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Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market), Beijing

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Explore one of China's largest markets dedicated to selling luxurious pearl crafts at Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market). In addition to these underwater calcium gems, the market also offers silk, seafood, watches, and digital products. Peruse through varieties of seafood ranging from shrimp, fish, and crab, to rare ingredients like abalone, sea pumpkin, and shark. Inspect the displayed branded watches and electronic equipment, or head to the silk district to browse through lavish materials. The central part of the market features fashionable pearl jewelery and ornaments which come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Feel free to bargain with retailers; also watch your possessions at all times since it usually gets very crowded. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market) and many more Beijing attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Beijing itinerary planner.
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  • Let me start this by saying I don't like haggling and pushy sales people. That is what the market was. But I knew that going in, so I'm not going to give it a bad rating because of that, if you walk t...  more »
  • In here it's like a Bizzare of everything with some of the best shopping I've ever seen. The prices are so cheap. Yes you can buy amazing pearls and I had lots of things made for me. Clothes wise ther...  more »
  • I have visited many markets across Asia and was very surprised how organised and easy to navigate the market was. It is a very large air conditioned building with various floors of stalls. Most of the...  more »
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  • Nice market , with high prices but you can get negotiations for all items . U can find there a fake brands bags in high quality .electronics , phones, camera and souvenirs Must visit !!!
  • Foreigners should aim to get 80% of the starting price. If they want 1000 RMB you can get it for 200. Don't get fooled. ;-)
  • Definitely one of the best places to bargain. Beware though, the more you look like a tourist, the higher the starting price. Stand your ground. I developed a rule of thumb where I divided their starting price by 8 (in general) and was able to bargain down to that price. Don't be afraid to walkaway. They will yell after you, and they'll lower the price every few steps you take away from their store. If you aren't good at bargaining though, they will take full advantage of you. It's kind of fun if you know what your doing...
  • Good bargaining skills required to get a decent deal here. Salesperson are pushy. Try to take advantage of tourists. Some nice stuff is available as souvenirs for friends and family.
  • This place is suitable for buying goods with 60-70% bargain.