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Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market), Beijing

(3.2/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • If you need and/or want some China or Beijing souvenirs, this is the spot to do it. We paid triple the price at the Great Wall and were sorely disappointed when we saw the same magnets at the Market. ...  more »
  • The market may have once been a good place for tourists to make a good bargain .... in particular rumor has it that many people went there for 'replica goods'. These days are gone. If you are interest...  more »
  • We can do business if you divide the price by 15 and go on it to negotiate.
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  • 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...
  • Its possible to find some decent stuff here, but be prepared for some incredibly aggressive sales people. My wife turned down an offer to try on a dress; the sales clerk grabbed her and tried to drag her back, insisting she try it on. I had to intervene to get her free.
  • 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.
  • It's a great place to visit and spend a few dollars. But buyer beware, you generally get what you pay for. Electronics are best purchased from Po + Liz in the "New Pearl" Market just behind this building. 4th floor. Lulu Lemon and UnderArmour from stall 151, and other clothing from Sharon's on the second floor.
  • This place is another one of those tourist traps, which is totally OK if you're trying to buy some souvenirs for friends & family at home. The thing I really disliked about this place was that sellers here were way too pushy and sometimes even got angry when I bartered with them (not bartering is absolutely ridiculous here, since prices generally start at 10 times the normal selling price). There's a bunch of other tourist places in the area, so maybe just go there instead.