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Street Markets in Beijing


Jane Liedtke

Ask the concierge at your hotel to point you in the right direction for these street markets...

Silk Alley:
This market located by the US Embassy is being moved indoors but it's still there for now. Look for silk items, knock-off clothes like Northface jackets (can be real - who knows? .... but beware...they may be fake), Beanie Babies (illegal to bring back into the USA but hundreds of tourists do it), traditional silk clothing, blouses, underwear, pocketbooks, etc.

As of September 1999, this market will be there for just a little longer.

This is a Saturday and Sunday morning antique and collectible market. You name it, it's there!

The Pearl Market is in the permanent building at the northeast side of Tiantan Park (Temple of Heaven). You'll find pearls and cloisonnet ware at the top level shops.

Yabalu :
The Russian Market is on the west wide of Ritan Park (Temple of the Sun Park). This is where you'll find fur coats, clothing, hats, bras, toys, bathing suits, and more "stuff" than you can imagine -- all destined for Russia in bulk quantities. Make sure when you bargain they realize you're not buying ten dozen of the item. Speak English as a security measure.

Lido Market:
The market at the north side of the Lido Hotel. Look here for a wide array of things from Northface jackets to silk pajamas to Beanie Babies (illegal ones, of course).

While other markets may come and go in Beijing -- these seem to have some staying power.

Ed.note: Shopping always makes me hungry so I've added some excellent insider's notes on where to find great food in Beijing. If you're hungry too, please click here.





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