaanxi

Beiyuanmen Hui Snack Market ( 北院门回民小吃一条街)

Beiyuanmen is a nice place to go for local snacks, dining and souvenirs. Enter the Beiyuanmen Gate (Just north of the Drum Tower); you will see rows of Qing–style buildings with lots of small stalls selling souvenirs and local specialties. you can put them together on a leisure trip.

On the west side, the narrow antique alleyway named Huajue Alleyway ( mentioned above ) branches off from Beiyuanmen Street – the Hui Snack Street. You can put them together on a leisure trip.

Check out Xian Muslim Quarter Exotic Food for more information.

Eight treasure congee

Both locals and visitors like to stroll in the street to find something interesting. Here are some of the local specialties in Beiyuan Men: Kiwi fruit, Dates, Peanut Cake, Nam, and Walnut. Like that of Chinese art street, stalls in Beiyuan Men selling souvenirs.

Add: Just north of Drum Tower

Shiyuanmen Old Culture Street 书院门古文化一条街

To the northeast of the South Gate of Xian City Wall, you can find a Chinese traditional archway, that is the entrance to the Shuyuanmen Arts Street. The Shuyuanmen old culture Street is the best preserved ancient street in Xian with a history of over 400 years.

If you walk to the east for about 700 meters, you are able to reach another important historical site – Forest of Stone Steles Museum Xian, so you can put the two attractions together schedule for your day trip in Xian.

Shiyuanmen Old Culture Street

Many of the owners know a lot about Chinese calligraphy, painting and other cultural things. Some of them are real artists.

Add: East of South Gate of Xian City, Beilin District, Xian

Xian Antique City 西安古玩城

Xi ‘an Antique City is the oldest and most famous antique market in Xi ‘an. It mainly deals in literary works, antiques, porcelain, jade, bronzes, calligraphy and paintings, badges, books, ancient coins and other cultural works of art.

Xi’an Antique City (Image Credit: 清河堂主人)

With the change of time, Xi ‘an Antique City has become the epitome of the development of Xi ‘an collection, witnessing the rise and fall of Xi ‘an literary and artistic market after the reform and opening up.

Add: Xingshansi W St, Yanta District, Xi’an 西安市雁塔区兴善寺西街
Tel: 86 29 85235635
Public Bus: Take bus 203

Wu Ji Antique City 西安无极古玩城

Wu Ji Antique city with 7,000 square meters and more than 600 antique stores, it is a fantastic place for foreigners to enjoy Chinese culture and buy souvenirs.

This antique city provides all kinds of antique: jewels, jade articles, calligraphy, paintings, historical relics, antiques, model clay figures of warriors and horses, and bronze cars and horses.

Add: No.5 Nan Ma Dao Lane, Lianhu District,Xian (西安市南马道巷五号)
Tel: 86-29-87638805

Xian Xiangzi Temple Street 西安湘子庙街  

Xian Xiangzi Temple is located west of South Street in Xian. It is just opposite Shuyuanmen Old Culture Street. Xian Xiangzi Temple Street is named after the same- name Temple dating back to over 1000 years. North of Xiangzi Temple Street is the famous bar & cafe street known as Defu Lane Bar Street.

The street is flanked with many exquisite tea houses of various sizes full of rich ancient culture atmosphere. There are many galleries on the streets which often display all kinds of exhibitions.

Luomashi Walking Street 骡马市步行街

Luomashi is the first market street in Xi’an. It is 612 meters long and 7 meters wide. The street is composed of five alleys. oday it still is one of busiest commercial area in Xian, just like Wangfujing Street in Beijing or Nanjing Road in Shanghai.

Luomashi Walking Street (Image Credit: 小强

Add: West section of East Avenue in Xian.

Tip: Hassle-free Xian 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 Xian guided tours:

Xian Tour
Xian Day Tour
Xian Tour Packages
Beijing Xian Tour

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