Shopping

Where to Shop

There has been a huge growth in retail options in Beijing over the last few years. You have your pick of every type of shopping experience from massive multi-floor megamalls, upscale boutiques, quaint alleyway stores through to crowded, bustling markets and street venders.

Districts

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Within Beijing several distinct areas are renowned for their shopping opportunities.

The famous Wangfujing, located in the city center to the east of Tiananmen Square, is probably the most famous shopping area and attracts thousands of shoppers every day. In this kilometer-long, pedestrianized shopping district stretching from the Chinese Art Gallery to Dongchan’an Avenue you can find large department stores, bookstores and many specialty stores, including those selling clothing, specialty foods and souvenirs.

The shopping district of Qianmen Street just south of Tiananmen Square has been restored to reflect its glory days in the 1920s and 30s. A blend of modern brand name stores and an eclectic mix of smaller specialty stores, the street is pedestrianized except for trolley buses.

Nearby is Da Zhalan Street which has a concentration of discount clothing outlets and luggage stores.

Chaoyang district has a concentration of department stores, including the upscale China World Trade Center and Full Link Plaza where you can find high end clothing and designer names.

For a taste of old China, Liulichang Street in Xuanwumen has a variety of stores selling a diverse range of collectibles including: antiques, reproductions, calligraphy and jade items.

Stores

The following are just a tiny sample of the wonderful and diverse stores Beijing has to offer:

  • The Oriental Plaza (Dongfang Guangchang) is the biggest store on Wangfujing Street, offering fashions and exclusive items.
  • For book-lovers, the huge Wangfujing Bookstore is close by as well as the Foreign Language Bookstore.
  • Kids’ Stuff on Wangfujing has everything any child or baby could ever dream of.

Boutiques

Beijing is a great place to shop for luxury labels. Many boutiques with designer brands are in the upscale malls: Oriental Plaza on Dongchang’an, Shin Kong Place in the central business district and the China World Shopping Mall on Jianguomenwai. The famous local boutique, Mushi, with delectable silk fashion designs, is in the Twin Towers Mall.

Tucked away in ancient hutongs (alleyways) are more specialty boutiques. Nan Luo Gu Xiang is a pedestrian alleyway full of funky boutiques.

Markets

Sensory overload is a danger with the sights and sounds of Beijing’s markets. Jostling crowds, hawkers, and huge numbers of stalls offering Panjiayuan Antique Market is a good place to start.

(Market street shop in Xi'an near Beijing) Market street shop in Xi'an near Beijing.