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Top 10 Things to Do at Night in Beijing (Updated 2021)

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
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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

Beijing Highlight Day Tour
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

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

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour
Beijing Highlight Layover 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:

夜游北京做的10件事情

Top 10 Beijing Markets (Updated 2021)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
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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!

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Beijing’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 1: Silk Street Market 秀水街市场

Brief introduction: So the old silk market has been demolished long before. The present Silk Street Market is actually a department store with a floor area of 28,000 square meters.

There are now over 500 booths in the building. According to the developer of the building, the advantages of the old market are still kept available in the present market, targeting the international tourists and local white-collar workers.

Silk Street Market
Silk Street Market

The Silk Street Market cover more than 20 kinds of goods, including clothing, shoes and bags, silk, jewelry and handicrafts with unique charm of traditional culture, fashion brands leading the trend, which are favored by consumers all over the world.

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 2: 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. We suggest you go to Panjiayuan on weekends. Only on weekends, you will find some vendors 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 many more.
Check out Panjiayuan Flea Market for more information.

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 3: 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: 21 Dongsanhuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (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21
Tel: 010-5960901,59609011

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 4: 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 the Temple of Heaven. Its main entrance – the west gate faces the road across the Temple of Heaven. If you drive to the market, you are supposed to get off at its north side gate.

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. Check out Hongqiao Pearl Market for more information.

Location: 9 Tiantan 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

Top 5: Liulichang Antique Street 琉璃厂

Brief introduction: On both sides of the street there are about 100 storefronts and vendors’ stalls selling collectibles and art supplies, including woodblock prints, copies of famous calligraphy, historic paintings (reproductions) and more.

Rongbaozhai 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.

Rongbaozhai’s business scope is very wide, ranging from ink, paper and inkstone, to fan albums; from painting and seal cutting to mounting a picture scroll, almost everything from ordinary people to cultural celebrities, all of them are enthusiastic customers of Rongbaozhai.

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 6: Shilihe House 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 7 Sanyuanli Market (Food & Produce)三源里菜市场

Sanyuanli Market is located in Shunyuanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing. The market was built in October 1992, with a business area of 1560 square meters and 139 booths, selling vegetables, fruits, fresh meat, aquatic products, non-staple food seasonings, grain and oil, pasta tea, general merchandise and daily necessities. The market is a standardized community vegetable market of Beijing.

Fresh Produce in Sanyuanli Market

Sanyuanli Market has become the food and produce shopping channel for more than 10,000 households and 30,000 residents in Xinyuanli, Sanyuanli and Shunyuanli communities, as well as the surrounding hotels and restaurants. Guests from foreign embassies, hotels and foreign-related enterprises also frequently patronize this market.

ADD: Left side of Building 2, Shunyuanli, Ease Third Ring Road, Beijing
BUS: 403,300/YUNTONG104 at Sanyuanqiao Station
Subway: Line 10 Liangmaqiao Station

Top 8: Baoguosi Culture Market 报国寺文化市场

The old open-air Baoguosi Culture Market is closed. But the marekt is there keeping some of its delicate indoor markets. Today Baoguosi Cultural Market is still a cultural market based on Chinese books, stamps and coins. So you still can see some quiet and lively antique trade business going on inside the market ( indoor buildings ).

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. The main hall of the temple has been now transformed into a coin hall, a book and newspaper hall, a ticket and certificate hall, a comic book hall, etc.

Baoguosi Cultural Market

Top 9: Yandai Xiejie Market 烟袋斜街

In Beijing, there still exist some places where you can see the old streets, typical Northern Chinese buildings and authentic Beijing folk culture despite of the fast pace of the local urbanization and gentrification.

Yandai Xiejie ( or Yandai Byway or Old Pipe Street 烟袋斜街) is one of such old commercial streets that showcase Beijing’s past. Yandai Byway was originally formed in Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) and further developed and reached its height in late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Yandai, literally “Smoking Pipes”, was once lined up with many shops selling smoking pipes, hence the name of Yandai.

Silk Blouses and silk clothes for ladies

Today the general outline of the byway is still intact with many buildings sticking to their originality – shop front residence. Beside keeping the tradition of selling smoking pipes, antiques and jade, the lean street also sells silk, tea, Beijing snacks,etc. There are trendy bars and small eateries on the street.

Location: The 232-meter-long market street is located about 50 meters south of Drum Tower. For more information, please check out How to Visit Yandai Xiejie.

Top 10 Nanluoguxiang Hutong 南锣鼓巷

Now almost every Beijing first-time visitor wants to be lost in the maze of Nanluoguxiang hutong teemed with side lanes. People want to be lost in the past, in the tradition, in the passing passengers, in a fad and in the future. Time is flying here and getting older.

The 786-meter long south-north Nanluoguxiang Hutong is lined with numerous trendy bars, yummy restaurants, unique hostels, lively themed stores and itinerant vendors.

Nanluoguxiang Hutong is lined with numerous stores.

Nanluoguxiang is easily accessible by Subway Line 6 and get off at the station of Nanluoguxiang. Then enter the south entrance to Nanluoguxiang and exit from its north. For more information, please check out How to visit Nanluoguxiang.


The markets below have been either closed or moved somewhere else due to Beijing urban development:

Dahongmen Clothing Wholesale Market 大红门服装批发市场 ( Moved)

( 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).

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

Beijing Tianyi Small Commodities Wholesale Market 北京天意小商品批发市场( Closed)

  (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.

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 & Moved)

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.

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.

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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

Chinese version of the travel guide:

北京10大小商品批发或旧货市场

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
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
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.