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Beijing Shopping

What to buy?

As the capital city of the Five Dynasties of China, Beijing has a history of over thousands of years. It was known as a metropolis with developed businesses and a prosperous economy since ancient times. Many skillful craftsmen settled the area long ago, and passed down their excellent skills generation by generation. We can still find the traditional handcrafts with typical eastern features in the many business streets and markets. Cloisonné, Ivory Carving, Jade and Lacquer are known as the four best traditional handiworks of Beijing. In addition, Curios, Silk, Pearls, Snuff Bottles with Pictures Inside, and Artificial Flowers are also worth buying and well liked by tourists. Candied Fruits and confectionaries of all kinds will make your mouth water, and are wonderful presents for friends.

Where to buy?

1. Four largest business zones in Beijing:
Wangfujing Avenue, Qianmen, Xidan Commercial Area and Dongsi

2. Some featured business streets:
Hongqiao Pearl Market, Xiushui (Silk) Street, Other Pedestrian Streets

3. Search Shopping Places by catalogue:

Beijing Antique Markets Beijing Wholesale Markets Beijing Department Stores
Beijing Featured Stores Beijing Supermarkets Beijing Book Stores
Beijing Capital Internaional Airport Duty Free Shops

Other Pedestrian Streets
Except for the pedestrian streets mentioned above, there are many other streetswith a prosperous commercial atmosphere worth visiting:

Beijing Qianmen Dajie
Chinese name: 前门大街(qián mén dà jiē)
Qianmen Dajie is one of the oldest and most famous commercial streets with a 500 year old history. As an ancient street in Beijing, it is an assembly place of time honored shops, including Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Du Yi Chu Shao Mai. Now, this street is under reconstruction. It is predicted that the whole project will be finished at the end of this year. But don't be disappointed: most of the time honored shops will be back in this street by then. Visitors will also be surprised to find that the street will be re-built as it was in the 1920s, when it was extremely prosperous. Furthermore, trolley cars will re-appear in the street, after being absent for 40 years. Visitors can get on the car and view the street for free.
Bus Route: 5, 17, 20, 22, 48, 59, 66, 120, 126, 203, 301, 646, 723, 726, 729, 744, 803, 819, 826 (get off at Qianmen Stop)
Subway: Line 2 (get off at Qianmen Stop)

Dashilan, Beijing
Chinese name: 大栅栏(dà Shi lán)
Lying to the northwest of Qianmen Dajie, Da Shi Lan is also a busy street in Xuanwu District. The street was named as Lang Fang Si Tiao in the past. It is 300 meters (328 yards) long but a bit narrow. Both sides of the street are crowded with stores which are busy with visitors coming and going everyday. As a flourishing old street, there are many special time honored shops passed down from older generations. Tongrentang Chinese Herbal Medicine Pharmacy, which was opened in 1669 is the most famous pharmacy for Chinese herbal medicine in the country. Ruifuxiang Silk and Leather Store which started in 1893 offers all kinds of beautiful high quality silk. Da Shi Lan is also under reconstruction and will be open to the public by the end of this year.
Bus Route: 2, 20, 48, 59, 120, 729, 744, 803, 819, 826 (get off at Dashilan Stop)

Silver Street
Chinese name: 银街(yín jiē)
Starting from Dongdan in the south to Dongsi in the north, Silver Street is a modern street for beauty lovers. It is a gathering placefor exotic fashions. Liz Jane Shopping Center, Longfu Plaza and plentyof franchised stores can offer you all the famous brand names, such as Puma, Liz & Jane, Adidas and Girddar.
Bus Route: 1, 4, 10, 20, 25, 37, 39, 41, 52, 106, 111, 116, 684, 685, 728, 802, 814 (get off at Dongdan Stop)
Subway: Line 1, Line 5 (get off at Dongdan Stop)

Beijing Lady's Street
Chinese name: 女人街(nu rén jiē)
Operation of the street covers clothing, general merchandise and shoes and hats, and mainly includes items imported from Guangzhou, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as other international fare. Especially the clothes in South Korean and Japanese style are very popular in Women Street. It is believed to be the place that you can find anything you might want.
Bus Route: 405, 416, 421, 659, 942 (get off at Maizidian Xijie Stop)

Xin Jie Kou
Chinese name: 新街口(xīn jiē kou)
Located in Xicheng District, Xin Jie Kou is a street crowded with stores selling digital products, including TV sets, tape recorders, cameras and video recorders. Comparing with other commercial streets, you can buy the one you like at the best price. Except for that, the little shops offering clothes in unique style are welcomed by the locals. Recently, many modern emporiums tower in the street, making Xin Jie Kou more prosperous. Furthermore, there are some Beijing Hutongs around the street. They are ideal places for you to taste the traditional folk culture of Beijing.
Bus Route: 105, 111, 22, 38, 47, 709, 726, 806, 808, 826 (get off at Xin Jie Kou Stop)

Jianguomenwai Dajie
Chinese name: 建国门外大街(jiàn guó mén wài dà jiē)
The street is outside Jianguomen. Benefiting from its geographical position, the street is a busy one and popular with visitors at home and aboard. The famous Friendship Store and Scitech Plaza are all located in the street. Apart from that, there are a number of modern hotels, office buildings and apartment towers on both sides of Jianguomenwai Dajie.
Bus Route: 25, 39, 43, 44, 52, 122, 434, 457, 637, 638, 750, 800 (get off at Jianguomen Stop)
Subway: Line 1 (get off at Jianguomen Stop)

Chaowai Dajie
Chinese name: 朝外大街(cháo wài dà jiē)
Lying outside Chaoyangmen, the street is also a prosperous commercial street in Chaoyang District. There are many modern skyscrapers towering along the street. Fenglian Plaza, Huapu Plaza and Blue Island Mansion are famous shopping places in Beijing. Hai Lan Yun Tian is the most special one offering exquisite house wares.
Subway: Line 2 (get off at Chaoyangmen Stop)

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Beijing Antique Markets
Beijing Curio City
Chinese name: 北京古玩城
It is the largest curio distribution center in Asia. The curio city covers an area about 23,400 square meters (5.8 acres). There are about 500 stores dealing with ancient porcelain, paintings, calligraphy, jade, carving, bronze ware, antique furniture, carpet, clocks and jewelry. The curio city is like a big museum, and you can just wander around to get more knowledge about Chinese culture. Your eyes will be dazzled by these ancient art treasures.

Every year, the curio city holds several regular exhibitions to show the curios and art treasures. There are also many exhibition fairs, auctions, as well as lectures on curio knowledge. The Folk Culture Festival in January, Auction Week in May and Exhibition Fair in October are the most popular activities amongst them. They attract thousands of visitors coming here to choose their favorite curios.

The Beijing Curio City is well organized with a series of supporting facilities. There are some experts in the market, offering professional services and giving special instructions to the curio lovers.

Location: No.21, South 3rd East Ring Road, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 300, 28, 368, 607, 907 (get off at Panjiayuan Stop or Shilihe Stop)

Panjiayuan Folk Culture Market
Located at the southeast corner of the 3rd Ring Road, Panjiayuan Folk Culture Market is the largest market selling second hand goods and curios in the area. It is like a big museum, attracting visitors at home and aboard with its unique charm. You can find many types of goods, including calligraphy, Chinese painting, writing brush, ivory carving, traditional Chinese musical instruments, porcelain and ancient furniture. There are some peddlers from ethnic minorities, hawking their national handicrafts, like Hui, Mongol, Miao, Korean and Manchu. Here are some of the goods that are of interest to visitors:

Porcelain is the most typical of Chinese craftworks, and show eastern cultural features. They are highly prized by foreign visitors for their exquisite design and special styles. There is some ancient porcelain from hundreds of years ago, as well as less expensive imitations sold in the market.

Ancient Propaganda Pictures
There are many booths selling ancient books and propaganda pictures. The pictures describe the cultural life after the foundation of the PRC and reflect the simple spirit of the times. Mr. Liu Zhanquan is a famous collector of hundreds of ancient propaganda pictures. The pictures enjoyed by visitors and show the features of the times.
Location of Liu Zhanquan's shop: No.212, 2/F, Modern Collection Area, Panjiayuan Folk Culture Market

Carved Furniture
Carved furniture is a traditional Chinese wood-working technique, and is well liked by locals for thousands of years. The furniture is skillfully carved in into vivid flowers, spirits or animal designs. There are many kinds of carvings, including doors, windows, cupboards and wardrobes. They are an ideal furniture decoration for the house with classical features.

Tips: To remind you, the stores in the market open everyday while the street stalls just open on weekends.
Finding a real curio here requires sharp eyes and plenty of related background knowledge.

Location: No.200, west of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 63, 802, 300 (get off at Panjiayuan Stop)

Liangma Collection Market
Chinese name: 亮马收藏品市场
Opened in 1992, the market occupies an area of 5,000 square meters (1.2 acres). There are about 200 stores engaged in selling porcelain, jade, ancient clocks, cameras, paintings, carpets and antique furniture.
Location: No.59, Liangma Lu, Chaoyang District

Hongqiao Curio Market
Chinese name: 红桥古玩市场
The curio market is located on the third floor of Hongqiao Emporium. Most of the curios sold here are cheap imitations.
Location: 3rd floor of Hongqiao Emporium, Tiantan Gongyuan Donglu, Chongwen District
Bus Route: 6, 35, 108 (get off at Chongwenmen Stop, about 2,000 meters (1.1 miles) south of the bus station)

Lvjiaying Antique Furniture Market
Chinese name: 吕家营古旧家具市场
It is a distribution center for antique furniture in Beijing. There are 150 workshops making furniture in the market.
Location: Lvjiaying Cun, Shibalidian Xiang, Chaoyang District

Gaobeidian Antique Furniture Street
Chinese name: 高碑店古旧家具街
The street has decades of years history as a special street offering classical furniture.
Location: Gaobeidian, Wangsiying Xiang, Chaoyang District (east of Gaobeidian Lu)

Curio City Fenzhong Temple Antique Furniture Market
Chinese name: 古玩城分钟寺古典家具市场
It is the largest indoor market selling antique furniture.
Location: No.519, Fenzhong Temple, East 3rd South Ring Road, Fengtai District
Bus Route: 857, 812, 830, 826, 757, 803, 807, 750, 723, 627 (get off at Chengshou Temple Stop, south of the bus station)

Haiwangcun Curio Market
Chinese name: 海王村古玩市场
Rebuilt from Chinese Bookstore, the market is 1,100 square meters (nearly 0.3 acres) with over 70 stores.
Location: No.115, Liulichang Dong Jie, Xuanwu District

Baoguo Temple Culture Market
Chinese name: 报国寺文化市场
Location: Baoguo Temple, Guanganmennei, Xuanwu District

Rongxing Art Gallery Folk Culture Market
Chinese name: 荣兴艺廊旧货市场
Location: No.19, Liulichang Xijie, Xuanwu Distric

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Wholesale Markets
The wholesale market is one of the most popular shopping places in Beijing among the locals. The goods sold there are much cheaper than in big shopping centers. There are plenty of wholesale markets in Beijing with commodities of all kinds. You can bargain there for the goods you desire at a surprisingly cheap price. A reminder that credit cards are not accepted, so you should come prepared with enough cash. As the markets are very crowded all day long, you should beware of pickpockets.

Here are some main wholesale markets in Beijing:

Costumes & Shoes
There are two big commercial zones for costume wholesale markets in Beijing: one is around Beijing Zoo and the other is in Musiyuan. The Beijing zoo commercial zone is the largest distribution center in northern China. There are plenty of wholesale markets selling up-to-date fashions, shoes, men's suites and little ornaments, such as Tianle, Dongding, Zhonghe, Tianhao City and Jinkai Deli.

Tianle Costumes Wholesale Market
Chinese name: 天乐服饰批发市场(tiān lè fú shì pī fā shì chǎng)
Location: No.12, Xiwai Nan Lu, Xicheng District
Bus Route: 102, 103, 15, 65, 27, 332

Great Red Gate Costumes Wholesales Market
Chinese name: 大红门服饰批发市场(dà hóng mén fǔ shì pī fā shì chǎng)
Location: No.15, Nanyuan Lu, Fengtai District
Bus Route: 366, 377, 724, 729, 927

Commodity wholesale markets are the most common style of market in Beijing. They serve the locals daily necessities, stationery, cosmetics, clocks, glasses, dolls and even curios of all kinds.

Machang Qianjia Commodity Wholesale Market
Chinese name: 马场千佳综合批发市场(mǎ chǎng qiān jiā zōng hé pī fā shì chǎng)
The market was opened in 1999, covering an area about 40 mu (6.6 acres). It is in good condition with fine supporting facilities.
Location: No.1, Xihuan Xilu, Fengtai District

Eastern Fairyland Wholesale Market
Chinese name: 东方福地批发市场(dōng fāng fú dì pī fā shì chǎng)
Location: No.99, Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District

Tian Wai Tian Wholesale Markets
Chinese name: 天外天市场(tiān wài tiān shì chǎng)
Location: B6, Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District (south of the east entrance of Yutan Park)
Bus Route: 13, 15, 19, 21, 25, 42, 44, 45, 65, 68, 101, 121, 326, 335, 336, 618, 716, 800, 816, 823

Guanyuan Wholesale Market
Chinese name: 官园商品批发市场(guān yuán shāng pǐn pī fā shì chǎng)
Location: A4, Chegongzhuang Dajie, Xicheng District
Bus Route: 19, 392, 701, 812, 107, 118

Tianyi Wholesale Market
Chinese name: 天意批发市场(tiān yì pī fā shì chǎng)
Location: No.259, Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District (north of Jinrun Building)
Bus Route: 846, 855, 101, 112, 103, 603 (get off at Fuwai Xikou Stop)

Electronic & Digital Products
As this is the scientific center of China, there are lots of special markets selling electronic and digital products. Zhongguancun in Haidian District is the most famous one.

Zhongguancun E Plaza
Chinese name: 中关村e世界(zhōng guān cūn yì shì jiè)
Zhongguancun is known as the Chinese Silicon Valley and it is the science and technology center of China. Zhongguancun E Plaza is well organized with excellent supporting facilities. You can find electronic and digital products of all kinds here. There are also many other electronic markets in the Zhongguancun area.
Location: No.10, Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District

Hailong Digital Market
Chinese name: 海龙大厦电子市场(hǎi long dà shà diàn zǐ shì chǎng)
Location: No.1, Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District

Apollo Plaza
Chinese name: 阿波罗电子数码广场(ā bō luó diàn zǐ shù mǎ guǎng chǎng)
Location: No.5, Guangyuan Zha, Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District

Saibo Digital Plaza
Chinese name: 赛博数码生活广场(sài bó shù mǎ shēng huó guǎng chǎng)
Location: No.4, Huixin Dong Jie, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District


Jingmin Tea City
Chinese name: 京闽茶城(jīng mǐn chá chéng)
As its name implies, it is a special market selling tea of all kinds, including black tea, oolong, green tea, health tea and all kinds of flower tea. Apart from tea, there are also stores with traditional Chinese tea services and root carvings.
Location: No.15, Guangwai Maliandao, Xuanwu District

Xinfadi Farm Produce Wholesale Market
Chinese name: 新发地农产品批发市场(xīn fā dì nóng chǎn pǐn pī fā shì chǎng)
You can find stores selling local products of Beijing here.
Location: west of Xinfadi Qiao, Hua Xiang, Fengtai District
Bus Route: 732

Beijing Flower Market
Chinese name: 北京花卉交易市场(běi jīng huā huì jiāo yì shì chǎng)
It was the first indoor flower market in Beijing. Opened in 1994, the market covers an area over 2,400 square meters (0.6 acres). There are also some artificial flowers sold here.
Location: B8, North 3rd East Ring Road, Chaoyang District

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Beijing Department Stores
There are plenty of departmental stores in Beijing, offering productsranging from fashions, cosmetics, jewelries to household electrical equipments.Most of these products are of world famous brands associated with high quality.Customers may pay by credit cards for their purchases at these department stores.Most of them also have ATM counters for the convenience of the customers.

Beijing Friendship Store
Chinese name: 友谊商场(yǒu yí shāng chǎng)
Opened in 1964 with a floor area of 9,000 square meters, it is one of the largest departmental stores with a long history in Beijing. There are nearly 56,000 different products in the store, including clothes, cigarettes, jewelries, cameras and Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, it is an ideal place for tourists as there are many traditional folk products being sold here, such as jade, curio, silk, cloisonné, calligraphy and Chinese painting.
With the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, an Olympic licensed store has just opened in the Friendship Store, offering memorabilia like clothes, badges, caps and cases, amongst others.
Location: No.17, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District

Shin Kong Place
Chinese name: 新光天地(xīn guāng tiān dì)
Known as one of the most luxurious shopping centers in Beijing, it was opened only recently in 2007. There are many specialty shops catering to world famous brands like Gucci, Prada, Juicy, Anna Sui and Channel. There is even an entertainment street on the 1st floor underground.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Location: No.87, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District

Beijing Yansha Outlets
Chinese name: 燕莎奥特莱斯购物中心(yàn shā ào tè lái sī gòu wù zhōng xīn)
Yansha Outlets is the first shopping center controlled directly under Lufthansa Friendship Shopping Center.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:30
Location: No.9, South 4th East Ring Road, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 40, 416, 707, 421, 752, 825

You Yi Shopping City
You Yi Shopping City (Beijing Lufthansa Center)
Chinese name: 燕莎友谊商城(yàn shā yǒu yí shāng chéng)
Located at the center of Yansha Commercial Zone, this shopping centre has a floor area of 40,000 square meters. Nearly all the staffs in this shopping centre can speak at least one foreign language.Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
Location: No.52, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 413, 402 (get off at Liangmaqiao Stop)

Chinese name: 百盛(bǎi shèng)
Opened in 1994, Parkson is one of the best shopping centers in China with plenty of branches scattered around the country.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
Location: No.101, Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District
Bus Route: 1, 4, 15, 37, 52, 57, 337, 728, 802, 719, 743 (get off at Fuxingmen Stop)
Parkson (Haidian Branch)
Opening Hours: 08:30 - 21:30
Location: A38, Xuyuan Lu, Haidian District
Bus Route: 323, 331, 386, 810, 392, 722, 816, 398, 902, 706, 748, 749, 944, 836, 719
Parkson (Meiluocheng Branch)
Opening Hours: 09:30 - 21:30 (Monday to Thursday) 09:30 - 22:00 (Friday to Sunday)
Location: No.189, Middle 4th East Ring Road, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 11, 23, 31, 35, 348, 657, 715, 721, 740, 742, 753, 840

Chungyou Department Store
Chinese name: 中友百货(zhōng yǒu bǎi huò)
The department store is a crowded one as you can get a big discount there.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 (Weekdays) 09:00 - 22:00 (Weekends)
Location: Huanan Building, No.176, Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District
Bus Route: 1, 4, 22, 47, 105, 102, 109 (get off at Xidan Stop)

The Malls at Oriental Plaza
The Malls at Oriental Plaza
Chinese name: 东方新天地(dōng fāng xīn tiān dì)
Opening Hours: 09:30 - 21:30
Location: Oriental Plaza, No.1, East Changan Avenue, Dongcheng District
Bus Route: Subway Line 1, 10, 20, 37, 41, 52, 59, 126, 420, 728, 802, 803 (get off at Wangfujing Stop)

New World Department Store
Chinese name: 新世界商场(xīn shì jiè shāng chǎng)
It is also a popular department store with attractive discount.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:30
Location: No.3, Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District
Bus Route: 103, 104, 111, 44, 48, 39, 3, 6, 4 (get off at Chongwenmen Stop)

Grand Pacific
Chinese name: 君太百货(jūn tài bǎi huò)
On the second and third floor, there are many women fashions from international famous designers and world known brands. Men's clothes are on the fifth floor. In the first floor underground, you can find cafés, KFC and other restaurants with table delicacies. ATM counter is also located there.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Location: No.133, Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District (just opposite Chungyou Department Store)
Bus Route: 109, 22, 726, 728, 802, 808 (get off at Xidan Stop)

Scitech Shopping Center
Chinese name: 赛特购物中心(sài tè gòu wù zhōng xīn)
Opening Hours: 09:30 - 22:00
Location: No.22, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 1, 4, 57, 120, 403, 48 (get off at Ritanlu Stop)

Chinese name: 庄胜崇光百货(zhuāng shèng chóng guāng bǎi huò)
Opening Hours: 09:30 - 21:30
Location: No.8, Xuanwumenwai Dajie, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 102, 109, 105, 808 (get off at Xuanwumen Stop)

Cuiwei Tower
Chinese name: 翠微大厦(cuì wēi dà shà)
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:30 (Friday and Saturday) 09:00 - 21:00 (Sunday to Thursday)
Location: No.33, Fuxing Road, Haidian District
Bus Route: 337, 620, 613 (get off at Cuiweilu Stop)

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Beijing Featured Stores
Beijing has a prosperous economy for hundreds of years. There are manystores, which are highly reputed, still in existence till today and are wellliked by the locals as well as foreign visitors. These stores can be found inDazhalan, Wangfujing, Liulichang and some other traditional commercial areasin Beijing.

Below are some of the time honored stores worth checking out.

Rui Fu Xiang Silk & Cotton Shop
Chinese name: 瑞蚨祥(ruì fú xiáng)
Rui Fu Xiang is a silk store opened by a businessman from Shandong Province in1893. The store was established in Dazhalan for over one hundred year and isnow listed as Beijing Cultural Relic Protection Unit. It deals with high qualitysilk and leather of different sorts. The store also caters to tailor made clothes.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
Location: No.5, Dazhalan Jie, Qianmenwai, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 104, 803, 10, 1, 4 (get off at Wangfujing Stop)

Nei Lian Sheng
Chinese name: 内联升(nèi lián shēng)
It is also a time honored store engaging in shoes. Cloth shoes are the most popular ones of the store. The shoes here are well liked by some famous person like ChairmanMao.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 20:00
Location: No.34, Dazhalan Jie, Xuanwu District

Qian Xiang Yi
Chinese name: 谦祥益(qiān xiáng yì)
Used name as Beijing Silk Store, the shop enjoys a history over 150 years. It is the largest one serving a great number of silks. There are also many kinds of special silks from minority groups.
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: No.5, Qianmen Zhubaoshi, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 17 (get off at Qianmen Stop)Bus Route: 44, 744, 48, 803, 729, 66,726, 22 (get off at Qianmen Stop)

Bu Ying Zhai
Chinese name: 步瀛斋(bù yíng zhāi)
Opened in 1858, it is a well known store dealing with all kinds of shoes, ranging from exquisite silk shoes with embroidered designs to imported leather shoes.
Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: No.8, Dazhalan Jie, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 120, 59, 744 (get off at Dazhalan Stop)

Sheng Xi Fu Hat Store
Chinese name: 盛锡福(shèng xī fú)
Opened in 1911, the store is welcomed by locals with exquisite handmade caps.The caps here have gain high reputation with high quality and elegant style.
Opening Hours: 08:15 - 21:00
Location: No.196, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District
Bus Route: 106, 110 (get off at Dengshikou Stop)

Yuan Chang Hou Tea House
Chinese name: 元长厚茶庄(yuán cháng hòu chá zhuāng)
It is a time honored tea house with a history over 90 years. The tea house offersyou the genuine tea of China.
Location: No.98, Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District

Zheng Ming Zhai
Chinese name: 正明斋(zhèng míng zhāi)
Opened in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the store serves the local desserts for hundredsof years.
Location: No.1, Lucao Yuan, Sanlihe Nan Lu, Haidian District

Gui Xiang Cun
Chinese name: 桂香村(guì xiāng cūn)
It is a food store opened on Mid-autumn festival of 1916. Now, it serves nearly170 kinds of snacks with special local flavor.
Location: No.177, Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District

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Beijing Supermarkets
Now, supermarkets are very popular around the country. There are many big supermarkets in Beijing and some of them are chain stores. Your eyes will be dazzled by the great variety of goods in different brands and you can have more choice. Furthermore, the supermarkets sell good-quality products which are much cheaper than other shopping centers in most cases. Commonly, food, commodities, clothes, books and electrical household appliances are all available in supermarkets and credit cards are welcome. These are some well received supermarkets in Beijing:

Wal-mart Supercenter
Chinese name: 沃尔玛购物广场(wò ér mǎ gòu wù guǎng chǎng)
Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00

Wal-mart Supercenter (Zhichunlu Branch)
Location: B1-2/F, A48, Zhichun Lu, Haidian District
Bus Route: 386, 626, 725, 735, 804, 851, 941, 944

Wal-mart Supercenter (Xuanwumen Branch)
Location: -1-1/F, Fuzhuo Garden Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 109, 102, 105, 603, 922, 724

Wal-mart Supercenter (Jianguolu Branch)
Location: -1/F, Wanda Plaza, No.93, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District

Sam's Club
Location: No.158, Fushi Lu, Shijingshan District

Chinese name: 麦德龙(mài dé long)
It is a German supermarket known by great quantity and cheap prices. But it accepts VIP customers with membership card only.
Opening Hours: 6:00 - 22:00
Location: No.1, Xinjiangongmen Lu, Haidian District
No.35, Dayangfang Lu, Chaoyang Disitrct

Chinese name: 屈臣氏(qū chén shì)
Watsons is a chain shop for cosmetics and personal products. There are many branches of Watsons scattered around Beijing.

Watsons (Xidan Branch)
Location: 1/F, Xidan Friendship Store, No.109, Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District

Watsons (Oriental Plaza Branch)
Location: CC17, Oriental New World, No.1, Dong Changan Avenue, Dongcheng District

Watsons (Wudaokou Branch)
Location: 1/F, Dongsheng Mansion, No.8, Zhongguancun Donglu, Haidian District

Watsons (Fenglian Branch)
Location: 1/F, Fenglian Plaza, No.18, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District

Watsons (Xinshijie Branch)
Location: 1/F, New World Emporium, No.3-5, Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District

Chinese name: 家乐福(jiā lè fú)
It is one of the largest chain supermarket brands in China. The branches are scattered around Beijing. Some of the branches offer Free Carrefour Shuttle Bus to convenient the customers.

Carrefour (Tongzhou Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 22:00
Location: No.48, Jiu Keshu East Road, Tongzhou District
Bus Route: 938, 312, 848 (get off at Jiukeshu Stop)

Carrefour (Zhongguancun Plaza Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 22:00
Location: Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District
Bus Route: 209, 255, 302, 307, 320, 365, 716, 717, 731, 732, 718, 801, 811, 808, 814

Carrefour (Shuangjing Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 22:00
Location: No.31, Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 23, 30, 35, 348, 710, 715, 721, 752, 754, 852, 988

Carrefour (Maliandao Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 22:30
Location: No.11, Mianliandao Street, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 46, 609, 414

Carrefour (Fangzhuang Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:00 - 22:30
Location: No.15, Section 2, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District
Bus Route: 37, 122, 741, 986, 754, 12, 25, 51, 800, 721, 434

Carrefour (Fuangyuan Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:00 - 22:30
Location: Fangyuan Building, A56, Zhongguancun South Road, Haidian District
Bus Route: 104, 106, 205, 111, 107, 105, 347

Carrefour (Chuangyijia Branch)
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 22:30
Location: B6, East 3rd North Ring Road, Chaoyang District
Bus Route: 18, 104, 300, 302, 367, 401, 404, 419, 718, 725, 730, 731, 830, 831, 801, 825, 847, 967 (get off at Jinganzhuang Stop, south of the entrance of International Exhibition Center)

Chinese name: 欧尚(ōu shàng)
Auchan is a world famous supermarket brand from France.
Opening Hours: 8:00 - 22:00

Auchan (Siji Branch)
Location: No.117, North 4th West Ring Road, Haidian District

Auchan (Kexing Branch)
Location: No.1, Linfeng Lu, Fengtai District

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Beijing Bookstores
For people traveling in a foreign country, one of the drawbacks is thedifficulty in finding a good bookstore from which to choose a book in their nativelanguage so they can learn more about the country or its customs. As the culturalcenter of China, Beijing has plenty of bookstores with a large variety of booksin all fields. Commonly, each big bookstore in Beijing is divided into sectionsaccording to different books for sale: Literature, Arts, Academic Books, BusinessAdministration, Practical Books, Education, References, Engineering, Computer,Industry and Miscellaneous. VCDs, DVDs and other kinds of digital reading materialscan also be found in bookstores. In addition to those, some bookstores have computerizedBook Search to help the buyers conveniently locate the books they want. Furthermore,the bookstores will introduce New Arrivals, New Journals and Best Sellers tothe buyers. Some bookstores even have Book Sales Rankings. These will help thebuyers make their choices more easily.

Here are some famous bookstores in Beijing:

Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore

Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore
Chinese name: 王府井新华书店(wáng fǔ jǐng xīn huá shū diàn)
Xinhua Bookstore is the largest chain bookstore in China with thousands of branches. Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore is known as the largest bookstore in China. It offers a large collection of books involving politics, economics, literature, education, art and science, with a total number nearly 200,000 books. VCDs, DVDs and digital reading materials can also be found in the bookstore.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:30
Location: No.218, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (next to Oriental Plaza)

China Bookstore
Chinese name: 中国书店(zhōng guó shū diàn)
The bookstore is not very big one, but it offers many traditional Chinese literature works. The new books here are at an 80% discount normally, while there are some second hand books as well at much cheaper prices. Additionally, you will find an impressive selection of books on Chinese painting, calligraphy and photography.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Weekdays)
Location: No.115, Liulichang Dongjie, Xuanwu District

Beijing Language and Culture University Press Bookstore

Xinhua Bookstore
Chinese name: 中国语言文化大学出版社书店(zhōng guó yǔ yán wén huà dà xué chū bǎn shè shū diàn)
This is the best bookstore from which to buy Chinese language learning books of all levels. There are also dictionaries, encyclopedias, linguistic books and reading materials from which to choose.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Weekdays) 09:00 - 16:00 (Weekends)
Location: Chengfu Lu, Haidian District

Beijing Book Building
Chinese name: 北京图书大厦(běi jīng tú shū dà shà)
There is a great variety of books from which you may choose. You will find books written in English in the basement, and there are many Chinese language learning materials on the third floor. The personnel in the bookstore are very helpful, and they speak English.
Location: No.17, Xi Changan Avenue, Haidian District

Yansha Tushu Tiandi
Chinese name: 燕沙图书天地(yàn shā tú shū tiān dì)
The bookstore is located on the sixth floor of Lufthansa Friendship Shopping Center. Plenty of artistic picture albums from home and abroad are found here. There are over 8,000 kinds of imported books, of which the books from Hong Kong and Taiwan comprise the greatest part. Apart from that, the classical CDs, VCDs are all worth buying as a collection.
Location: 6/F, Lufthansa Friendship Shopping Center, No.1, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District

Foreign Languages Bookstore

Foreign Languages Bookstore
Chinese name: 外文书店(wài wén shú diàn)
The bookstore has a history of nearly 50 years, and it is the preference of many foreigners in Beijing. The bookstore has a great number of books written in English covering literature, history, politics, art and even cooking. Most of them are published by Chinese publishing houses, while there are also some original imported books from foreign countries. There are several branches of Foreign Languages Bookstore in Beijing.
Foreign Languages Bookstore (Wangfujing Branch)
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
Location: No.235, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District
Foreign Languages Bookstore (Haidian Branch)
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30
Location: No.25, Haidian Xi Dajie, Haidian District

Sanlian Bookstore
Chinese name: 三联读者服务部(sān lián dú zhě fú wù bù)
The bookstore is a large one with helpful staff members. What makes it special is its Internet Café on the second floor.
Location: No.22, Meishuguan Donglu, Chaoyang District

Import Books Bookstore
Chinese name: 外文进口书店(wài wén jìn kǒu shū diàn)
Located on the third floor of Foreign Languages Bookstore in Wangfujing Dajie, the bookstore sells mainly imported books. There are special shelves for publishing houses such as Oxford and Cambridge.

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Tips: The summer hours for most Beijing shopping malls are 08:30 - 21:30; in winter they are closed either a half or one hour earlier than in summer. All the emporia, hotels and large restaurants in city center and Tourism Appointed Stores have foreign exchange counters and ATM. Credit cards (including Visa, MasterCard, AE, Dinersclub and JCB) are also acceptable there. Bringing some cash is always necessary in the event that you'd like to buy something from the street vendors.

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