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Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)

9 Tiantan Rd, Beijing, China
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Ranked #7 of 266 shopping in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Ah, the Pearl Market!  There are 5 floors here, the elevator will only take you to 4, 5 must be done by the stairs unless you are savvy enough to... more »
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Singapore, Singapore
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Very aggressive selling and the need to negotiate aggressively, put me off shopping there, and it is not exactly cheap.

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Brisbane, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

There are better markets than this one. These sellers are really high pressure got chased down the building by desperate sellers unless you like this avoid it. Quality of goods not good in a lot of cases

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Amazing market with a huge variety of goods available. Pearls are a big part of this market and Ru PeiPei on the top floor, down a hallway just off the lobby. Bargaining is a way of life for the Chinese and they expect you to bargain.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Yes, it's very busy, full of tourists and the store holders will say anything to get your attention. There's a great watch shop (Bo Bo's) and also a great electronics (cannot remember the name) but neither will haggle at all. There's also a whole load of over-priced or poor quality goods where you need to use your best Mandarin and... More

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

so long overdue but I'm updating my profile! This place is walmart on crack and you can get almost anything there from electronics to jewelry to clothes for almost pennies but you HAVE to know how to bargain them down. They will start with the US cost of most anything...just know that whatever you pay in the US, don't pay... More

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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Pearl Market is easy to get to on the subway. We are seasoned travellers and comfortable bargaining but found the Pearl Market hard work. Many stall have similar product and you are harassed all the time. I wanted to buy pearls but was unsure of what to look for but didn't feel that I could trust anyone so was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Yes, you have to bargain hard. But if you go in and only pay what you think. The quality overall is great. I have bought 15 suits over the years for weddings for myself and friends. They are usually around $100. Its great place to buy shoes,jeans and general clothing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Pearl Market sells heaps of pearls, but also just about any other item of jewellery, electronics, apparel, leatherware or souvenir you are looking for. This is also a good place to come if you are in the market for a fake Rolex watch or Louis Vuitton handbag. The stall keepers are quite open about their knock-off merchandise, you can... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We've been to a number of places like this across Asia and this place didn't particularly stand out. The top floor has some good quality pearls , the next floor down some poorer quality pearls, then bags, scarves, electronics etc as you get to the ground floor. If you feel intimidated by hard selling then it's probably not for you.... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The Pearl Market is a very large market with a diverse selection of items to buy--local, handcrafted items (of pretty high quality), knock-off name brand merchandise, and everything in between. As with many markets in places like China, you as the buyer need to carefully inspect the merchandise before you buy it (especially items like electronics or jewelry). Electronics purchased... More

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