Shopping at China’s Silicon Valley

The best place to buy some electronic devices in Beijing is Zhong Guan Cun. This place is located in Haidian Disctrict between the 3rd and the 4th ring road. Zhong Guan Cun is a technology hub in this dicstrict, it is very famous all around China and it is also called the China’s Silicon Valley. […]

The best place to buy some electronic devices in Beijing is Zhong Guan Cun. This place is located in Haidian Disctrict between the 3rd and the 4th ring road. Zhong Guan Cun is a technology hub in this dicstrict, it is very famous all around China and it is also called the China’s Silicon Valley. This zone is mainly composed of education & research centers, high tech companies and markets. It is worth to see at night because of all the lights of the modern buildings and even by day, you would feel travelling to Shanghai, Hong Kong or to any other cities like that. It is definitely the best place to buy electronic devices at a good bargain.

There are 5 big electronic markets: Hailong Market, Guigu Market, Taipingyang Market, Dinghao Market and Kemao Market. These markets are in fact technology bazaars where you can find anything you need. They mainly sell computers, computer components, software, hardware, peripherals, tablets, mobile phones, accessories and cameras. Second-hand products are sold too, but you should be careful buying mobile phones for example, a lot of copies are available, so you should look more carefully before being fooled.

I first went there last week; I have heard that I could find enough good quality and cheap technology. Once out of the subway I felt like not being in the capital anymore, and I was quite lost in fact. I wanted to go there to buy an USB key and an additional extern rechargeable battery for my iPhone, so my phone would never be out of charge for my upcoming China tour. I watched for a while all the buildings behind me and casually step into a random building. The first impression that I had it’s that there were only Chinese people; I think that I haven’t seen any foreigners that day. I’ve never seen as much people carrying PC power stations like if it was shopping bags full of food in a supermarket. Like in any other place employees are welcoming you and ask you what you are looking for. But I didn’t know for who they work since the building is full of independent shops and stands, so I ignored them fearing that they want to make me pay a service that I didn’t need. They insisted a lot but they finally gave up and stop following us. So, we slowly walked through the alleys and discovered this “new world”. Yes, I used that word because most of the time I had no idea of what is sold in front of my eyes; components here and there. I think that this would be the Temple of Heaven for geeks. I finally found some USB key, I bought a 8Go key for only 35RMB. Then, I went to another stand to buy my rechargeable battery, at first she wanted to make me pay 260RMB but I finally got it at 160RMB. I don’t know what the product worth, but she told me that this was the best; I think that I’ll know the answer after my trip… Anyway it isn’t that expensive. By the way I think that I’m planning to buy an external hard drive and other software next time, and even buy some video games for my cousins.

No need to be fond of electronics and computer to appreciate these markets, just dive in this technological world! Don’t miss it if you travel to China.

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Sunny SOLANA

On May 18, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, More Places of Interest, Shopping, by Jack Li

As discussed in the earlier China travel-related article, ‘Negotiating the Markets’, Beijing is a smashing place to strike up some excellent bargains. Yet aside from haggle-factor, the city has some superb shopping complexes throughout the city which can, per se, entice people to travel to Beijing. Essentially, for a change from the historical albeit cultural […]

As discussed in the earlier China travel-related article, ‘Negotiating the Markets’, Beijing is a smashing place to strike up some excellent bargains. Yet aside from haggle-factor, the city has some superb shopping complexes throughout the city which can, per se, entice people to travel to Beijing.

Essentially, for a change from the historical albeit cultural experiences of what Beijing has to offer, perhaps take a trip to the SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park. So what is so special about this shopping mall and how does it differ from any other? Well, the answer is that this mall is has a fabulous design and is set is a one of the most beautiful locations in the city. SOLANA is situated on the cusp of Chaoyang Park, (the largest urban green space in Asia) and is a few minutes’ walk from Liangmaqiao subway station. From what I have seen, most malls in Beijing open later than Western malls; SOLANA is no exception, as with normal opening hours being 11am – hence there is no rush when visiting here.

The spaciousness of SOLANA makes the place feel airy feel and provides a safe environment. It is, therefore, a prime location to bring the family; even, would you believe, on a sunny day! The design of SOLANA is one of a European town (or as my American friend insisted, of a Californian mall). Whatever the place is meant to resemble, it is still one of the more exceptional malls I have visited in the city. The layout of the complex makes it manageable to maneuver with the place divided into thematic sections. In particular, the complex has designed a so-called ‘eight-shape route’ which allows customers to easily access all the shopping sections for convenience.

Having a Western-style, the SOLANA naturally has higher prices than the regular retail outlets in Beijing. However, if fashion is your thing, then this mall would definitely be a priority on your stay in Beijing. The Meridian Department Store at the end of the complex, for instance, is recommended for buying quality leather and jewelry. If you are staying in Beijing for some time, and you love to shop for luxury brands, then it might be worth considering investing in the SOLANA’s membership schemes to get the most out of your shopping experience.

It should be emphasised that SOLANA is not merely a paradise for shoppers. Indeed, it is also a place of entertainment, with a cinema and a chance to ice skate. Further to this, the complex is very family friendly and has a section dedicated to children called ‘Kidstown’. When I was visiting, for example, a really fun and creativity activity was going on for kids to paint huge Easter eggs. For a more mature outlook, SOLANA has a selection of classy bars and dining venues in which to choose. Dining Street and Landmark Wharf Bar Street are two notable examples. Landmark Wharf Bar Street is an especially attractive section of the complex as this is one of the few places to gaze out of the city, eat  some Western-style food, melt-away and absorb some jazz. Rest assured SOLANA is a pleasant getaway from the sometimes hectic city-life and more importantly, it location means it is nearby to an assortment of Beijing hotels.

 

 

 

 

Negotiating the Markets

On May 10, 2012, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Shopping, by Jack Li

Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best activities to undertake on a travel to Beijing is shopping at the cities markets. This article will only provide a taster of what is to be expected, because, in the end, it is something which must be witnessed in order to experience their extravagance. The […]

Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best activities to undertake on a travel to Beijing is shopping at the cities markets. This article will only provide a taster of what is to be expected, because, in the end, it is something which must be witnessed in order to experience their extravagance. The low prices of the items at the market do make me wonder whether people will (or do) take a China travel trip just to stock up on goodies. A few markets in which to explore include the Silk market, Yaxiu (Yashow) Market and the Pearl Market.

You may have heard of the phrase, ‘Buyer Beware’; well, in the case of these markets it is probably useful to adopt this approach. Most of the marketers are highly experienced and will seek out deals with foreigners. It is somewhat amusing to see how far the venders will go to secure a deal. For example, I bought a jacket at the Yaxiu market in which the seller would pour water over the product to prove the quality. I even have friends who have bought handbags, for example, and the salesperson has swiftly used a lighter on the product to demonstrate its authenticity.

Whatever the genuineness of the brands, the markets are still great places to buy low-cost items if you need to boost your wardrobe upon arrival to Beijing. If the stuff looks and feels okay, then I guess there is no major issue in purchasing. Compared to the other two markets, the Pearl Market felt slightly more civil in the sense that there was less beckoning from sellers to buy. Due to the character of the markets, it is necessary to haggle as these do not have fixed retail prices (so it is generally advisable not to compare prices to shops in your home country). Conversely, if you try to drive the price down too low then you may offend the seller and they will walk away.

As their names suggest, the Silk Market is known for selling silk and the Pearl market for pearls and these professions standout in both markets. It is enjoyable to observe the expertise of the tailors in the silk market preparing material and the dexterity of the pearl sellers stringing together a necklace. I can vouch that the silk section of the Silk Market does have a lot of choice, especially as I was able to buy a green tie (for Saint Patrick’s Day) for under 10RMB. Electronics and gadgets can be found at all the markets, but again, the durability may be best bought on the high-street.

If you are the type of person who is a self-admitted shopaholic, then perhaps this article has encouraged you on the internet to search Beijing flights. In that case, then to reach the Silk market, Yong’anli subway station, Exit A, is the best bet. Yaxiu Market is centred in Sanlitan, so is in a prime location if you also want to shop in the area. While the Pearl Market is straight oppose the Temple of Heaven so is acts as a complement to a full day out. As a hint, to get some of the best deals, it is worth shopping close to the shops’ closing time as this is when prices are slashed.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Wangfujing

On April 9, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, More Places of Interest, Shopping, by Jack Li

Wangfujing is situated in the centre of Beijing which makes it a perfect location for people to visit from anywhere in the city. To reach Wangfujing, visitors can take the line one of the subway and get off at Wangfujing station, exit A. Despite the bustling roads around Wanfujing, the pedestrianized layout of the area […]

Wangfujing is situated in the centre of Beijing which makes it a perfect location for people to visit from anywhere in the city. To reach Wangfujing, visitors can take the line one of the subway and get off at Wangfujing station, exit A. Despite the bustling roads around Wanfujing, the pedestrianized layout of the area means visitors can have a relatively relaxed shop. For international access to the city, some operators such as; China Airlines and Air China may be a useful way in which to get your trip started.

Commerce has flourished in the Wangfujing ever since the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). The name ‘Wangfujing’, however, actually arose later under the Ming dynasty from “Wang Fu”, meaning princely residence and “Jing” which means ‘well’. Relics of Wangfujing’s past can be found around the area. These include the ‘Wangfujing Well’ and the stunning, Romanesque-styled, Wangfujing Cathedral which was rebuilt in 1904. Walking down the main street will also provide an excellent opportunity to take some fun-snaps with the camera due to the fact that the street is dotted with statues which portray life in old-Beijing. Together with these reasons, and more mentioned below, this should hopefully influence your decision to go and travel to Beijing.

At 810 meters long and over 200 shops, Wangfujing is not short of retail outlets. On the main street, visitors can experience an array of modern shops where the latest products and designs can be found. If accessing the main street from the ‘south entrance’ (Wangfujing Nankou), visitors will pass the Oriental Plaza mall which, given by its size, can provide nearly everything a shopper desires. If you love reading books, then Wangfujing is probably the place for you. Indeed, the street has a strong connection with the written word. For example, Wangfujing was once named ‘Morrison Street’ after George Morrison, an Australian journalist. Whilst today the main street displays two fine bookstores which both sell western literature. Wangfujing Bookstore is the larger of the two stores and sells western material on the third floor with the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore being the other.

Visiting Wangfujing at night is certainly worth considering because this is when the main street is illuminated with fantastic neon colours. For instance, the Citizen Clock Tower certainly appears impressive towering over the street in the dark. Moreover, for those who have built up quite an appetite from shopping along the main street, there is always the option of venturing into Wangfujung Snack Street (Wangfujing XiaoChiJie) which comes alive after 6pm. As a note of warning, some of the foods here may be very different from what you may be used to (such as scorpion and sheep testicles). On the other hand, taking the opportunity to visit this food market will nevertheless enrich your experience of local culinary delights. Furthermore, the market serves some very tasty and popular treats like glazed fruit kebabs (Tanghulu) along with more ordinary foods like noodles.To make your experience of Wangfujing even more pleasurable, Beijing Hotels lists many luxury hotels near to the area.

 

Browsing Beijing

On April 6, 2012, in Beijing, Restaurants, Shopping, by Jack Li

Before jetting-off on holiday, it is well worth considering visiting Beijing with many of the great China Flights to choose from. Most visitors who travel to Beijing will probably visit the sights such as The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. Yet walk through the Beijing Gates, off Tiananmen Square, and surround yourself […]

Before jetting-off on holiday, it is well worth considering visiting Beijing with many of the great China Flights to choose from. Most visitors who travel to Beijing will probably visit the sights such as The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. Yet walk through the Beijing Gates, off Tiananmen Square, and surround yourself with the very best of what local Beijing has to offer. Here is where visitors can walk the main pedestrianized street called Qianmen Dajie which is set to resemble the late Qing-dynasty. One way in which to reach Qianmen Dajie is to travel by line 2 on the subway to Qianmen station.

Branching off from Qianmen Dajie, visitors can explore the many connecting hutongs at their leisure. Steeped in at least 500 years of history, this area exhibits a blend of old and new Beijing. For example, you could either choose from the selection of traditional teas from Zhangyiyuan Tea Shop, or go to Starbucks if you prefer. Needless to say, regardless of what the shops are trading, all the buildings appear in the glorious style of the old city.

There are many eating places in which to dine. Established in 1864, the Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant is undoubtedly the
most famous eating place along Qianmen Dajie. Without doubt, Qianmen Dajie and the nearby hutongs symbolise a vibrant mix of Chinese tradition and the city’s cosmopolitan nature. Other recognised dining experiences, for instance, include the Yitiaolong restaurant, an authentic Muslim restaurant which typically sells mutton. Alternatively, you do not need to travel far to discover a store selling beautiful Tibetan artwork.

Qianmen Dajie is not totally pedestrianized, as a visitor you may like to experience a ride on the street’s two trams. Since 2008, these trams have been restored and are now in operation after over forty years out of service. The main street of Qianmen Dajie is spacious, lively and family-friendly. Street sellers, for example, can be seen selling toy birds and many other quintessentially Chinese gadgets.

Some of the abovementioned attractions may be more expensive than other parts of the city, but nevertheless these are unique to Beijing. The more curious traveller can venture towards the hutongs surrounding Qianmen Dajie where you can find plenty of stalls, all shapes and sizes, to buy souvenirs. Unlike the larger stalls on Qianmen Dajie, the advantage of the hutongs is that you will able to haggle and discover some fascinating souvenirs at a lower price. Furthermore, if you are a keen shopper, you might like to try some of the famous clothing shops around the hutongs such as Beijing Silk Shop, Neiliansheng Shoeshop or Liulichang amongst others.

Indeed, for the backpacker-types there are hostels in the hutongs such as Helen’s café where many westerners can be found, which may be of interest. That said, accommodation in the city is altogether plentiful, and there are many superb Beijing Hotels.

Confessions of a Shopaholic in Beijing

On September 20, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, by Jack Li

China is notorious to the western world for being cheap. However, away from the markets and towards the highstreet and designer brands, you will be digging deep into your pockets to spend every last yuan with the exciting colours and fabrics that are avaliable! A Beijing tour is not complete without a day at the […]

China is notorious to the western world for being cheap. However, away from the markets and towards the highstreet and designer brands, you will be digging deep into your pockets to spend every last yuan with the exciting colours and fabrics that are avaliable! A Beijing tour is not complete without a day at the beautiful malls and experiencing Chinese fashion at its best. Beijing is no doubt one of the up and coming fashion capitals of the world and you are constantly surrounded by beautiful girls in unique clothes complete with weird and wonderful accessories and men in stylish get-ups that will make any fashionista jealous. So hop on a Chinese flight at get your wallets and purses at the ready!

 

Xidan is the ultimate shopping district and home to the infamous “Joy City” where there are a variety of shops from popular Chinese brands like Fengguo.com.cn and Sanrio Vivitix (the makers of Hello Kitty) to familiar UK brands such as Oasis and an even the Arsenal football team shop! Joy City is without doubt a…joyful… place to shop. It is the place where the local fashionable Beijingers shop who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the markets and have a bit more of a disposable income. Situated on 13 floors, this mall boasts having the largest digital cinema in China and the world’s longest escalator. To add to the fun of your shopping experience, there are mirrors bent into waves along some sides of the mall, reminiscent to that of a fun-house where your body’s image is twisted and contorted into all sorts of shapes and will leave you and your friends amused. After a couple of hours of hard shopping, it is time to visit one of the numerous food courts. A personal favourite of mine is a restaurant  “Babela’s Kitchen” where the menu is as thick as a book! They serve everything you could possibly imagine, suiting every palette  from pasta bakes to Chinese curried rice, all of it being reasonably priced and with excellent customer service. Their smoothie and Chinese tea selection are delicious.

Another lively shopping district is Sanlitun Village. This district is surrounded by a buzzing nightlife full of exciting bars and clubs as well as being in close proximity of the infamous Yashow market for those who want to get a bargain. The village is simply divided intotwo sections: The south being for high street brands and includes an apple store, 30 gourmet restaurants and a multi-plex cinema; and the north including more high-end fashion designers including Armani and Balenciaga, leaving every shopper satisfied and suiting their budgets.
For those with expensive taste. The China World Mall is home to all things glizty and glamorous. Just a few steps away from Guomao
subway station, you are standing amongst designers such as Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. The latest Mulberry Bag will set you back a whopping £1750! So if you are wanting to splash the cash, the China World Mall is for you. Situated in 3 zones, the mall caters for people with lower budgets by offering western food such as KFC as well as sporting an ice rink.

So travel to Beijing and experience China’s elaborate shopping malls and great sense of style.

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How to find the perfect present at the Beijing markets

On September 7, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Shopping, by Jack Li

      When you travel to Beijing, the markets are the perfect opportunity to get some little knick-knacks to take back home to your friends and family. However, amid the choice you have to sort out the winners from the binners.  Markets are located everywhere in the city and just a short walk away from a subway station and are highly […]

 

 

 

When you travel to Beijing, the markets are the perfect opportunity to get some little knick-knacks to take back home to your friends and family. However, amid the choice you have to sort out the winners from the binners.  Markets are located everywhere in the city and just a short walk away from a subway station and are highly recommended for any Beijing Tour.

 

 

Tips & Tricks

Be thorough: Before you start haggling for a product, triple check the product you are looking to buy: Does the bag have a detachable handle? Is the zip secure? Are there any marks? Are there any holes? etc etc.

Shop around: If you see similar products at other stalls, inquire at the quietest stall. A busier stall will mean that the sellers will be less likely to reduce the price. On inquiring about a bracelet at a busy stall, I was offered 180RMB and the seller would not go any lower. Having walked away and went to a quieter stall, I found the exact same bracelet and got it for 25RMB.

Lighter test: If you are ever buying what you think are leather goods, ask for a lighter and preform the leather lighter test. The obvious answer to whether the leather is fake or not is whether the seller will let you do it or not. Just to double check, slowly bring the flame to the product (preferably at the back or at the corner) and move it in a straight line. If the leather is real it will not leave a mark. If it is fake, it will burn.

Be patient: Getting a real good deal on the product will take some time, from my experience it can take anything from 5 to 20minutes to get the ideal price. From own experience, I have managed to haggle a coat down from 4000RMB (£400) to 200RMB (£20) by sticking to my price and only moving the price up in small steps and not very often.

Walk away: Walking away is one of the hardest but one the best things to do whilst you are haggling for a better price. You will always get the seller shouting “hey lady/mister!” at you or going to grab your arm to bring you back to the stall and offering you a lower price. They will come out with all sort of elaborate phrases like “Ahhh! Lady! I make no money! You make me poor!” but match them with their obscenities. My personal favourite is “I am a poor student!”

Group deals: If you are in a group, try to get the price lower by asking for a “group deal”. This has worked for me on many occasions were I can get the price even lower if there are 2 or 3 of your friends buying similar products from the same stall.

 

Market shopping and haggling is an enjoyable experience that Westerners are not used to. Just a short walk away from your Beijing Hotel, you will find some small market stalls. The most established markets (like the Silk Market and Yashow) are on 6 floors and similar to a department store. Just make sure that you are getting the best possible quality to avoid disappointment!

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What to bring from China

On July 6, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Shopping, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

After you have climbed the Great Wall, explored all the nooks and crannies of the Forbidden City and Shanghai Bund, saluted the terracotta warriors in Xi’an and cruised Yangtze River and the time has come to think about what’s gonna bring back memories of your trip to China in the years to come. Though ‘I […]

After you have climbed the Great Wall, explored all the nooks and crannies of the Forbidden City and Shanghai Bund, saluted the terracotta warriors in Xi’an and cruised Yangtze River and the time has come to think about what’s gonna bring back memories of your trip to China in the years to come. Though ‘I <3 HK’ T-shirt, panda phone charm or another almost Gucci bag are nice souvenirs, there are many stunning items you can get uniquely in China. Get the fullest experience with China Travel.

Certain souvenirs can be bought all over the country, while other ones are best to get in a particular region.  The first souvenir you should consider buying is silk. Being a birthplace of silk, China is famous all over the world for its fine quality and wide variety. It is mostly sold in form of Chinese gown (chi pao), clothes or other accessories. You can get it anywhere in China, however the best silk products are produced in Hangzhou, Sichuan, Suzhou and Dandong.

Tea is also an excellent idea for a souvenir. Drinking tea has a long history in China and there are many varieties available. Chinese tea can be divided into 6 categories: black tea (e.g. Keemun tea, green tea (e.g. Dragon Well tea, produced near West Lake), white tea (grown almost exclusively in China, e.g. Silver Needle tea), scented tea (e.g. jasmine tea), oolong and brick tea (e.g. puer tea). It is a good idea is to get a few kinds of tea, as many of them are available only in China. They differ not only in taste, but also in shape. Therefore, tea preparation is a real art which makes tea even more valuable as a gift!

China is a place where you will encounter the most beautiful art and crafts in the world: , bronze ware; lacquer ware; printed or dyed fabrics; folk toys; Beijing cloisonné; Jiangxi porcelain; embroidery from Suzhou, Hunan, Guangdong and Sichuan; colourful pottery from Yunnan; masks, knives, carpets and religious artefacts from Tibet and Xinjiang; to give you just a few ideas! Not to mention paintings on scrolls: watercolour or court-style; calligraphy and the ‘four treasures of study’: brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper (for you to try Chinese calligraphy by yourself!). In this category all comes to your invention – the variety is simply that big!

Finally, China is famous for its jade and pearls. Jade symbolizes beauty, power, perfection and immortality in Chinese culture and is accepted as a sign of good luck. You can get it in various forms:  jewellery, figures, jade pillow and more. The best jade is said to be produced in Xinjiang, Henan and Hubei.  Chinese pearls are of exceptionally high quality and can be bought at lower price than in other countries.  The most desirable varieties include Akoya pearls from Zhejiang and South Sea pearls from Hainan.

To get the best and most genuine souvenirs, one would have to travel through the whole China. Check China Flights to how to different parts of the country. Fortunately, majority of items described above are available in bigger cities. Stalls at local markets usually sell jade, art, crafts and tea gear. Tea can be bought in either teashops or tea stalls in a market. In Beijing, you will find all of the souvenirs at the Silk Market (products may be of lower quality) and the Pearl Market (here you can get good quality jade and pearls). For more genuine souvenirs, go to the Panjiayuan Weekend Market. Visitors to Shanghai are recommended to shop at Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market as well as at Dongtai Road Market. Be prepared to pay quite a lot for the high quality products. You may get a bargain if you buy items in a factory (e.g. Jade Factory near Beijing).

Fashion in Beijing

On July 6, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

Emerging from years of isolation China has opened its barriers to the world, as can be seen in the multiple service providers encouraging travel and tourism in China (Air China, and China Tours) just to name a few! WIth this, in little time has risen as a key player in the World Economy, proving to be […]

Emerging from years of isolation China has opened its barriers to the world, as can be seen in the multiple service providers encouraging travel and tourism in China (Air China, and China Tours) just to name a few! WIth this, in little time has risen as a key player in the World Economy, proving to be a force not to be reckoned with. As can be seen with the establishment of tourist friendly China Tours.  Now it is  time for China to materialize into the ‘fifth’ fashion capital in the world.

China’s Fashion Week

At this year’s China’s Fashion Week, with rival Fashion Capitals such as New York and Paris absent, Chinese designers of both traditional and modern Chinese attire were able to shine in a showcase of their talent. Including designs from Tsai Meiyn, Donoratiro, Lea Seong, Cabeen and
Gioia Pan just to name a few. Upon your arrival in China, the Chinese Fashion Week should be at the top of your to do list.

China’s Markets

After being inspired by the fashion shows, or the fashionable attire of the younger generation when simply exploring Beijing, you are sure to feel motivated to create your own designs and do your own personal styling. The markets and shopping centres of Beijing will cater perfectly for this; markets include: Beijing Zoo Clothing Market, Daliushu Guanxi Market, Silk Market, Ya Xiu, Xidan Beidajie and Yandai Xieji.

If you enjoy the flashy designers of the West such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs you will be delighted with what these Markets have to offer here in Beijing. You will be able to find your favourite designers at 1/100 of the price, whilst putting into practice your bargaining skills. The markets provide an excitable and fascinating experience for both those living in China and those visiting China.

However if  bargaining isn’t your thing and you would much prefer to dig deep and search for valuables then the Dalishu Guanxin Market may be more suitable. Whilst the silk market may charge 300 to 90 RMB you will find even more unbelievable bargains at the Daliushu Guanxin Market with converse trainers priced between 20-30RMB.

Shopping Malls

Alternatively Beijing also boasts several luxury shopping Malls, one of which (Oriental Plaza) being one the largest shopping malls in Asia. So if the markets are not your scene and you are seeking a more luxurious shopping experience, or are simply interested to see how the other half live, be sure to visit one of Beijing’s luxurious malls. These malls include Shin King Place, Seasons Place, Xidan Joy City and Youyi Shopping City.

Beijing has something to offer for all of the family, whilst the parents and grandparents are off, on a tour of China, you are promised a truly cultural, exciting, and unique shopping experience
in Beijing. So if you hold great interest in fashion, shopping or simply enjoy bargain hunting Beijing is the city for you. With Beijing on the constant rise now is the time to visit with increasingly cheap flights and endless deals on hotels with China Hotels, why wouldn’t you visit?

 

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Touring 24 Hours in Beijing from Morning till Night

On November 3, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Cultural Experience, Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Montreal is known as the non-sleep city in Canada, while its capital Ottawa is more like a silent village. However, when you Travel to Beijing, the capital of China, you will experience a totally different style, or complex styles combining traditional culture and modern trends. There are a lot of events, places and activities you […]

Montreal is known as the non-sleep city in Canada, while its capital Ottawa is more like a silent village. However, when you Travel to Beijing, the capital of China, you will experience a totally different style, or complex styles combining traditional culture and modern trends. There are a lot of events, places and activities you can do from the morning till night for 24 hours in Beijing. This article will give you some thoughts about what to do once you have left the Beijing Hotels.

Early Morning. The essential part for Beijing tours must include viewing the Flag-raising ceremony in Tian’an Men square. There will be 60 soldiers playing Chinese national anthem lively on 1st, 11st, 21st each month, while other normal days will be play the songs. A team of strictly-selected 38 escort soldiers for the flag is responsible for raising flags. The exact time for this ceremony is flexible according to the report of sun-rising time from national observatory bureau. Usually, it starts at 7 am in winters and begins at 4:30am in summers. After the raising-flag ceremony, you can visit Tian’an Men Tower, Monument of the People’s Heros, Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall is open to public from 8:30am to 11:30am from Tuesday to Sunday and 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday. It is free but you need to reserve belongs at the entrance. You can take subway line 1 to Tian’an Men East or Tian’an Men West station. Or take bus route 2, 5, 20, 120,126 or 210 to arrive at the same station.

Afternoon Shopping and Food. Take the subway line 1 to Yong An Li Station which is three stations away from Tian’an Men Square. This has the most famous market “Silk Market”. Here you could buy every traditional Chinese gifts, clothes and food here with high qualities, such as the silk, pearl, china, tea, crafts and Beijing Duck. Except for the products, you can alsoexperience the typical Chinese bargaining conversations: “How much is it?””RMB 1000 yuan? No, that’s too much!””RMB 300 yuan or I don’t buy it!””No, that is too low, I don’t have any profits.””OK,OK, that’s fine, take it by 400 yuan. I have never sold it at this low price.” Silk Market was at first known as selling high quality of fake brand products. But now it has the real brand name products, famous Chinese traditional food, and western style café. Since Silk Market is a must-see attraction spot for visitors, many celebrities have visited and bought stuff here. For example, George Bush and his daughter bought 6 hand-made silk pajamas with Chinese traditional patterns: Phoenix and Dragon.

Night Life. The night life in Beijing has much more funs than Montreal. If you are a pub fan, you should not miss San Li Tun Pub Street. There are nearly 80 night clubs here. Because it is close to the embassies area, people who are in San Li Tun clubs came from various countries and with different culture backgrounds. The clubs can be silent, or noisy and there are a lot of options for you. Popular clubs are The tree, The Den, Mix Club, Kai Club. And some of the clubs locate in the Hu Tong, which is the traditional cultural architecture in Beijing. The operation time for these clubs is usually from afternoon till midnight. The direction is to take Bus route 113, 115, 406, 416, 431, 701, 758 and get off at San Li Tun. It is also in the same district (Chao Yang District) as two places above, so you could also take taxis to get here.

These places provide options for your 24-hour visit of China Tours. If you want to know more interesting places in Beijing or other cities in China, you can visit our blog section and read more about this.

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