Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market

Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market Facts

Panjiayuan Market Address: 18 Huaweili, southeast corner of the 3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang District
Panjiayuan Flea Market Opening Hours: 8:30 - 18:00 (weekdays); 4:30 - 18:00 (weekends); the stores in the market open everyday while the street stalls just open on weekends.
Area: 48,500 square meters (520,000 square feet)
 

What to Buy in Antique Market

Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market, aka Panjiayuan Antique Market, is the largest, most complete, cheapest and most popular market selling second hand goods and curios in China. There are so many types of goods in Panjiayuan Antique Market that it is like a museum. It is a heaven for buying and appreciating antiques, crafts, collectibles and decorations. You can find calligraphy, Chinese painting, writing brushes, ivory carving, traditional Chinese musical instruments, porcelain, ancient furniture, etc. There are also some peddlers from ethnic minorities like Hui, Mongol, Miao, Korean and Manchu, hawking their national handicrafts. Actually, Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market has become one of the must-go attractions of Beijing for tourists from home or aboard.

Porcelains and Other Craftworks

Artwork in the Market
Craftworks and Porcelains
Porcelain is absolutely the most typical of Chinese craftworks showing eastern cultural features. Porcelain wares are highly prized by foreign visitors for their exquisite design and special styles. There are some ancient porcelain wares from hundreds of years ago, as well as less expensive imitations sold in Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market. Other craftworks, such as paper-cuts, gold or silverware, bamboo carvings, bone carvings, woven cloth, dyed cloth, embroidery, lacquer ware and teapots, can be seen in the Panjiayuan Market, giving a general picture of Chinese folk life in old times.

Jewels and Jades

There are a lot of shops selling jewels and jades, in which you can find precious treasures, such as the Hetian Jade and nephrite, agate, amber, pearl, coral, turquoise, diamonds, ornamental stones, crystal, etc.

Ancient Propaganda Pictures

There are many booths selling ancient books and propaganda pictures. The pictures describe the cultural life after the foundation of the PRC and reflect the simple spirit of that time. Mr. Liu Zhanquan is a famous collector of hundreds of ancient propaganda pictures. The pictures enjoyed by visitors and show the features of the times.
Location of Liu Zhanquan's shop: No.212, 2/F, Modern Collection Area, Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market

Calligraphies and Paintings

Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market possesses rich sources of paintings and calligraphies, such as oil paintings, watercolor paintings, ink paintings, print-makings, sketches, decorative paintings and ancient calligraphies. A small number of them are precious original manuscripts, but most are imitations.

Carved Furniture

Traditional Chinese furniture requires a high-class wood-working technique, and has been well liked by locals for thousands of years. The furniture is skillfully carved with vivid flowers, spirits or animal designs. There are many styles of it in Panjiayuan Market, such as Ming Dynasty Style, Qing Dynasty Style and Tibetan Style. Many kinds of carvings like doors, windows, cupboards and wardrobes are ideal decorations for the house with classical features.
Old Paintings
Pictures and Propaganda Paintings
Beijing Panjiayuan
Carved Furniture

Stamps

Stamp collectors can find many Chinese stamps in Panjiayuan Market, such as the imitation stamps of twelve zodiacs.
 

Tips for Shopping

1. Bring a magnifying glass so that you can have a careful look at the goods and curios.
2. Select the sellers carefully. The sellers can be roughly divided into three categories: special stores where the goods are of high quality and high price, individual shops where good articles are mixed with bad ones, and stalls where the goods are of the lowest quality. Select the seller carefully and compare the goods and price.
3. Ask about the price first before reaching the items for a closer look and pass the goods carefully in case of breaking them. Otherwise, some of the sellers may demand high compensation.
4. Be careful with the bargains. Sometimes the bargains are counterfeits, problematic or even damaged goods.
5. Do not look at the items in dimly lit places or under the light. Instead, look at them in bright natural light to ensure the quality.
6. Do not easily believe the story of the goods told by the sellers. The story may be made up by the sellers to attract you to buy.
7. You can also find an expert with sharp eyes and plenty of related background knowledge to go with you.
8. When making a deal of great value, request a formal invoice and sign a contract in which fake compensation or refund terms should be included.
 

How to get to Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market

1. Take Subway Line 10 to Panjiayuan and leave from Exit B, you will see the market.
2. Take Bus 28, 378, 638, Yuntong 107, Yuntong 107 Express or Night Bus 30 to Panjiayuan Qiao.

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Questions & Answers on Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market
Asked by Sandy from FRANCE | Nov. 11, 2018 22:58Reply
Are the outside venders in Panjiayuan Market only on Sunday or on Saturday too?
Also, what happened to all the sellers who used to be on the sidewalk leading from the subway station to the main entrance to the market? I went this weekend and they weren’t there anymore? Are they set up somewhere else?
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Answered by Tab from USA | Nov. 12, 2018 17:51
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No, the flea markets are mainly from Monday to Friday of citizens. On Saturday and Sunday, it is also the flea markets but it is not all of the citizens.
Answered by Sandy from FRANCE | Nov. 13, 2018 03:49
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I don’t understand your reply. I don’t know what « citizen » means. I want to know if the outside sellers who I saw Sunday near the parking and book sellers under the garage are there Saturday too or just Sunday? Also, what happened to all the sellers who used to sell outside the main entrance on the sidewalk from the subway to the main entrance? They aren’t there anymore?
Asked by Shirley Luu | Feb. 01, 2018 06:24Reply
Where can I buy ethnic minorities traditional clothing and jewellery in Beijing?
Hi,

If found in Panjiayuan, what kind of price range can I expect?

thank you
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Answered by Vivian from ITALY | Feb. 01, 2018 20:37
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Hi, Shirely! I happen to know an Ethnic Clothes & Jewelry Store in 24 Jiuxianqiao Street, Chaoyang District. As I know, those things, wherever you buy, the price is around CNY 1,000 or so.
Asked by Cathy Cerny from USA | Jun. 12, 2017 17:38Reply
Are the Beijing Panjiayuan Market Sunday stalls open in February?
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Answered by Frank from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 13, 2017 00:43
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Yes, Cathy, they are open on weekends, and the opening time is from 04:30 to 06:00 in the morning.
Asked by Pratik from NEPAL | Mar. 27, 2015 09:24Reply
market to buy quality pearls at fair price please?
I have heard Beijing being a big market for pearls. where can I get one without being fleeced?
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Answered by Salley from ICELAND | Mar. 28, 2015 04:03
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Yes, there is a Hongqiao Pearl Market, located at No.9 of Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District. There you may find what you want.
Asked by SAULORTAL | Sep. 28, 2014 13:20Reply
Name stamp-carving at Beijing Panjiayuan
I was wondering if anyone have an idea of the cost for one of those Name stamp-carving that you can bring as a souvenir? I see you can get them at the market...
thanks
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Answered by Tony from PANAMA | Sep. 28, 2014 21:54
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I remember that the average price of ordinary name stamp-carving is about 50 to 60 CNY.

Normally, the price of this kind of things depends on materials and engraved works.
High quality represents high price.

So you can choose what you like. :)
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