Shopping Centres Around Beijing

On December 17, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

There are lots to do during your china travel and shopping is one of them.  Travel to Beijing as there are more than 13,000 retail stores in the city and it is scattered in every corner. The goods that are sold in Beijing markets are branded stuff, special and new products and from various parts of the country.

Today, Beijing has 10 famous shopping streets and some of the more famous stores and bazaar are described here. The famous shopping street includes the Wangfujing, Dongdanbei, Longfusi, Xidanbei, Qianmen and Xiusuhi streets, and Liulichang Cultural Street. These streets boast modern malls and boutiques or special articles shops and they also provide various kinds of services.

Wangfujing Street:

This is the most famous shopping centre in Beijing as it boasts many reputed shops such as New Dong’an Bazaar, Department Store, Arts and Crafts Mansion, Foreign Language Bookstore, Shengxifu Hat Store, Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Vegetarian Restaurant. Wangfujin is a fairly long street, so do wear comfortable shoes as it does get tiring. A walk to the end would take you about 30 minutes and that’s only if you don’t look at any shops.

Address: Dongcheng District, Wangfujing Avenue (Wang Fu Jing Da Jie).

Wangfujing Street

Qianmen Shopping Street:

This is an ancient shopping street outside Qianmen Gate. It is sided by various shops and restaurants so you wouldn’t feel bored when walking around the streets.  The Dashilar Tourist and Pedestrian Street have many old shops such as Tongrentang Pharmacy, Neilanshang Shoe Shop, Ruifuxiang Silk and Cotton Fabrics Shop, Quanyechang, Zhang Yiyuan Tea Store and Majuyuan Hat Store.

Address: Qianmen Street, Chongwen District, Beijing.

Qianmen Shopping Street

Liulichang Cultural Street:

This street is lined by shops including Rongbaozhai Studio, Cultural Relics Shop, Yanjiang Calligraphic Work and Painting Studio, Zhenyun Building for selling jewellery, Yide Building for selling ink sticks and red in paste used for seals, Four Treasure of the Study for selling writing brushes, Jigu Building for Duplicating cultural relics and Cuiwen Building for selling seals.

Address: Sou Xin Hua, Beijing, 10051.   Tel: 010-81191011.

Xiushui Silk Street:

Xiushui Silk Street is one of the famous clothing markets in Beijing. It attracts domestic and foreign tourists with various styles, colours and materials and most of the stuffs are cheap in prices. Be ready to bargain too as some vendors might increase the prices of the clothes. Commodities mainly sold in Silk Street are shoes, bags and cases, leather, famous brand, casual wear, fashion clothing, cowboy series, sports leisure attire, knitted dresses and many more. There are also various snacks that are sold there and even Beijing Roast duck can be found there.

Address: No.8, Xiushui Dongjie Chaoyang, Beijing.

The Insides of Beijing Xiushui Silk Street

Ruifuxiang Silk and Cotton Fabrics Shop:

This shop was open in the first year of the reign of the Qing Emperor Tongzhi and has a history of more than 120 years. It has branches in Beijing and Tianjin and the shops handles 10,000 kinds of silk, woollen and cotton textiles. If you are thinking of making and designing your own clothes then there are also tailors in the shop that can make items such as cheongsams and padded silk jackets.

Address: 190 Wangfujinh Dajie Just north of Gongmei Dasha.   Tel: 86-10-63032880

Ruifuxiang Silk Market

Friendship Store:

This store provides services mainly for foreign visitors. It handles silk fabrics, gold and silver jewelry, jade, carved ivory goods, embroidery and cloisonné. Also it has a cafe room, a flower and pot plant selection, a tailor’s shop, a clock and watch repair shop and a shipment consigning and collection section for providing such services as packing, shipping, mall orders, customs declaration and appreciating cultural relics.

Address: No.17, Jianguomenwai Ave.   Tel: 86-10-65003311.

Cultural Relics Shop:

This has 11 selling stores including Baoshizhai, Yunguzhai, Yueyatang and Qingyuntaing studios. It deals with pottery and porcelain from different historical periods, gold and silver jewellery, ancient coins, bamboo, wood and ivory carvings, hard wood furniture, painting and calligraphic works, rubbing from stone inscriptions and seals. Yueyatang Studio sells ancient arts and crafts.

Address: 64 Liulichang E. St.   Tel: 86-10-63017433.

If this has made you excited to shop in Beijing then Check out China Tours and book your flight and start shopping!

Jack Li
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