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Shopping, Beijing

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.

Dong'an Department Store, Beijing Shopping

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.

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Beijing Two-Day Tours: 2 itineraries to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, etc.
4-Day Beijing Travel: to the most popular attractions in the city.

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Comments and Questions

Is there is an English online shopping website where I can purchase air purifier and humidifier in Beijing?

Reply1/7/2016 7:30:38 AMJanet,   China

Heidi :1/11/2016 3:30:57 AM

U may try newegg and amazon. Good luck!

We will be in the Chongwen District of Beijing in January. Can you recommend shopping in that area?

Reply12/27/2014 6:55:45 PMDon,   United States

Nick :12/27/2014 9:15:27 PM

Without knowing what products you wanna buy, I can just tell you the general suggestion:
Dazhalan in this district is a famous pedestrian.
New World Department Store also is a good choice for shopping.

Hi, going to Beijing on Dec 23 at 12:30pm.We need to buy basic winter clothes and snow shoes as soon as we arrive from the airport for our Harbin trip at 8pm. Pls suggest a shopping mall that sells reasonable prices and not so our t of the way to the sleeper train to Harbin.

Reply11/18/2014 10:38:13 AMTet H,   Philippines

Johnson :11/23/2014 1:45:17 AM

Hi, you can go to the Glory Mall near Beijing Railway Station, where you are likely to catch the train.Many clothing stores can be found there. Sometimes, there are some discounts. Another suggestion is New World Department Store, located at no. 3-5, Chongwnmen outer Street.

Is there a Lotus Market in Beijing? There was a Starbucks near there.

Reply12/6/2013 11:52:55 PMCarol,   Australia

Tina :12/8/2013 5:43:34 PM

there are many Lotus Market in Beijing, and many of them have Starbucks nearby, such as the one at Wudaokou and the one on Yuanda Road.

i'm looking to travel on dec 26 or 27 for a 2-3 days tour, how's the temperature like. Which area could i find the exotic food that was featured in travel channel. FC, USA

Reply9/18/2012 12:52:16 AMFC,   United States

Nancy :9/18/2012 6:46:54 PM

it will be pretty cold at that time, and may snow.

exotic food? not sure what do you mean. do you mean the food from other regions in China or from other countries?

FC ( United States ) :9/18/2012 7:37:57 PM

Chinese exotic food like, scopions, snakes, seahorse etc....

Nancy :9/19/2012 7:22:11 PM

not familiar with the exotic food, but i guess you can find some in the suburban area. please be informed that some exotic food are not allowed to be eaten according to the Chinese law.

in a short i would like to have a complete list of the best shopping malls ; suitable in prices in beijing. I would mention that we are a group of students coming to china next month. Thanks

Reply8/5/2012 4:17:27 AMaryan

Lisa :8/5/2012 6:46:59 PM

There are numerous shopping malls in Beijing, so it's hard to list them all here. You can try these on this page http://www.beijingtrip.com/shop/shopping-malls.htm

I am going to Beijing 1st week sept. how's the weather like around that time? Will light jacket be adequate for the day & night outings?
Also what ' s the best option for moving around, taxi, bus, train? Are there English language signs at public places such as train /bus stations ? Appreciate your advice.

Reply7/10/2012 6:16:51 AMCucumantui,   Malaysia

Olivia :7/10/2012 6:03:15 PM

it is a little bit cooler than in July or August. the temperature is around 30 C in day time, and around 20 C at early morning or night, so a light jacket is ok if you go out at night.
it also rains sometimes, so check the weather forecast 2 - 3 days before you go and take an umbrella if necessary.
buses and subway are best choice, which is cheap and also convenient.
there are English signs at most pulic places.
you can print the Chinese names of all your destinations, and ask someone if you don't know how to get there.

I going to beijing on 14 May and i would like to go Happy Valley. How much is the admission ticket, it include all rides? How to travel there from Beijing International Airport?

Reply5/1/2012 8:24:54 PMWendy,   Singapore

Mars :5/2/2012 7:48:02 PM

the admission fee is CNY 180, including all rides.
from the airport, you can take a subway airport express line to Sanyuan Bridge, and then line 3 to Jinsong, and a bus No. 29 to Hongyan Bridge.

Hellocan you help me to find the Muxiyuan shopping mall in beijing?can you give me the address of this mall in chineese for giving to taxi driver.and is it good for buying clothes and shoes and ... and is ti far from our hotel (presidential) by taxi,how much is the taxi fare thank you very much

Reply4/20/2012 8:09:57 PMbehnaz,   Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

Lisa :4/23/2012 11:04:50 PM

the Chinese name is 木樨园批发市场
and the taxi driver knows how to get there.

It is a wholesale market and you can find cheap clothes and shoes.

the taxi fare from your hotel to the market is about CNY 40.

Is there a place in beijing where i can find watch depo, like in Nathan road of Hongkong? It is the place where we can buy branded watch at cheaper price. thanks.

Reply4/19/2012 1:21:54 AMRuby Sy,   Australia

Linda :4/19/2012 6:58:44 PM

there are many special stores for branded watch in Wangfujing street, but they are not so cheap as that in Hong Kong.
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