Wangfujing Street, Beijing
Wangfujing Dajie is a big street lined with lots and lots of shopping.
You can find almost anything here, from arts and crafts to the latest world fashion.
The priced are higher than you might find elswhere but there are still bargains to be had.
And even if you aren't shopping for anything in particular the street offers plenty of recreation and you can walk around feeling the pulse of the street. Of get something to eat and sit down planning your next move.
Some will find this street to modern and western for their taste but who said you can't have one without the other. Take one day walking around the malls and small stores here and go on to the silk or pearl markets the next.
What to buy: In Wangfujing Dajie the main commodity is clothes, but you can find most things you are shopping for along the street. From cheap souveniers to Rolexes. Yes, the genuine thing. To the genuine price...
What to pay: Expect to spend more than you might elsewhere in Beijing, but you can still find bargains.
I visited Oriental Plaza on Wangfujing Street. The food court had many choices of delicious food and restaurants. Easy to order by pointing, or restaurants have English menus. The shopping itself is very expensive. Brand-name stores. Nothing that you wouldn't find in any other generic upper-class Department Store in the world. Nice to visit if you are feeling like a hot and dirty backpacker, and would like a rest in clean white, air-conditioned area with a cool drink & clean meal!
On this Beijing street you should be able to find anything you need or want. Small shops and department stores cater to every need. I bought Mao style hats for gifts at the hat shop. This shop made hats for Mao, Chou and others. Some are in the window.
What to buy: Anything at a good price
Toward the lower end of Wangfujing street (east side) nearing Jinagoumenwai daije is Wangfujing Bookstore.
You will not find much in terms of foreign language touristic style books, but you wil be able to find books that deal with most aspect of China. As such it is interesting for visitors: maps as accurate as they come in China covering all areas of the Middle Kingdom, visitors' guides (mainly in Putonhua), post cards, relief maps, statistics etc. etc.
What to buy: I bought a bilingual atlas of the peoples of China - interesting as background study material. If I had space in my suitcase I would have bought a big plastic moulded relief map of China.
What to pay: Generally cheap, however, the said atlas was 598 Y
ok, there's a big book shop in Wanfujing street. it's large and many in english. you can buy subject like chinese culture, politics, art, even english books (novels) are include. As long as I see, there are 2 big book shop here and all are located in the main street.
I guarantee, all are cheap enough :)
"Kids' Stuff" is located over four floors of a shopping complex on Wangfujing Street.
Tie up your children or leave them on Tienanmen kiteflying before you enter here!
What to buy: Absolutely every variety of childrens' toys, shoes, clothing, baby gear - everything is here.
What to pay: I bought two pairs of sandals for a nephew and a niece pria\ced at 128 and 98 Y respectively. Beat down the price with about 25 % on that.
Located in the centre of WANG FU JING street, it is a famous state owned old brand store specializing in silk cloth.
You can find very reliable good quality Chinese silk , all colour,many varieties. I like this place , always but my silk cloth from here.
If you mentioned the name of the store you any local , they will tell you they know it!
No bargain with the price, it's quite reasonable , quality is quaranteed.
This is a street full of department stores / Old Beijing brand store/book store/ video everything .
I like to come here at weekend, but not for big shopping . I enjoy walking on the floor which is decolated with marble ,especially in a sunny spring afternoon. I like the feelling being in the middle of the people. You know this street is considered as NO 1 street in China. It has many years hsitory and many old brand stores are existed for tens of years .
There is a Christian church in the street, also you can find starbucks facing the church.
If you like Beijing snack, right next to this there is place full of all kinds of street food during night time. Generally no worry for the hygiene , nothing happened to me when I eat there!
Wangfujing, a seven hundred-year-old commercial street, houses a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you can find all kinds of commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands. The Oriental Plaza (Dongfang Guangchang) is the biggest store in Wangfujing.
Besides modern department stores, the Foreign Language Bookstore is also in this area. The Old-Beijing-Street is now seated underground, which was built and decorated in Ming and Qing style. The outstanding characteristic of it is the centralized well-known longstanding stores selling shoes, caps, silk cloth, scissors, Chinese brushes and ink-stick, jade articles, tea, desserts, pickled vegetables, roast ducks and so on.
The most popular sites for souvenir photos are the sculptures on both street sides, reflecting life of old Beijing.
What to buy: various kind goods you can buy here. because Wangfujing is a long street, that houses many shops.
A seven hundred-year-old commercial street, is located to the east of Tian'anmen Square and stretches from Chinese Art Gallery to the Dongchan'an Avenue. It houses a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you can find all kinds of commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands.
Wangfujing is central Beijing's most fashionable shopping district. A short walk east of the Forbidden City, it's a mix of international stores full of designer clothes and narrow alleys of antiques and food stalls. There are also cinemas and giant bookstores (with decent English language departments). The main street is pedestrianised and ideal for browsing. At the south end, Oriental Plaza offers exclusive shops and high fashions, while further north the prices are a bit more affordable. Even if you don't need to buy anything, it's a good area for people-watching and checking out the richer, more fashionable side of Beijing.
As I know this is the biggest shopping street in Beijing. When I was there in 2000 I was very surpriced about the modern stores... but in 2003, when I was the third time in Beijing I was surprised again. There you will find not only modern but also very exclusive stores. (not every store, of coures)
What to buy: On the western side of the street are plent of small stores selling clothes. You will also find the China Photo Studio about halfway up at no.: 228 which will produce passport photos as well as develop film. One of my favorite store is the Foreign Language Bookstore, the largest in China and a good recource for travellers. What else you can find there: Better ask me, what you CAN NOT find there.
If you are tired after all day shopping and a dinner, you can go to a movie. No problem at Wangfujing. Well, I did it... but unfortanely I didnt understand anything. HERO in Chinese ... but without subtitle.
There are a lot of varieties of chopsticks, made from different kind of material and of different colors.
I bought chopsticks for a friend who was getting married, I got her a pair that looked like bambou ( the wood was made to look like a bambou, there is nothing painted on them). I thought they were very elegant. Moreover, it came with chopsticks holder and a nice box.
You can also buy the whole set (for 10 people). If you don't intend to spend so much, there are very simple looking chopsticks for 18 RMB (10 pairs).
What to pay: Prices vary following the style and wood of the chopsticks. You can get 2 pairs of nice chopsticks for 70 RMB. Simple ones (the more practical ones) cost around 20 RMB for 10 pairs.
it's one of the most popular spot in Beijing you can find many things vary from one another......you can eat muslim food from ShinJong also some traditional chinese food is second to none You can find chain store like Starbucks here, too
What to buy: there is one tradition food store it's very local taste
It was not too far away from the Tian An Men Square when we had free time to go shopping. And there was this street with "real" shops, department stores, clothing, books, tea - and I think I looked around in almost all of them!
What to buy: I bought some tea and the most fun I had buying a Chinese map of Germany!!!