Panjiayuan Antique Market – Beijing

Panjiayuan Antique Market, Beijing | Karoliina Kazi

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.

Panjiayuan Antique Market, Beijing | Karoliina Kazi

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.

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Jewels and jades. Paintings and calligraphies.

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You’ll find an interesting mix of dealers, some locals and some like us, tourists.

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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.

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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

China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, 华威里18号 邮政编码: 100021  |  website

Read more from our trip to Beijing, here and here.

15 Comments

    • 15th November 2016 / 10:19 am

      The market was amazing and so big you can easily spend the entire day there. Thank you Eliza x

  1. 15th November 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Such cool photos! So interesting to visit markets in other countries – you really get a taste of the culture first-hand. Great post!

    • 15th November 2016 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you x Definitely a very interesting and cool place to visit if you’re in Beijing.

  2. 15th November 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Great post! I love exploring markets when I go away! I would love to visit China one day.

  3. 15th November 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Mä tykkään kiertää yli kaiken tommosia pikkusia täyteen ahdettuja putiikkeja 😀 Yleensä ei kyllä mitään tartu mukaan, mutta se fiilis on vaan niin ihana 😀

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

    • 15th November 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Näissä paikoissa on tosiaan aina tunnelmaa ja niin paljon katseltavaa vaikkei mitään omaan kotiin löytyisikään.

  4. 16th November 2016 / 8:53 am

    I love antique hunting!! To do it in Beijing now that’s amazing! ! I can imagine they love to haggle. It looks lovely 😄 Ree love30

    • 16th November 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Riz is amazing at haggling and finds so much joy in it, me on the other hand find it very uncomfortable 🙂 But fun to watch.

    • 17th November 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Hi Miri 🙂 There is certainly no shortage of either there 🙂

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