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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
From $118.00
Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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Xidan Tips (8)

Beijing Books Building: One of the biggest books centre

Sell books.
whatever books you want to look for just go to Books building. If you can not find the book there, it is mean that you almost won't find the book anywhere.

Publish meeting.
Famous publisher always like publish their work there because it located in the centre of Beijing and beside Xidan shopping centre. It is seems publish work there stand for that the work will popular.

What to buy whatever books you want to find.......surely It is indicated Chinese books

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Apr 04, 2011

Zhongyou Bazaar: Xidan Sowntown -- Fashion

Most Beijingner prefer go to Xidan to Wangfujing, especially young guys. Zhongyou is a ideal department store for girls. There are thousands clothes including modern, career, sport and so on. Compare with nearby stores, Zhongyou sale clothes what are more fashion. In addition, it often hold some rebate activities.

What to buy I'm not sure. It baseindividual's taste. Maybe some Chinese traditional clothes made in fashion style is not better.

What to pay Cash, Credit card

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Aug 28, 2007

Xidan 西单: More shopping @ Xidan 西单

Another area modelled for your shopping pleasure, with your usual spread of boutiques, malls and stores. Mercifully, a little less touristy; a little more local flair than the brochure-touted Wang Fu Jing; you actually see locals buying stuff here.

Meander your way through the streets around Xidan. There are hidden gems of eateries to be stumbled upon here. Smell heavily fermented tofu. There's a drain next to it for you to retch up. Smell heavenly cumin dusted pita bread. There is a side street somewhere for you to tuck into it.

People watch if you are into it. See what is the latest fashion fad in Beijing.

Social watch if you are keen. Me & my mates saw policemen breaking up gangs of lads harassing young ladies. See busy Beijing office workers rush from point to point, all a blur before you.

What to buy Anything money can buy.

What to pay How deep is your wallet/purse?

Jul 31, 2007

Xidan: Xidan Shopping Street

Xidan has many shops that sell cheap men and women's casual clothing. Quality of clothing varies though.
Also there is a large store that sells misc. Chinese sweets & tea, good for presents to take home.

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Aug 23, 2005
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Xidan Market: Another Bargains Galore

Xidan Market (north of Entrance A to Xidan Subway Station) is the shopping paradise for the locals (beijingers).

There a department store (with Starbuck and McDonalds) visible from the Entrance A. The shopping centre is crowded.

Further north (about 100m) is the Xidan Market and bargain here is required. The store assistants speaks little or no english.

What to buy Same as XiuShui Market

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Dec 16, 2004

Xidan Shopping Area: Shop amongst the Locals

Shopping in Xidan can be a bit overwhelming due to the large crowds especially on weekends but this is more non-touristy shopping compared to Wangfujing and as a result, prices can be lower.
You can get a glimpse of how the locals shop and what they buy.
There are a few department stores such as TImes Square, besides the shops on the streets. We also went into a multi-level market type store selling clothings and bric-a-bracs. It is somewhere in Xidan (in Xidan, it is sometimes hard to know which direction you are in amongst the sea of people)
One thing we found intersting about the department stores in Beijing is that the number of floor levels is unbelievable, at least 4-5 levels for a standard store. You'd think you have arrived at the last level after 4 up-escalators to find that there is still another escalator leading up!

What to buy Anything you fancy..there is no should.

What to pay Things can be cheap but can be expensive too. Shop around before actual purchase to get an idea of the price because you might find that thing you just bought to be 50% cheaper somewhere else.

Aug 10, 2004

Xindan Huawei Plaza: Xindan Huawei Plaza

One of the oldest market in Xindan

What to buy Local Craft
Men's Clothes
Women's Clothes
Children's Clothes
Toys and Games

What to pay 1$ to 50$

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Oct 13, 2006

Xidan Beijing Books Building: Biggest Book Store in Beijing

The Beijing Dushu Dasha arguably has the most collection of books in Beijing.

What to buy All kinds of Chinese language books including an extensive range of English learning books and local Chinese dialects.

Mar 21, 2006


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