Hóngqiáo (Pearl) Market

Hóngqiáo (Pearl) Market information

Běijīng , China
Address
Street 36 Hongqiao Lu, 红桥路36号
Telephone
+86 6711 7429
Getting there
subway Tiantandongmen
Opening hours
9am-7pm
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Lonely Planet review

Besides a cosmos of clutter (shoes, clothing, electronics and lots and lots of handbags), Hóngqiáo is home to more pearls than the South Sea. The range is huge (freshwater, seawater, white and black pearls) and prices vary incredibly depending on quality. The 3rd floor has the cheaper ones, mostly sourced from Zhèjiāng province, as well as standard jewellery. The better-quality, pricier pearls can be found on the far more hushed 4th and 5th floors, where there’s a roof terrace that offers an excellent view of the Temple of Heaven. Prices are generally high, while the vendors, who all speak some English, are canny bargainers. If you have kids in tow, don’t miss Toys City in the building behind, stuffed to the gills with soft toys, cars, model kits, Wii sets, PlayStations and computer games.