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Antiques

Antiques are refers for the items which has long history, at least for about 100 years old.  It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. Same with antiques in other countries, Chinese antiques are the collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age.

Chinese Antiques Items
Wide ranges of Chinese old stuffs can be found in Beijing. There are including Jade (more valuable than gold among Chinese), Chinese Ceramic (world's longest and foremost ceramic tradition), Chinese Bronzes (ancient bronzes began from the Bronze Age), Chinese Lacquer Ware (household utensils, handicrafts and artworks coated with lacquer), and Ancient Chinese Coins (cast and widely circulated about 4000 years ago).

How to Find Chinese Antiques in Beijing
Every day the sun rises over thousands of pilgrims rummaging in search of antiques and the most curious of curios, though the biggest numbers of buyers and sellers is at the weekends. Beijing has lots of places which become popular for its antique markets. Some good places to find a wide selection of antiques are Panjiayuan Flea Market, Liulichang, Beijing Curio City etc. With wide ranges of market choices, Beijing is a home for visitors to finding their favorite old Chinese antiques.

Since the city offer lots of markets for antique, in each of antique markets have their own different specialties, such as Panjiayuan Flea Market for antique Chinese arts and crafts; Liulichang Antique for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, ink stones and ink; Beijing Curio City (the largest curio distribution center in Asia) dealing with curios and art treasures; Liangma Collection Market for its porcelain, jade, ancient clocks, cameras, paintings, carpets and antique furniture; Gaobeidian Antique Furniture Street for its classical furniture, etc.

Shopping Antiques in Beijing
In each antiques markets, there are definitely so many treasures to find, but it is hard to tell genuine antiques from dirty fakes. If you cannot tell the difference between the two, you may find yourself paying a high amount of money for something that has little value in the antiquing industry. Real antiques are supposed to bear a red official seal that proves their authenticity, however sometimes real ones do not have the seal but fake ones do.

It is important to negotiate prices to get the best possible deals. If you are serious about shopping, be sure to prepare enough time to explore. Take your time to find your favorite antiques, compare the antiques and bargain the prices.