Walking Tour: Shopping in Downtown Beijing (Self Guided), Beijing

The downtown section of Beijing is famous for its shopping areas. You will be impressed with the diverse selection of stores on each street, ranging from flea markets to specialty shops offering authentic Chinese products. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent shopping spots in Beijing:
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Walking Tour: Shopping in Downtown Beijing Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Shopping in Downtown Beijing
Guide Location: China » Beijing (See other walking tours in Beijing)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles
Author: nataly
Hongqiao Market – The Pearl Market

1) Hongqiao Market – The Pearl Market

What to buy here: Chinese ceramics | Chinese chop | Chinese Jade | Chinese jewelry | Chinese silk | Chinese tea | Chinese Traditional Clothing | Cloisonne Objects | Yixing clay teapots | Zhongguo Jie (Chinese knots) |

-The Chinese chop is a signature stamp made of stone or wood, sometimes metal or ivory. It is usually either square or circular in shape and almost always stamped with red ink. The chop was invented during the Shang dynasty and has since become an important part of Chinese culture. Traditionally, all business transactions had to be signed with a chop and to date no business can be done without the use of a chop, it is necessary to sign any agreement or contract. The Chinese chop is also used by Chinese artists in order to sign their works. Anyone can have their names translated into Chinese characters in order to make such a chop. The price for a Chinese chop is within $10, but it may cost more if the chop is made of precious stone.

-Yixing clay teapots are a traditional style of teapots made of Yixing clay that have been produced since the 15th century. The Yixing teapots are meant to be used with black, oolong or pu'er tea, but may also be used with green and white tea. They are highly appreciated in China for their unique capability of absorbing the flavor of the tea that was made in it and adding from it to the next tea. That is why one pot is usually used for one single type of tea. If the pot has been used for years to make pu'er tea and then another kind of tea is made, it will have a taste of pu'er tea. These kind of pots may only be washed with boiled water, because if washed with soap or any other cleaning agent, it will retain its taste and the tea will taste like it. Since Yixing clay teapots are highly appreciated they tend to be more expensive than regular pots, the price for a Yixing clay teapot is approximately $30 to $40, but you may also find teapots that cost up to $1000.
Jingdezhen Artistic Porcelain Outlet

2) Jingdezhen Artistic Porcelain Outlet

Jingdezhen Artistic Porcelain Outlet occupies the first floor of the Tai Feng Hui Zhong Mansion. This wonderful shop offers an outstanding collection of porcelain ware made in Jingdezhen, the famous porcelain city in China. The store has a 70-year history and a reputation of being a place with high quality products. You can find everything from exclusive and expensive large ornate porcelain pots to lovely much less expensive porcelain souvenirs.
Dashilanr Street

3) Dashilanr Street

A trip to Beijing is incomplete without a visit to the attractive and popular Dashilanr Street. This is the busiest street in Beijing where you will find many traditional, ancient, unique Chinese buildings. In the olden times, this 275 meter long street was called Guanyinsi Street.

Walk on this street and you will be transported right back to those ancient times. There are a total of 8 shops in existence for a long time. Some of the prominent shops include Zhang Yiyuan, Tong Ren Tang, Gou Buli Baozi and Daguan Lou. Dashila features so many shoe shops that it is sometimes referred to as Shoe Street. You can find one of the most popular shoe shops in Tianjin, Laomeihua in this street.

There is no comparing the warmth in the atmosphere here with the old, ancient nostalgic buildings, the brick road and traditional Beijing atmosphere at Dashila Street. Right from olden times, shops in this area were highly recommended. For example Zhang Yiyuan is well known for tea, Heng Deli for watches, Nei Liansheng for shoes, Liubiju for pickles, Zheng Mingzhai for snacks and Ma juyuan for hats.

Decorated with brilliant lights and flags, Dashila Street is a picturesque delight at night. Do not miss a visit to this unique and interesting street on your trip to Beijing.
Qian Xiang Yi

4) Qian Xiang Yi

What to buy here: Chinese silk.

The history of silk began in ancient China, when according to legend, empress Leizu made the discovery as a silk cocoon fell into her tea. At first, silk was only reserved for use at the imperial court and, on occasion, as gifts from them. Later, it spread rapidly and became a very popular luxury fabric. Silk was in great demand and for a while China was the only country to supply it. However, in time, production began in neighboring Korea and India as well. Nowadays, there are a great variety of silk-made articles available, from clothing to household items; and while sometimes buying genuine silk garments may prove to be quite expensive, it is always a good idea to buy silk household accessories, like cushions or bags. Silk items cost from $40.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:00-20:30
Xindong'an Market

5) Xindong'an Market

What to buy here: Beijing Dough Figurines.

Beijing dough figurines are a traditional handicraft, they are made of wheat and glutinous rice flour, and carved with a small bamboo knife. The dough figurines have a high artistic value for the locals and may be compared to Chinese sculpture. Although an ancient handicraft, it hasn't received widespread attention until the Qing dynasty, and only became truly popular at the beginning of the 21st century. The figurines are made on different occasions throughout the year and are used as gifts for children. Please keep in mind that there are edible and inedible dough toys. These can be found in abundance at temple fairs during the Spring Festival.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:00-21:30

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles
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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 Km or 6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles

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