I really can’t think many things more exciting than an antique hunt, in Beijing. So at dawn, we hailed a taxi and swooped through the city for early bird deals Panjiayuan Antique Market. Some stalls open every day, but on the weekend the marvellous antique market really comes alive.
It’s a maze of tiny streets, stalls and warehouses.
You can find every imaginable curio from ancient porcelain and propaganda pictures, vintage clothes to Buddha heads and Tibetan carpets.
Jewels and jades. Paintings and calligraphies.
You’ll find an interesting mix of dealers, some locals and some like us, tourists.
Everyone is looking for a good deal and haggling away. At Panjiayuan don’t just pay the price you’re quoted. Make a few rounds to compare prices and quality and take it from there, always with a pinch of salt. You can safely ignore the start of a half-price rule here. Bring cash, your sense of humour and don’t rush.
Riz absolutely loves haggling and I enjoy watching him get stuck in striking the deal – he’ll make an offer, bring humour to the situation with appropriate jokes, he’ll gamble by walking away and finally find a common ground with the dealer.
If you’re planning a Beijing adventure, you should put Panjiayuan Antique Market on your to-do list. By far the best place to shop in Beijing for anyone into interiors, antiques and knick-knacks.
Panjiayuan Antique Market
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