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Beijing markets overview
pearl market

Pearl market

Pore over thousands of gleaming pearls of different colors, textures and sizes at the best pearl market in Beijing. Take your pick from freshwater and farm grown pearls, and have them strung onto a necklace or mounted on a ring.

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Yaxiu market

Choose a new outfit at this enormous clothing bazaar spread over four floors. Beijing’s best tailors have their shops and stalls at Yaxiu, so it’s a great place to find one-off outfits or beautiful fabric to take home.

Silk market

Silk market

Haggle for silk souvenirs and learn about the art of silk-making at one of Beijing’s most colorful markets. This 500-meter-long stretch of Xiushui is the best place to buy silk in the capital. With 300 shops and stalls crowded along its length, the street sells everything from bolts of cloth to bags, scarves, and hats.

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Electronics market

Get some bargain buys at this ultra-modern appliance market. From hard-drives to mobile phones, watches and clocks, you’ll find every electronic device you could imagine among the many stalls.

antiques market

Antiques market

Take home a souvenir with a difference from this bazaar of curios and knickknacks. From old copies of Chairman Mao’s “little red book” to jade statues and military badges, browsing is just as much fun as buying.

Night food market

Night food market

Taste some of the city’s more exotic culinary offerings at this atmospheric night market. Beijing might be best known for roast duck, but head down to Wangfujing Street at night for a taste of the more adventurous side of the capital’s cuisine – including scorpions, seahorses, and insects!

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Taste some of Beijing’s more exotic culinary offerings at this atmospheric night market.

Beijing might be best known for roast duck, but head down to the night market on Wangfujing Street for a taste of the more adventurous side of the capital’s cuisine. Located where Wangfujing Street meets Jinyu hutong (alley), the market sells everything from candied fruit to exotic sea creatures on sticks.

During the day, Wangfujing Street is a bustling commercial boulevard lined with shops and department stores. When night falls, the stall-holders come out and the aroma of barbecues starts to waft in the air. Most of the “xiao chi” (small food) is served on kebab skewers, from regular lamb and beef to scorpion, starfish, and even insects. Try it if you dare!

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