Pānjiāyuán Market

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Pānjiāyuán Market information

Location
Běijīng , China
Address
West of Panjiayuan Qiao, 潘家园桥西侧
Getting there
Subway: Panjiayuan
Opening hours
8.30am-6pm Mon-Fri, 4.30am-6pm Sat & Sun
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Hands down the best place in Běijīng to shop for yìshù (arts), gōngyì (crafts) and gǔwán (antiques). Some stalls open every day, but the market is at its biggest and most lively on weekends, when you can find everything from calligraphy, Cultural Revolution memorabilia and cigarette ad posters, to Buddha heads, ceramics, Qing dynasty–style furniture and Tibetan carpets.

Pānjiāyuán hosts around 3000 dealers and up to 50,000 visitors a day, all scoping for treasures. The serious collectors are early birds, swooping here at dawn to snare precious relics. If you want to join them, an early start is essential. You might not find that rare Qianlong dòucǎi stem cup or late Yuán dynasty qīnghuā vase, but what’s on view is nothing less than a compendium of Chinese curios and an A to Z of Middle Kingdom knick-knacks. The market is chaotic and can be difficult if you find crowds or hard bargaining intimidating. Ignore the ‘don’t pay more than half’ rule here – some vendors might start at 10 times the real price. Make a few rounds to compare prices and weigh it up before forking out for something. To get here, come out of Exit B at Panjiayuan subway station, then walk west for 200m to find the main entrance to the market.