Most Famous Antique Markets in Beijing

Beijing had been an ancient capital for hundreds of years in the history. Therefore, the trade and culture development is quite prosperous. For those who are fond of collecting, antique market is a must go destination in Beijing, not only to find interesting antique things, but also a great way to get to know the local life. There are some most famous antique markets in Beijing, including Liulichang Street, Panjiayuan Antique Market, Baoguo Temple Street, etc.

Liulichang Street

• Address: Liulichang Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing
• Main Items: ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, ink stones and ink.
• How to get there: Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Hepingmen Stop; Take Bus 7, 14. 15, 45, 66 and get off at Liulichang Stop; or take 102, 105, 603 and get off at Hufang Bridge.
Liulichang Street
Liulichang Street

Liulichang Street is one of the most famous cultural streets for its ancient books, paintings, rubbings, calligraphy, ink stones and ink throughout China and even in the world. It is only about 800 meters long. It was originally formed in Qing Dynasty.

It is a popular destination for tourists who want to experience the commercial aspect of popular Chinese folk artwork in Beijing without the bustling traffic. 
 
Panjiayuan Antique Market

• Address: west of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring Road
• Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm from Monday to Friday; 4:30 am - 6:30 pm Saturday and Sunday
Panjiayuan Antique Market
Panjiayuan Antique Market

Panjiayuan Antique Market is regarded as the largest flea market in China. It is located in the southeast of Beijing Third Road and covers a total area of more than forty-eight thousand five hundred square meters. There is a very wide range of business here. The major antique items here include jewelery, antique furniture, Chinese "Four Treasures of the Study" (writing brush, ink stick, paper and ink slab), ancient paintings, old books and daily necessities. Here is a wonderful place to appreciate and purchase antiques, crafts, collectibles, and decorations. There are thousands of people coming to this place every day. For foreigners who come to Beijing for the first time, there are three must dos: visiting the Great Wall, taste Beijing Roasted Duck and stroll around Panjiayuan Antique Market. This market is a paradise for those whose are fond of collecting antiques.

It used to be a weekend-only market. However, after some refurbishment work, it is now open for business seven days a week. But Saturdays and Sundays are still the best days to go. 
 

Hongqiao Market
• Address: Tiantan East Road, Chongwen District, Beijing
Hongqiao Market
Hongqiao Market

Hongqiao Market enjoy the most convenient transport. It is located near downtown Beijing and just near to Temple of Heaven. Here not only sells antique crafts and folk products, but also pearls, clothing, shoes, etc. The biggest feature of this market is that here sells pearl jewelry in supreme quality. The pearl products here rich with reliable quality, more importantly, the price is reasonable. It attracts a large number of domestic and foreign visitors to come every day.

Beijing Antique City

• Address: 21 East Third Ring South Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing Antique City
Beijing Antique City

Beijing Antique City is the largest antiques trading center in this country. There are all kinds of antiques for you to enjoy here, including pottery, jewelry, jade, calligraphy and painting, gold and silver and bronze, bamboo carving stone teeth, stationeries, Buddha and other miscellaneous pieces, etc.

Tips

►If you would like to buy something in the antique market, you should learn to bargain with the sellers. Sometime, you can save a lot of money by skillful bargaining.

►Some of things selling in the market are fakes. You should figure out what's true while trading.