another good way to buy souvenirs, but be ready to haggle as price are not fixed!
but you would notice that prices of the souvnenir T-Shirts are generally higher in Beijing than in Southern China as most of the Manufacturing Areas of China is located along the Coasts and in the Provinces of Guangdong, Shanghai, Hainan and Fujian. Souvenir T-Shirts abound all around Beijing, particularly at the tourist areas and the quality of the cheapest ones are spotty at about RMB 15 to 20 per shirt (if you haggle) and the more durable ones cost RMB 30 to 40 (if you haggle).
off course you can buy the cheapest T-Shirts in Southern China and Macau and Hong Kong if you want to buy various cheap T-Shirts as souvenirs as these shirts are cheaply mass produced along the many Factories along the Pearl River Delta
assorted refrigerator magnets from beijing and it cost 10 to 20 RMB, depending on the materials used and your haggling skills and are available everywhere at the various Tourist Sites like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, Beijing Capitol International Aiport, Ming Tombs, etc.
nice paper weights for the fridge
a nice souvenir from Beijing as beside shot glasses (unfortunately, I could not find any Beijing shot glasses here), I also love to collect Refrigerator Magnets on all my travels and here in Beijing is no Different., I usually buy them as part of my souvenir collections of the local area that I've visited and here in Beijing, and you can find them everywhere especially at the assorted souvenir shops all around. Prices of the Fridge magnets vary depending if the ref magnet is ceramic or plastic or magnetized metal and your haggling skills.
If you're a collector too then I would suggest you buy one too
another cheap souvenir item that I sometimes Buy during my travels.
The Keychains are the stereotypical cheap souvenir items that you give to your friends as a gift and a memento of your travels.
while I love to collect mostly shot glasses and fridge magnets of my travels, I also do buy other souvenir stuffs and being in Beijing, I bought a number of key chains as they are really a cheap souvenir item here and comes in different designs and different materials like wood or tin or pewter or steel and a keychain cost from RMB 5 to 10 per piece, depending on your haggling skills.
available at the many souvenir shops and stalls all around Beijing
a great way to have a souvenir as The Coomunist Cap was made famous by Communist China's Founder Mao Zedong and you can find it literally everywhere.
you can buy the ubiqitous mao communist caps even in capitalist hong kong as these are fast selling novelty items for collectors like me and you can find these mao communist caps at the various souvenir shops and stalls all around Beijing like in the Summer Palace or Temple of Heaven or Forbidden City with different designs and colors and some even have tin pin up symbols around the caps and they range between RMB 12 to 20 per cap, depending on your haggling skills and the quality of the caps, so i would suggest you buy one for posterity
where can you buy the cheapest made lighters around the world?
where else but in china and it's territories of Macau and Hong Kong as most of the large scale manufacturing is located at the Southern China Region in the Pearl River Delta of Guangzhou Province which is just beside the two terrritories. Hence you can buy chinese made lighters as low as 2 RMB at the souvenir shops and regular convenience stores all around Beijing (but if you want the durable ones, they cost RMB 6 or more).
very cheap and also disposable, but I could not vouch for the quality.
very cheap at 3 RMB
Beijing inhabitants (and Chinese in general) are friendly like this one who invited us to visit his shop of paintings to speak and improve his French.
Or may be, it was to take my wife in his arms.
Here in this street we have the local market that has many things made in china.
You should visit and barg with them cos they ask you more than 3 times, the pieces worth.