Most important markets in Beijing

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Beijing is famous for having markets and fake brand products but you can of course shop in malls. In those shopping malls, you can find almost everything you are looking for:

Clothes, shoes, handbags, watches, tailors, jewellery, decoration, Chinese souvenirs, toys, electronics and more.

1. The Silk Market

Silk Market is the must-see shopping mall where you can find clothes, tailors, jewellery, electronics, art & antiques and toys.

Opened in 2005, it accommodates over 1,700 stallholders, notorious among international tourism for their wide selection of designer brand apparels.

The Silk Street attracts approximately 20,000 visitors daily on weekdays and between 50,000 and 60,000 on weekends.

The Silk Street has been created to replace the old alley-based Xiushui Market, located in Xiushui Dongjie, south-east of Ritan near the First Embassy Area of Beijing. The old Market sold basically knock-off luxury brand-name garments, silk products and tourist souvenirs from their 410 stalls.

One of the political incentives behind the transfer of the old Xiushui Market to the current Silk Street establishment was related to the unregulated sales of fake goods.

Silk Street has conducted reforms in an attempt to regulate and crack down on violations of IPR in the market. Despite the efforts, counterfeits were still found inside the shopping center. As a result, five global brand-name giants, which included Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Burberry were granted compensation of 20,000 yuan (US$2500).

The new Silk Street has introduced traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets and paintings to take away back home a little spark of the chinese culture.

Reputable establishments such as the Tongrentang Pharmacy, QuanjudePeking Roast Duck restaurant, and multi-national coffee and restaurant chains have also joined Silk Street to become the “ultimate one-stop tourist destination” in Beijing.

Located in ChaoYangMen, you can get there by Subway line 1 and get off at Yonganli by exit A.

Opening hours are from 9am to 9pm.

2. Yashow Market

Yashow Market, this shopping mall is located in Chaoyang district, in Sanlitun, to be more precisely in n°58 Gongti BeiLu. You can reach there by subway, taking line 10 and get off at Tuanjiehu by exit A. There, you’ll find clothes, tailors, electronics, jewelry and tea. This market is another silk market, so don’t forget to bargain hard!

http://www.yashowmarket.com

Opening hours are from 9am to 8pm.

 

3. Xidan Area

Xidan is a major traditional commercial area in Beijing, located in the Xicheng District which means in the west of Beijing city. All areas in the district cover restaurants and shops.

It started to develop in the Ming Dinasty and began to experience massive growth in the 1950 with the expansion of the city.

This commercial district incorporates the Xidan Culture Square, North Xidan Street, as well as many supermarkets and department stores. The Xidan Cultural Square is the largest venue for cultural events in downtown. Before the Olympic Games in 2008, the Government decided to expand and diversifying the genre of stores in the area in order to acclaim tourism.

If you want to reach the markets, they are basically served by the Xidan Subway Station, which is on Line 1 and Line 4 of the Subway.palilloschinos

4. The Pearl or HongQiao Market

HongQiao Market is located in the district of ChongWen in TianTan, exactly in n°36 TianTan DongLu. To reach this shopping mall, you have to walk 5minutes after get off at the exit A of TianTan of subway line 5. This market is also known as the pearl market.

You may have guessed that pearls are fake for sure!

5. ZhongGuanCun

Zhongguancun is a technology and scientific hub in the Haidian District, geographically situated in the northwestern part of Beijing. The place is very well known in China for his technological evolution and is often referred to as “China’s Silicon Valley”.

Zhongguancun has long existed since 1950 and only became a household name in the early ‘80s. It is a green zone too because of their seven parks, including Haidian Park, Fengtai Park, Changping Park, Yizhuang Park, Desheng Park, and Jianxiang Park and the Electronic City in the main Chaoyang.

 

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