November 22, 2012

Beijing | Panjiayuan Antique Market.

We started Day 3 in Beijing with a trip to the Panjiayuan Antique Market. The weather was beautiful that day and the trip to the market was, thankfully, very pleasant. The market has about 3,000 stalls, we easily could've spent the entire morning there. Thanks to our guide Jamie who gave us a time limit. Still, we were able to buy so many beautiful things, Jamie was very amused when he saw us with our loot.

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.
{from china.org.cn}


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.
{from china.org.cn}

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.



Bargaining:
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? :)



Business Hours:
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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BUDGET
(six days in Beijing):
Hotel: Days Inn Tiananmen Square with breakfast
Tour Guide + Transpo + Lunch
Airfare: Cebu Pacific
Pocket Money

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 jamiewglory@hotmail.com

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Chinese Visa Application

Tourist/Family Visit Visa Requirements:
  • Valid passport.
  • Completed Application Form.
  • One (1) passport or 2x2 photo glued on the application form. (Do not staple. Stapled photos will not be accepted). Photo must be colored, white background, front view, no hat.
  • U.S. Passport-holders must submit two (2) duly-accomplished application forms & two (2) photos
  • Invitation letter with your host's valid Chinese residence visa and passport information page or Chinese national identity card.
Additional requirements for first time visa applicants
(Philippine residents, 18 years old and above):
  1. Original NBI Clearance valid for travel abroad.
  2. Original Bank Certificate with receipt or updated passbook.
  3. If a company is sponsoring your trip, provide the company's Bank Certificate, letter of sponsorship,and the company's business registration.
  4. If an individual is sponsoring your trip, provide that person's Bank Certificate, letter of sponsorship & invitation, copy of that person's valid residence visa, passport information page or Chinese national identity card.
  5. For employed persons, submit Employment Certificate, company ID, SSS ID and contributions, TIN ID, and latest ITR.
  6. For students, provide school ID.
  7. For business owners, provide business registration of company, TIN ID and latest ITR.
  8. Personal appearance is required for those who are 16-21 years old.
  9. Emergency contact information at the back of your passport must be filled out and photocopied.
  10. Other documents required by visa officers if necessary.
For second-time visa applicants:

Submit filled out application form with 2x2 photo and a valid passport.

Visa Fees:

Philippine Passport
Single Entry: Php1400 | Double Entry: Php2100 | Multiple Entry (6 months): Php2800 |
Multiple Entry (12 months): Php4200

US Passport
Single Entry or Multiple Entry: Php6500

All other foreign passports
Single Entry: Php1700 | Double Entry: Php2550 | Multiple Entry (6 months): Php3400 |
Multiple Entry (12 months): Php5100

Processing Time:
  • Four working days.
  • You can request a one day processing for an additional Php1700 fee.
  • Or a three-day processing for an additional Php1100 fee.
How to Apply:

Bring complete requirements to the Consular Office or you can send a travel agent to act on your behalf.
Your representative must bring an authorization letter and a valid ID.

2nd & 3rd Floor,
The World Center
330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue,
Makati City

Visa Section:
Fax: 632 8482386
Inquiry: 632 8482395 (Weekdays 08:30-10:30 | 14:00-16:00)
Email: chinavisamanila@yahoo.com

Visa Exemptions:
  • Holders of Diplomatic or Government/Official passports entering/exiting for a period not exceeding 30 days.
  • Passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan visiting China (sightseeing, business, transit) for up to 15 days.
  • Anyone holding a booked seat at an international airline flying directly to China, transiting less than 24 hours without leaving the airport.
  • Passport holders from the following countries -- transiting through Pudong Airport or Hongqaio airport provided they have booked seats, confirmed flights to their final destination, valid visas to other countries they are visiting, and only stay in Shanghai for 48 hours -- Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece.
  • Passport holders of the following countries joining a tour group to Hainan Province (staying not more than 15 days): Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
All information were grabbed from the Chinese Embassy's official WEBSITE. Go visit!

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