Wangfujing Street, Beijing
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!
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.
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.
We did most of our shopping in Wangfujing Street while in Beijing. Although we didnt do a lot of shopping as we only had 20kg baggage limits on our internal flights. It was quite difficult to restrain ourselves, as everything we saw, we wanted to buy! Lucky we didnt though, because even though the shopping was cheap here, it was even cheaper in the 3 other cities we visited.
Some Department stores here were quite expensive, (like In Time Lotte) but one we found was good was Oriental Plaza. It had a huge variety of shops, plus had great food hall on the 5th and 6th floors.
We also bought little souvenirs at all of the main attractions we visited, like postcards and playing cards.
The vast majority of shops in China (and certainly all the market areas) allow for bargaining and indeed they welcome it and unless you seriously want to get ripped off, it is a necessity. As for how hard you bargain, that is entirely up to you. Their first price will be a huge rip-off, and most of the time, we managed to get the price down to about a quarter or even a fifth of their starting price. Id say our average would be about 1/4 or 1/3 of their price. Ultimately, whatever you are prepared to pay for an item, then makes it a "good price". After a while, you quickly realise the insanity of it all when you are arguing over 5 or 10c! It is much better in their wallet than in yours!
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.
"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.
Wangfujing Street is the central shopping street in Beijing. Here you find big departement stores, souvenir shops and shops for just everything. Part of it is a pedestrian area with kiosks and places, where you can sit and watch the people. Skulptures along the street enjoy the people.
On Wangfujing Street, you can find shopping malls and shops all along the street. So you can find anything you look for on this street and around. However, don't expect low prices you can find in Silk Market.
What to buy: Various
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.
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
The stores of Wangfujing Street close at 9PM, but a small night market stays open after that which caters to tourists. The night market consists of vendor stalls that stretch along a few blocks of side streets and alleys that branch off from Wangfujing Street near the southern end of its pedestrian mall section.
What to buy: Most of the stalls sell either souvenirs or food. The souvenirs are the same things that you see in shops all over the city, and you will have to bargain to get down to the right price. We shopped for postcards and Christmas ornaments there. The food on offer in the food stalls ranges from ordinary (ice cream) to unusual (scorpion-on-a-stick and seahorse-on-a-stick are a couple of the stranger ones that we saw).
What to pay: For souvenirs, try to buy them for about 1/3 of the asking price. You will have to bargain for a few rounds and walk away once or twice to get to the right price.
What to buy:
A company called Four Colors Earth (FCE) makes long-sleeved men's Chinese modernised traditional dress. Not many clothes apart from the Mao suit makes a man here in China, but this one will.
They are all hand made, come in a varity of designs (both for men and women) and colors, and you will inevitable find something that you like. However, the size may not fit you, and this may be the only one of its kind...
I'll take a photo of one or two I have and upload it soon.
The material ranges from polyester via rayon, cotton linen, and various silk qualities, and combinations of these.
No matter which one you choose, it will draw positive comments and make people turn in appreciation.
What to pay: The individual designs and a captured market make these high-qulaity clothes very expensive, and you may have to pay up to 1800 Y for the finest and most refined ones.
The simple cotton ones could be down to 350-500 Y.
Finally, our last day in China; we went shopping in Wang Fu Jin, a popular shopping areas with all kind of local and foreign brands. The shopping malls were so modern and HUGE and even the streets looked so clean. I think the govt really meant business when they announced to clean up the streets for the Olympic 2008!
What to buy: Everything....clothing, accessories, bags, cosmetic, toys, stationary, electrical & electonics, food, drinks, books, and the list goes on and on....
What to pay: Depending how much you have in your wallet!!!
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.
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