Hongqiao Market (Pearl Market), Beijing
About half the things I bought at pearl and Silk market broke within a week of my return home. Be warned, a good price for a piec of junk is a bad deal. This include sunglasses, fountain pens, a massage ball)
This shop has everything you can think of, first floor is mainly electronics, second womens, mens, and childrens clothing, suitcases, backpacks, and shoes. Third floor is jewlery and souviniers.
What to buy: I would have to say they have the best selection of shoes, mainly skate shoes, they have a great selection of 'brand name' clothes. Who cares if its fake..it looks real. I would try to stay away from electronics. They are not always as good as they say they are and they don't always have the amount of memory they say they do. Memory cards I would say are a good thing to buy, they are cheap and can hold thousands of pictures.
What to pay: I bought mp3 players with 4GB for 200RMB, i probably could have gone cheaper, SO DON'T PAY ANYMORE THAN THAT! 8GB memory stick (for computer) 100RMB, zipup hoodies 50RMB, t-shirts 30RMB..but this all depends on the quality of the shirts and what brand it says on it, so make your own judgment on this.
Pearls, Pearls, shirts, golf clubs(be careful w/ customs), purses(ditto), belts, etc....... Haggle for everything and haggle hard. The bargains are fantastic, but beware there is a lot of junk. I loved it and got some great stuff. Pearls for my family and friends, a Columbia winter coat, some Cubavera shirts, a belt, and a travel suitcase that was in pieces by the time I got home.
At the pearl market you will shop 'til you drop. Clothes, shoes, watches, DVD's, silks, pearls, electronics... And almost everything is genuine copies.
But the quality is good and the price is right.
If you know how to bargain for it that is. And bargain you must. For absolutley everything.
The whole place have three stories jam packed with everything you never knew you wanted.
But even you you didn't know it yourself, you can be sure that the salespersons know.
And they will let you know it. Try to walk by a stall and they will grab something, anything, and try to convince you that this is what's missing in your life. Some will even grab your arm to make sure you will come look at their goods.
Loads of good deals can be made here, and if you like to shop, no not miss it!
What to buy: Buy clothes, lots and lots of clothes.
But everything is available here so you don't have to limit yourself to anything.
What to pay: Depends on you bargaining success.
The Red Bridge Market is a very big store for the tourist to buy souvenir, antiques, and other interesting stuff. Even the local resident like to go shopping here. The former president of US, Bill Clinton, visited the market when visiting China.
What to buy: souvenir, antique, silk, pearl
What to pay: It depends what you buy. My advice: when you bargain, offer at least 50% discount when buy antiques.
If you are looking for cheap clothes, technical equipment and fakes you should try the HONGQIAO market which is inside a big building with three or four storeys. It is situated closer to the Temple of Heaven. From there it is easy to reach.
What to buy: Not only pearls - clothes, sport clothes, technical equipment, too. Everything which is possible to fake!
What to pay: It all depends on your own bargain skills;-)
Five storey building with everything you need. In the basement there's a food market - not a food court - the ground floor offers you electronics and luggage, on the first floor you'll find clothing for men and women, the second floor is filled with clothes, antiques and pearls, the same on the third, but mostly antiques and cheap freshwater pearls here and on the fourth you'll find exlusive pearl stores where even Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Mrs Putin have been photographed shopping (or maybe just looking). It's an old indoor market place, but we found the clothes cheaper here than on Yachow (new)market.
What to buy: Pearls, I guess. But we went for sports gear like Canadian Goose and North Face outfits.
What to pay: It's all about bargaining, but I bought one Canadian Goose jacket, one North Face jeans for skiing and a North Face jacket for 610 RMB. Initially they asked 900 RMB for a jacket. If I just wanted one piece I think I could get it for 250 RMB.
Hongqiao is a Beijing shopping favourite, not because it is relaxed but because it has just about anything you could possibly want. However, with the recent crackdown on fake branded products, many of these are carried under the counter.
Hongqiao is known for its pearls and there are plenty of pearl shops here: do remember that these are freshwater pearls though, which are a lower quality than saltwater pearls!
Although the ground floor (and the basement fish stalls) are a seething mass of people al day every day, the crowds get less as you go higher up. There are some classy shops on the upper floors.
Note that several buildings nearby are now part of an 'extended' Hongqiao and you may get better bargains there.
There is a shop around the corner (actually behind the main Hongqiao - entrance where the car-park ramp comes out) which has vast amounts of toys, electronic games, sports goods and stationery.
What to buy: You name it, they have it. There are some nice silk tablecloths and napkins on the ground floor.
Hongqiao is also good for binoculars.
What to pay: If you behave like a ditzy tourist, you will pay ditzy tourist prices. The trick is to know the going China rate for things, which is difficult to know unless you live here. Push hard, and walk away at least once.
Name Pearl Market is somehow misleading. This big market offers everything, from pocket knifes, copy watches, sports wear, bags, shoes to actual jewelry.
It is somehow chaotic – but so is every market in China (the ones locals visit are even harder to pick through). On ground floor you can find some electronics, basic photo equipment, copy watches and other small stuff (pocket knives, thermos for tea…). On second floor they have shoes, women’s and men’s clothes, bags and some sporting goods – remember when bargaining - they are all fakes! At the top of the store they keep pearls, other jewelry and souvenirs (lamps, stamps, coins, kites, silk craft…).
What to buy: You can make the best deal buying pearls and copy watches (they are really cheap here, if you know how to bargain).
For other stuff you can make a better deal on other more local markets.
What to pay: Allways BARGAIN. As low as I could get:
better (fake nike, addidas...) shoes - 50/60 RMB
fake bags - 40 RMB
men's T shirts - 30 RMB
women's shirts - 10/30 RMB
pearls - 6 RMB for the small necklace, 30 RMB for a string of pearls
copy watches (rolex, brightling) - 120 RMB
copy watches (CK, DKNY, Gucci) - 30/50 RMB
Remember, they will start with the skyhigh prices - don't get discouraged - BARGAIN!
Wanted to get a pair of shoes. Asked for the price. It was 780 yuan. I was stunned. That's the price I'm paying at a shopping centre at Orchard Road in Singapore. I turned and wanted to leave. Jerome asked for 80 yuan. I looked at him in disbelief, it's too much to bargain for. I thought he was trying his luck. We were leaving when the saleslady quickly stopped us and gave us the price that he asked for!
It was simply too amazing! From 780 yuan to 80 yuan! I've a bargaining master on my side. :)
What to pay: Just don't think that you have got a good deal when you've managed to half the price.
Another fleamarket with almost of everything... including pearls.
A great variety of fakes and also souvenirs. You find also cheap electronics.
It worths to visit at least one of these markets in Beijing.
What to pay: Bargain always! Normally prices are to be 30-40% of the asked ones.
What to buy:
Many of the stalls in the Honqqui Market (the Pearl market is on the second floor here) have kites for sale. Great things to bring home for the children or yourself, if, like me, you are a big boy!
More fancy kites can probably be bought at specialist kite shops, but I have never searched for them. On Tienanmen square you will be accosted by kite flyers that want you to buy their kites. Some of the kites look really good, so why not, but bargain hard.
What to pay: The cost less than 50Y for the smaller ones and up.
It's another market I like , but mainly for pearl shopping . This is a 3-4 story building right in front of Tian Tan park, quite central located.
They have also those stuff as YA XIU has. Some antique also good here but a bit expensive.
They have extremely nice girls selling pearl , most of them are bilingual or multilingual . No worry for the language when bargain.
The worst is to get help by calculator!
My boss said we will have good business if our sales staff are as good as these girls!
What to buy: Pearl is the speciality of this market. These are sweet water pear from southern China provinces. These girls are very skillful and doing things very quick. They can re-make the pear necklace/bracelet as the design you like. Just tell them what you want!
The qulity is not bad general speaking, people like to bring them back to their country for the cheap price and not bad quality . It's the perfect gift from China!
The bargaining skill : reference to "YA XIU"