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