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Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)

Address: 9 Tiantan Rd, Beijing, China
Phone Number: 010-67119130
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Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This is Beijing’s largest and most popular market for pearl jewelry...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: This is Beijing’s largest and most popular market for pearl jewelry (notably freshwater pearls), clothing and luggage.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

The bargaining will wear you out. The person selling will often not quote a price and ask you to make a stupid offer. You can find a variety of things but you have to really low ball them to get a deal.Reallylowball the offer and you will be surprised when they accept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I went there simply to buy presents. Nice market place with large variety. Scarves, bags, electronics, luggage, juwelry (pearls) on 3rd floor. Particularly liked number 108 (her name is June and so eels good english) expect to pay 1/4 of original asking, no more. I did find vendors a bit aggressive.

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Santo Domingo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My husband and I realized right away that the bargain thing in China is a show. They have the lowest already set, that mostly is 30% of what they offered. It's fun but some of the vendors can be really aggressive. They speak any language, at least what they need to know, because my husband told me something in Spanish... More 

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Kolkata
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This place is bang opposite the Summer Palace. The place is full of shops selling cheap stuff. If at all buying something definitely haggle and start from half the price. Not good for shopping. just full of duplicate stuff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I enjoy walking the entire place floor to floor. Some of the products they sell are cheap and good but some are lacking in quality. At any rate, you are going to be paying less than half of what you would pay back home. Remember to bargain hard. Offer less than 50 percent of what they ask!

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

When I heard we were going to the Pearl market during our tour I thought wow what amazing deals we would probably get while we were there...but after making friends with my tour guide I found out all is not what it appeared to be...it's not necessarily a bad thing you are getting a great deal on the pearls but... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

So this is where you can get all your "made in china" crap. Personally, I like nice things and so I have nice things. The Pearl Market is filled with billions of fake things. If you don't own name brand things and want to buy fakes -- this is the place for you. But I have to be honest... I... More 

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Tampa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Be ready to do some major haggling if you find anything with pearls you like. But there's tons at the market other than just pearls! You can find almost anything you can think of. But the pearls are beautiful!

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Pros Low overhead for venders so much better prices (the venders usually start somewhere 5 to 10 times the ending price) Much better selection than silk market Very close to Temple of Heaven Amazing pearl selection and prices. Much much better than Hong Kong or Shanghai

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Now I fully admit that it's been over 10 years since I visited this market. but from what I remember it was an amazing experience. even just browsing and rubbernecking among the stalls was an absolute thrill to see what was available. and though I did get scammed once or twice on less than reputable merchandise (always check kids.) it... More 

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