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Beijing is a paradise for shopaholics. There is a large variety of items from elsewhere in China and abroad. Many emporiums and designated tourist shopping centers have foreign currency exchange counters and accept major credit cards.
This city has plenty of local products too. There are eight matchless local handcrafts, cloisonne, ceramic, ivory carvings, seal-engraving, carved lacquer ware, jade carvings, gold filigree, filigree inlay, palace carpet and imperial embroidery. Other notable ones include inside painting snuff bottle, palace lanterns, dough figurines, Chinese silk especially silk flowers, facial masks, Beijing Opera instruments and Chinese tea.
Modern Beijing offers many shopping opportunities. There are many supermarkets, shopping malls, shopping areas and distinctive markets. For day to day items, supermarkets are well stocked. Shopping malls in China, to some extent, cater for the high end of the market. Large shopping malls in clusters form shopping areas, some of which are in fact commercial streets.
Some shopping areas and distinctive markets are not only places to go shopping, but also meccas for sightseeing. Silk Street (Xiushui Street) is extremely popular with foreign visitors where almost anything may be found. If you are not in a hurry, a visit to Wangfujing Street, the Qianmen-Dashilan, and Colored Glaze Factory (Liulichang) Cultural Street is a great way to learn the local culture. The distinctive markets in the city, such as Beijing Curio City, Panjiayuan Market and Hongqiao Market are popular with overseas visitors.
Bargaining is a routine in China when shopping, with the exception, of course, of supermarkets, department stores and exclusive shops. In China, bargaining is neither a quarrel nor a face-losing act, but instead a friendly communication. Remember: vendors always overcharge, allowing a wide scope for you to haggle.