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Panjiayuan Market

Do you know the place to find antiques in Beijing? Yes, it is Panjiayuan Antique Market. If you will be in Beijing over the weekend, get up early and make a trip to Panjiayuan, a giant flea market where every imaginable curio, artifact and Chinese antiques is on sale.

Overview of Panjiayuan Market
Situated west of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring Road, Panjiayuan Market commonly sells in antiques and arts and crafts. Covering a total area of 4.85 hectares, this famous outdoor flea market has accommodating more than 3000 individual stalls. It is a super shopping market for all Chinese arts and crafts, the largest antiques market of its kind both in China and Asia.

Shopping in Panjiayuan Market
Main businesses in the market are Chinese secondhand goods, arts and crafts and antiquities. In additional, the Panjiayuan Market is the also the best place to go for life-size terracotta warriors calligraphy, jewelry, ceramics, teapots, ethnic clothing, Buddha statues, paper lanterns, Cultural Revolution memorabilia, PLA belts, little wooden boxes, Ming- and Qing-style furniture, old pipes, opium scales, painted human skulls, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, and much more.

Take your time in Panjiayuan Market since visitors have a lot of time to compare and bargain wide ranges of antiques.  Stall owners come from 24 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China to displays and sell their wares. Visitors do have excellent options of great antiques from every stall in the market. If you are serious about shopping, be sure to prepare enough time to explore.

Also known as the Dirt or Ghost Market, mostly local antiques collector will come in the early morning, on weekends. Panjiayuan Market actually used to be opened only on weekends, but after reconstruction, it is now open for business seven days a week. However, Saturdays and Sundays are still the best days to go.

In Panjiayuan Market, it is important to negotiate prices to get the best possible deals. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6.00am and 8.30am. More over, the Antique Zone is open every day, but the Arts and Crafts Warehouse Zone open on Saturday and Sunday only.

How to Get Panjiayuan Market
Location: 100m southwest of the Panjiayuan Bridge, on the southern part of Third East Ring Road.
Opening hours:
From Monday to Friday 8:30am - 18:30pm
Saturday and Sunday from 4:30am - 18:30pm