Shopping in Beijing

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Beijing has several shopping districts offering a mind-boggling variety of goods. The traditional shopping districts have always been Wangfujing Street, Qianmen Street, Dongdan and Xidan Commercial Street, but now Jianguomen Outer Street and Chaowai Street have risen to the top in terms of having the latest and most luxurious items.

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Shopping at outdoor markets remains a not-to-be-missed experience for foreign travelers. Check out Panjiayuan Collection Street, Xiushui Street, and Liulichang Street for local specialties such as cloisonné, ivory carvings, jade pieces, lacquer carvings, antiques, and fresh water pearls.

You can find good deals in markets around the Beijing on items like jade, pearls, tailor-made clothing or knock-off designer clothing and accessories. The most popular markets are the Silk Market (Silk Street), and Yashow clothing market, but as a result prices start much,much higher than at other markets like the Pearl Market (which sells much more than just pearls) or the Zoo Market.

Speaking of the Zoo Market, if you have a Chinese-speaking friend, this is where you’ll get the best deals. You can try it on your own, but it is much trickier as generally shop attendants do not speak English there.

China Highlights tours offer great flexibility to allow for shopping time, with Absolutely no shops on our itineraries unless specifically requested.