Walking Tour: Popular Markets in Beijing, Beijing (Self Guided)

Markets in Beijing are great places to get acquainted with locals. Many markets operate through the night so if you are out late enjoying the nightlife, don't forget to stop by to purchase unique items that are not found in shops or malls. Take the following tour to discover the most popular markets in Beijing:
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Walking Tour: Popular Markets in Beijing Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Popular Markets in Beijing
Guide Location: China » Beijing (See other walking tours in Beijing)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 3
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: nataly
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Silk Market

1) Silk Market (must see)

Tourists visiting Beijing rarely go back without shopping at the famous Beijing Silk Market. This market is very unique and exudes a purely Chinese ambiance. The atmosphere here is vibrant with enthusiastic, voracious and persistent salesmen trying to surpass each other in selling their goods.

The Silk Market has been in existence for the past 26 years. Originally, it started as a street market selling cheesy souvenirs and fake luxury goods. The current market was constructed in 2005 after the old market was demolished. The current market covers a total area of over 30,000 square meters. At least 3000 people sell goods from 1,600 shops and stalls.

On the 1st and 2nd floors, you will find women’s and men’s clothing. The ground floor is exclusively for foreigners and the 3rd floor is filled with shops selling children’s clothing, carpets and bedding.

The 4th floor has shops that sell jewelry, electronics, watches, crafts and toys. The 5th floor is full of jewelry shops. If you can afford it and have a penchant for attractive jewelry, you will really enjoy browsing around. Do not forget to visit the basement where you will find a variety of hats, suitcases, leather gear and shoes.

Tip:
If you need good quality, prescription eyeglasses made quickly and well-priced, this is the place. If you go early enough, your glasses will be ready in a few hours!
Otherwise, try purchasing something that you like, at a price that seems fair to you, but do prepare for loud & pushy sellers and make sure you thoroughly inspect whatever it is you are buying.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-9pm
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Yabaolu Market

2) Yabaolu Market

Starting from Chaoyangmenwai, Yabaolu Market runs through right up to Jianguomenwai. A very popular market in Beijing, Yabaolu market features Ritan Park to its west and Beijing Children’s Hospital to its south. This market is popularly referred to as the “Russian Market” as it was previously situated in the Russian quarter of the city. Yabaolu Market is similar to the Chinese Street market. As you enter the market, you will find many shops selling items such as toys, clothes, edibles and seafood. As with most other markets in Beijing, you will be better off with bargaining skills here. The name Yabaolu means “elegant treasure road”. This road was originally called “Mute man’s Alley” or Yaba Hutong. At the northern side of the market, you can find many semi-resident Russian traders. These traders are from Siberia and they have formed their own ethnic and cultural group here. This part of the market is called Russia town. Surprisingly you will find businesses here featuring Russian written names. Many contemporary, modern markets have emerged at Yabaolu Market after the Beijing Olympics. These include the You-Town and Chaowai-Men. These shops predominantly cater to retail shoppers. Tourists enjoy browsing around this popular market in Beijing.
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Shantung Silk

3) Shantung Silk

This shop sits among the hutongs of Dongcheng District. In this small silk market, you will find a gorgeous selection of imported and local silks of the highest quality. You can purchase beautiful, finished silk clothing or order something to be custom-made or adjusted for you. The shop is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

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