There's a lot to see and buy in Panjiayuan, you wouldn't want to miss it when you're in Beijing. This market sells antiques (of course), arts, crafts, furnitures, ceramics, semi-precious stones, old books, and many other interesting things.
What's unique about this market is that traders from different provinces and regions in China have stalls here.
The mandatory group photo before shopping starts!
On the far right, that's our guide Jamie.
Established initially as a flea market run by small traders in a Chaoyang hutong in 1980, it moved to its present location in 1995.
Beijingers in need of money in the 1980s were the first to take artworks from their family collections to the market to sell at the weekends. Such trading among individuals was forbidden at the time, and everyone kept a watchful eye out for police at all times.
In the early days, the open-air market would open for only a few hours every day. It was also called "ghost market," which means black market. The market for rare artwork developed fast. By 1990, the narrow hutong lanes were so crowded at the weekends that traders moved their "stalls" to a small patch of woods beside the Panjiayuan Bridge.
Hiding in the woods, hawkers spread out antiques in the shadows of boulders. Many of them were farmers from suburban Beijing or nearby provinces who sold items they had scraped together from their villages.
It was only in 1994 that trade in art and auctions were legalized.
Look at these teapots! I wanted to buy all of them!
You can also find a lot of artworks here -- from the beautiful to the strange.
Carry one of those terracotta warrior replicas home.
It is okay to haggle here. Some say offer 20% less than what the vendor is asking.
I say, start at 50% and work from there.
Traditional chinese art materials are also sold here.
How beautiful are these leather luggages? :)
8:30am - 6:00pm (Monday to Friday)
4:30am - 6:00pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Note: Only some of the permanent shops are open from Monday to Friday.
The flea market is open only on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Hotel: Days Inn Tiananmen Square with breakfast
Tour Guide + Transpo + Lunch
Airfare: Cebu Pacific
more or less $1,200/person
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Our tour guide Jamie Wang speaks english
and is knowledgeable about China's history and tourist spots.
He was very helpful and nice and honest.
If you plan to visit Beijing and would need a guide,
email him at email@example.com
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