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Tips for Bargain in Beijing Markets

When buying items in markets or from street stalls, it is expected that you will haggle to get a good price. Vendors will often first suggest a price that is outrageously expensive in the hopes that you will pay without question.
First, you should find the item which you wants, asks the person how much its costs and think it first how much the item must worth before you bargain it. Never express the feeling that you are really wants the item so bad. If you are not getting the price that you want, show your dismay by saying thank you and walking away a little bit from the store.
Besides the trick walk away from the store, another trick is saying that your friends or family were already bought the same item at past, see their reactions.

Treasure Hunt in Panjiayuan Market

Beijing is the perfect place to launch a trip across China. Full of historical sites and sprawling parks, among of which Panjiayuan would be a walker's dream.

Introduction to Panjiayuan
Panjiayuan Market is a sprawling second-hand market that comes to life in the wee hours of Saturday morning as the vendors set up their stalls and display their wares. One day, even one weekend, isn't enough to see everything on offer, but thankfully, there is some method to the shopping madness.

Antique in Panjiayuan MarketWares are somewhat divided according to type, so you'll find jewelry (pearls, amber, jade) in one section, furniture in another, etc. For bargain hunters it's a dream come true. Only some of the permanent shops are open Monday through Friday. The main flea market and vendors are there only on Saturday and Sunday.

Please, don't be fooled by the offers of "antiques". Chinese purveyors are experts at making fakes look like ancient treasures dug up and on sale for a fraction of what you'd pay at Sotheby's. Unless you are a dealer in Chinese artifacts and have years of experience, trust me, you won't be able to tell the difference, and even the dealers get fooled. The best thing to do is go with an open mind, a limited budget and a few ideas about what you'd like to have.

How to Bargain
Some say offer 10% of what the vendor is asking, some say 25% and work up from there. In my experience, the best thing to do is make some snap decisions and then start the negotiations at the low end. Decide if you really want it. It's hard to extract a real price so you'll have to bargain to get close. Decide how much you're willing to pay. How much is it worth to you? Walk away. Sometimes it works...but be prepared when it doesn't. You may find the item again, but you may not.

What to Buy
The answer is just about anything. Here's a look at what's on offer. A quick list of some of the things you'll find: Jewelry such as amber, jade, pearls, coral, turquoise and much more, Chinese furniture, Ethnic minority pieces, such as Miao embroidery and silver clothing accessories, Cultural Revolution-era items, Chinese paintings and calligraphy objects, Buddhist statuary, Porcelain & ceramics, etc…

All in all, a walk down Panjiayuan will be fun and worthwhile!

Shopping Options in Beijing

Beijing as the capital of China and one major tourism city of the country surely offer wide ranges options of shopping activities. Everywhere around Beijing, you could come and enjoy various atmospheres in different places. Here we make article of interesting shopping venues that you can add on your list.

Nanluoguxiang

Measuring 786 meters long but just eight meters wide, the street snakes through the neighborhood at the north end of the Forbidden City. For more than 700 years old, Nanluoguxiang is one of the few protected areas of the old city. Situated in Dongcheng District, near Drum Tower, Nanluoguxiang filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, artsy little shops, souvenir shops and cute boutiques. Because of its impressive historical reputation and cultural influences, it's worth to spend an hour or two walking through the little alley ways and hutongs around it.

Panjiayuan Market

Panjiayuan Market is known as the largest antiques market among its kind both in China and Asia. The market has more than 3,000 individual stalls and covering a total area of 48,500 square meters. Panjiayuan Market is a home for Chinese antiques and collection including 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, and painted human skulls. Visitors mostly come to the market on the early morning at weekend to get the best bargains prices.

Sanlitun Village

Bring you to experience a modern shopping experience in Beijing with offering a diverse mix of over 200 stores and counting, housed in a colourful and contemporary take on Beijing's traditional hutong and courtyard communities. Separated into two main areas including Taikoo Li Sanlitun South and Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, Sanlitun Village transfer you to enter a shopping, leisure, arts and entertainment community. In Sanlitun South, you will find some international brands for example, UNIQLO, LACOSTE, North Face, Benefit, MAC, Esprit, Puma and New York's Steve Madden and many others. Whereas in Sanlitun North, visitors could find exclusive selection of creative luxury designers, including BALENCIAGA, Balmain, Lanvin, LONGCHAMP, ROLEX / TUDOR, etc.

Silk Market

Silk Market covers a total area of 35,000-square-meter complex, houses 1,700 retail vendors with over 3,000 salespeople spread over seven floors with three levels of basements. Almost all the stalls have gained local and international reputation for selling counterfeit luxury designer brands at relatively low prices. Offers all the things travelers want starts from shoes, jewellery, gifts, souvenirs till electronic and pearl with cheap and reasonable price.

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