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Shopping in Beijing

Beijing is a shopper's paradise, especially for bargain hunters. Chaoyang district in the city's east has huge markets, with Ya Show Market selling cheap clothes near Sanlitun street, and Panjiayuan Market selling a bizarre range of knick-knacks and real antiques. In the west of the city are Financial Street and the high-class Seasons Place Mall. Nanluoguxiang, near Houhai Lake in the centre, is full of funky boutiques like Plastered T-shirts.

3.3 Fashion Mall, Beijing. &copy 3.3 Mall
Seasons Place Mall, Beijing. © Seasons Place
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Seasons Place Mall

Top-name shops

Seasons Place Mall in Xicheng houses 120 luxury shops, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Versace, and Hong Kong's Lane Crawford store. It may not be any cheaper than elsewhere, but it's interesting to see how luxury is arriving in China.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-9pm

Address

2, Jinchengfang Jie (opposite the Westin Hotel), Xicheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6622 0888

Transport

Taxi

Website

Seasons Place Mall Website

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Shanghai Tang

Fashion trailblazer

Shanghai Tang is one of China's biggest fashion brands with its mix of traditional and modern design. At this branch in Dongcheng, expect traditional qipao dresses, jackets, scarves and other accessories in bright colours like lime green and shocking pink.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-9.30pm

Address

1, East Chang An Avenue (Grand Hyatt Beijing), Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8518 7228

Transport

Taxi

Website

Shanghai Tang Website

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Plastered T-shirts

Original kitsch

Owned by a British-Canadian couple, Plastered T-shirts in Dongcheng sells originally designed tops with a kitschy twist. The designs have become iconic among Beijing's young set, especially the simple 'I love BJ' T-shirt. T-shirts generally cost around RMB100.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-10pm

Address

61, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 134 8884 8855

Transport

Taxi

Website

Plastered t-shirts Website

3.3 Fashion Mall, Beijing. &copy 3.3 Mall
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3.3 Fashion Mall

Quirky fashion boutiques

The six-storey 3.3 Fashion Mall, close to Sanlitun Bar Street, is crammed with quirky fashion boutiques, often from local designers. Look out for funky second hand clothes on the 3rd floor and Jimmy Choo shoe shop on the 3rd floor.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

Address

33, Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6417 3333

Transport

Taxi

Website

3.3 Fashion Mall Website

Shard Box Store, Beijing. &copy Shard Box Store
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Shard Box Store

Cultural Revolution relics

This charming shop in Chaoyang specialises in shard boxes made from fragments of porcelain smashed during the Cultural Revolution. Shard Box Store also sells jewellery gathered from Tibetan and Mongolian regions, as well as locally crafted pieces.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-7pm

Address

1, Ritan Bei Lu (continue east from northeast corner of Ritan Park), Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8561 3712

Transport

Taxi

Ya Show Market, Beijing. &copy Toby Skinner
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Ya Show Market

Foreigner's meeting place

The vast Ya Show Market, close to Sanlitun Bar Street, sells a great range of clothing and accessories. Pick up high quality fake jackets and dresses, tailor-made suits and jewellery. There are also leather shoes in Western sizes.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-8.30pm

Address

58, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6415 1726

Transport

Taxi

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Panjiayuan Market

Bric-a-brac market

A fascinating mix of real and rip-off, Panjiayuan Market in Chaoyang is classic China. Stalls are crowded with bronze tripods, 1920s cigarette posters and black-and-white photos discarded from Cultural Revolution-era family albums. Be sure to bargain hard.



Opening Hours

Daily 8.30am-5pm (4.30am-5pm Sat & Sun)

Address

200, Panjiayuan Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6774 1869

Transport

Taxi

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Nei Lian Sheng Xiedian

Rare shoes

It's hard to find qianceng buxie ('thousand layer happy shoes'), but Nei Lian Sheng Xiedian workshop in Qianmen has been producing them since 1853. The shoes are comfortable and well-stitched, and there are pretty women's shoes based on Qing fashions.



Opening Hours

Daily 9am-8.30pm

Address

34, Dazhalan Jie, Qianmen district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6301 4863

Transport

Taxi; Metro Qianmen

Guang Han Tang, Beijing. &copy Guang Han Tang
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Guang Han Tang

Real deal antique furniture

In a charming courtyard house in a derelict factory, Guang Han Tang in Chaoyang sells genuine antique Chinese furniture. Rosewood pieces command the highest prices but prices are still low enough that pieces are still a bargain with shipping costs.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-6pm

Address

319, Caochangdi, Nan Gao, East Da Shanzi Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing 100015

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8456 7945

Transport

Taxi

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