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Beijing has several shopping districts that offer 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 carrying the latest and most luxurious items. 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.

1. Souvenirs
1) Inside Painting Snuff Bottle 内画鼻烟壶

Inside Painting Snuff Bottle. The inside painting snuff bottle is a traditional Chinese handicraft with a history of about 200 years. It is popular in China and abroad for its unique workmanship and exquisite artistic value. Reportedly, snuffing tobacco was introduced into China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and the snuff bottle represents a combination of Chinese and foreign cultures. The snuff bottle is not only a container for tobacco but also a sort of art collection for wealthy businessmen and influential officials. The inside painting snuff bottle is made of special materials, such as jade, and has a unique shape. Most of the inside paintings are Chinese paintings, and feature vivid pictures, simple colors and elegant layouts, giving the inside painting snuff bottle great artistic and collection value. Moreover, the bottle also reflects Chinese tobacco culture, and represents a historical source for tobacco culture research.

Recommended Shopping Places

1. AIKA International Collections Exchange Market 爱家国际收藏品交流市场
Location: No. 31 West Road North Third Ring, Haidian District, Beijing 北京市海淀区北三环西路31号
2. Panjiayuan Antique Market 潘家园旧货(古玩)市场
Location: 18 Huaweili, Chaoyang District朝阳区华威里18号
Tel: 010-67741869
Open Time: 08:30-16:30
Transportation: Take city bus no. 36, 51, 64, 713 or 802 and get off at Huaweixili or Panjiayuan Station.
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2) Eight Treasures Inkpad 八宝印泥

he Eight Treasures Inkpad has retained all of the characteristics of ancient Chinese inkpads. It features bright and unbleached colors and clear prints, and is fire and sunlight proof. The Eight Treasures Inkpad is made from musk, plum, cinnabar, vermillion hue, natural jade and oils that have been preserved for many years. After stirring and grinding, moxa punk is added. The entire process consists of around 30 working procedures, and after sitting for 6-10 months, the Eight Treasures Inkpad is finished. It has a variety of usages, including signing important contracts and historical records. It is also a must-have for painters and calligraphers.

Recommended Shopping Place

Beijing Glass Ancient Culture Street
Location: South Side of Peace Gate Xuanwu District Beijing 北京市宣武区和平门南侧
Tel: 010-63017989
Open Time: 09:00—18:30
Transportation: Take city bus no. 14, 15, 16, 25 or 45 and get off at Glass Street Station. In addition, tourists can also take subway line 2 and get off at the Peace Gate Station.
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3) Beijing Dough Toy 北京面人

Beijing Dough Toy. The Beijing Dough Toy originated from folk society. It became popular in the beginning of the 21st century. It is a traditional Chinese folk handicraft, and is known as Dough Figure. Of high artistic value, the dough toy is made of flour and sweet rice flour, and has high artistic value. With a small bamboo knife, the artist can make dough shaped as people and animals in a short time. Among these figures are beautiful princesses, adorable children and various historical people. The dough toy is small in shape and easily carried and preserved, making it one of the best souvenirs for tourists. What is more, tourists can learn how the dough toy is made, and are attracted to this lively toy and the proficient skills of the handicraftsmen. The Beijing Dough Toy can be compared with Chinese Sculpture Art. As it is an ancient handicraft, tourists can find them at temple fairs during the Spring Festival.

Recommended Shopping Place

Ancient Beijing Street 老北京一条街
Location: Floor B1, New Dong’an Market, No.138, Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区王府井大街138号新东安市场B1层
Tel: (010)58176688
Open Time: 09:00—21:30
Transportation: Tourists can take subway line 1 and get off at Wangfujing Station, which has a direct exit to the market. Tourists can also take the city bus and get off at Dongdan Station, Dengshikou Station or Wangfujing West Station.
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4) Cloisonné 景泰蓝

Cloisonné is a unique traditional handicraft of Beijing and famous for its blue glaze. It can be traced back to the Yuan Dynasty and became popular during the Ming Dynasty. Beijing is the origin of the technique of cloisonné. Currently, the oldest cloisonné was made during the Yuan Dynasty and has a history of about 1,000 years. As for the production procedure, red copper is used to make the body, and then a flat, thin copper wire lays out the paintings on the body. After that, colorful enamel materials are used to fill in the painting, and then the next procedures are firing and polishing. One piece of cloisonné represents a collection of the production procedure for red copper, porcelain, and traditional paintings and sculptures. It can be said that the cloisonné is a collection of all exquisite traditional Chinese handicrafts.

Since Beijing is the origin of the cloisonné, it can be bought in every small- and medium-size shop in the city. Cloisonné products range from temple tablets, hall screens, chairs to chopsticks, earrings and toothpick holders.

Recommended Shops

1. Enamel Factory 珐琅厂
Location: No. 10, Anlelin Road, Chongwen District 崇文区安乐林路10号
Transportation: Tourists can take city bus line 7, 610, 803 or Yuntong 102 and get off at Liulijing Station. Or tourists can take 986 or Yuntong 202 and get off at Anlelin station.
2. Other Shops: Gongmei Building at Wangfujing (王府井的工美大厦): Take subway line 1 and get off at Wangfujing Station. Xiushui Street (秀水街): Take subway line 1 and get off at Yong’anli station. Yaxiu at Sanlitun (三里屯雅秀): Take subway line 10 and get off at Tuanjiehu Station.
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2. Antique Markets

1) Panjiayuan Antique Market 潘家园旧货(古玩)市场

Location: No.18, Huaweili, Chaoyang District 朝阳区华威里18号
Tel: 010-67741869
Open Time: 08:30-16:30
Transportation: Take city bus no. 36, 51, 64, 713 or 802 and get off at Huaweixili or Panjiayuan Station.
Panjiayuan Antique Market is located southwest of Panjiayuan Bridge, South Road, East Third Ring, Beijing. It is the largest antique market in China, and the cheapest antique market in Beijing. As the most popular antique market, shops run everyday. Panjiayuan Antique Market covers an area of 48,500 square meters and contains six business zones: the stall zone, the ancient building zone, the ancient furniture zone, the modern collection zone, the stone sculpture zone and the restaurant zone. Here in Panjiayuan Antique Market, tourists can find various collections, such as antique furniture, four treasures in the study, ancient paintings and books, jade, porcelain, ancient and foreign money, bamboo carvings, Buddhist keepsakes, folk clothes and cultural relics.
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2) Beijing Curio City 北京古玩城

Location: West side of Huawei Bridge, No. 21, South Road, East Third Ring, Chaoyang District 朝阳区东三环南路21号华威桥西侧
Tel: 010-67747711
Open Time: 9:30--18:30
Transportation: Tourists can take city bus line 28, 51, 300, 352, 386,378, 730, 830 or 810 and get off at Huawei Bridge or Zuo’an Station.
Beijing Antique Street is the largest antique exchange center in Asia, and it is a paradise for collectors and antique lovers. It is also an art hall for Chinese and foreign tourists to enjoy Chinese culture. On the streets are many shops focused on antique deals. Beijing Antique Street covers a building area of 26,400 square meters and holds more than 600 traders, mainly selling ancient furniture, clocks, carpets, ancient porcelain, calligraphy and paintings of famous people, jade sculptures, etc. Beijing Antique Street holds the top ten antiques, which are white jade, crystal decorations, Shoushan stone carvings, snuff bottles, ancient carpets, bronze Buddha sculptures, clocks, porcelain, Tibetan cultural relics and folk clothes.
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3) Liulichang Ancient Cultural Street 琉璃厂古文化街

Location: South side of Peace Gate, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Tel: 010-63017989
Open Time: 09:00—18:30
Transportation: Tourists can take city bus no. 14, 15, 16, 25 or 45 and get off at Liulichang Station. Tourists can also take subway line 2 and get off at Peace Gate Station.
The Glass Street is located at Peace Gate and is around 800 meters long. As a famous traditional cultural street, it originated during Qing Dynasty. At that time, people from all over the country gathered here and attended the imperial exams. Most shops sell books and writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and ink stones. Year after year, the street became an exchange center for cultural products, and is named after a plant that produces glazed tiles.
Presently, there are around 100 shops, such as the Rongbao Room and the Baogu Room, and most of them mainly sell ancient paintings and calligraphy. The Yungu Room and the Huizhen Room sell stone sculptures and porcelain. As for the four treasures in the study, there are the Laixun Room and the Yide Room, while the Zhenhuan Room and the Zhenyun Room sell jewelry. As for musical instruments, there are the Lehai Room and the Guyi Room and stone inscriptions are sold in the Guanfu Room and the Qingyun Room. Moreover, the Wensheng Room is for lanterns, and the Jinchang Room is for carpets and wall carpets.
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