Panjiayuan Antique Market
Panjiayuan Antique Market
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Antique ShopsFlea & Street Markets
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Open on the weekends only, this colorful and fascinating market offers a huge assortment of antiques and oddities by more than 3,000 registered stallholders.
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  • Tommydeee
    Hanmer Springs, New Zealand249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ultimate Surprise
    I would be surprised if you did not find this place amazing. It is huge, allow heaps of time and immerse yourself in the place. The noise of people sorting through stones was infectious. Many of the stalls were dealers selling to dealers with some ready made jewellery. Like any market the world over, check your purchases and enjoy. If you are worried about fakes stroll around and look. You see many items twice it’s a fake. Loved it got some beautiful jewellery at really good prices. Sadly not enough space to have bought more. Going back today for a few more bargains.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • PJ
    Singapore, Singapore22 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Basically a ceramics / jewellery market
    The market was mostly ceramics and jewellery. There was a section that appeared more flea style, and another that was a market of more push carts. We understood some may be 2nd hand items (I guess from the flea style section), and I also understand from a local that most of the ceramics would be heavily overpriced. We thought the place felt a little dusty / dirty looking - Personally did not enjoy the space.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 3, 2024
  • clairewrobel
    Beijing, China47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beads Galore
    Rows upon rows upon rows of shopping! I would say over half of it is selling beads and jewelry and the other half is home goods. There were some cool sellers that would carve a name stamp for you right there. There’s also an indoor part that has more expensive shops, such as for furniture, tea, or high end jewelry. My family didn’t buy much but got a few trinkets. Remember to haggle! Overall a good experience but I don’t plan to go back soon.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 12, 2024
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Tom190737
Shenzhen, China5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
I do not understand why they are so many positive reviews on this, please. It has absolutely nothing to do with Antique for most of the the the the shops. Firstly, all staff you can find there, you can find anywhere else in BJ. Secondly, most of it is fake.
If you want to buy souvenir that will stay in the bottom drawer or get a useless gift for your friends, that's the place for you. If you look for really unique and interesting staff do not waste your time going to this market.
Written July 14, 2021
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,548 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Business
I didn’t find anything to get excited about buying. Many of the items are not antiques, and those that are or close to being, are overpriced.
Written September 13, 2019
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Smithers1951
sydney Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Dirt Market was the very first experience of Beijing we had the day after we arrived. It was fantastic, very dirty of course, we browsed for about 2 hours to see what they had to offer, mostly craft items, porcelains, brass incense burners, bone carved opium pipes, wooden boxes, pearls, Mao clocks, brass gongs, pretty much any thing and every thing you could think of that is not in the clothing line. It was quite fascinating like nothing we had ever seen before but beware there was a lot of spitting by the locals, you have to make sure you are out of the line of fire. I would definately recommend this market, we bougt a lot of unusual and interesting items. Rhonda - Australia
Written May 5, 2006
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talentpicker
Miami, FL479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Every large city in China has either an Antique centre or a local flea/collectors market,Beijing has the largest.All the major hotels can tell you where it is and the taxi drivers know it also.The main days are Saturday and Sunday open from sunrise to late.The market spreads over a vast area with a few alleys,a large covered section and even larger open area shaded by huge umbrellas in the summer.The wares and artworks are displayed on the floors rather than tables and methodically laid out in rows so you don't get lost.The rewards are many for being patient and almost everything you can imagine can be found here,they include ancient glass,hardstone carvings,jades of differing qualities both jewelry and larger carvings.Wood and silver,paintings and ethnic art,snuff bottles,ivory carvings and beads,pearls,drapery and various metalwork to include bronze,cast iron and realistically carved ancient stones.

BUYER BEWARE: Very little of what is displayed here is real particularly if you are trying to find real antiques,yes they are here but to find them takes patience and a good grounding in what you are looking for.As this is the largest attraction in the city Western visitors flock here by the thousand expecting to find the real stuff....................I have forty years as a professional and I assure you real things can be found but if its too good to be true,then its fake.Lets talk percentages less than 5% of what you see is real and there is a price for the locals and a price for the foreigner.The sellers fall into many categories those that come from a far away village and just here by chance will be your only chance to find the real deal.The vendors come and go like the blind leading the blind,they are here to take money, your money,they will do it with a smile because this is a serious game of sheer robbery,they know it and smile again at you when they tell you its old,knowing they had just been to the local factory the day before to buy it fresh off the production line. Completely dismiss burial pieces covered in earth as the Government has strict rules on such things and here in the market there is enough copies to fill ten museums.Also there are restrictions and heavy fines for trying to export certain types of antiques out of China without permission.

The touts pull at you,show you pictures and try to get you to go with them do not as in recent times people have been bullied and in some case robbed when they left the safety of the common areas.Jades are either new and well carved not trying to imitate anything other than the subject chosen and are good investments.The older jades rarely are,as real pieces are fetching premiums in the artworld The pieces suggested as from burial grounds are as close as the local building site and are made to look old,they are not.Whether the intent is clear or not if you let the locals rob you they will smiling all the time saying anticky,anticky, anticky.You say price,here is your chance to play the same game,as there are so many duplicates in the market they will bargain rather than loose you to a less greedy vendor a footstep away.......................

Go with high hopes of getting an education of being robbed blind,bargain 10% of the asking price and smile back or walk away,if your offer is even close they will push a phone or calculator in your face and repeat you say best price,pay what you are happy to pay.If you are a real antique dealer shame on you if you can't tell the difference,buy things as decorative values only as there are some unique pieces to be found every weekend.Most of the vendors are poorly educated and really do not have a clue what they have,but beware of the seasoned seller with a good story,listen,smile back and walk away before they have chance to offload a piece which they have more in a paper bag waiting for the next dreamer.I really do hope you will take my advise and show a degree of caution,if this article has helped you before you make a costly mistake give me a yes,so my thanks fellow collectors...............................
Written July 28, 2012
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Katie M
Seattle, WA33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Skip the Pearl Market and head to the Panjiayuan Market for a more authentic shopping experience. This is a great first day place to visit if you are waking up at early hours from jet lag. It opens very early at 5 a.m.

There are different sections and rows of stalls to explore in this covered outdoor market. One row will have all jade jewelry, the next will have statues, another artwork. You will definitely find a treasure or two to take home. Prices are good too. The best part is that the vendors don't yell at you like they do at the Pearl Market. You can leisurely browse without feeling pressure.
Written April 12, 2010
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talentpicker
Miami, FL479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Its location is known to all the hotel concierge and local taxi drivers,it is open on a weekday with permanent vendors but the excitement starts over the weekend when locals and visitors overwhelm the market..............Many antique dealers from the West say it is not worth a visit yet if you know who they are you will find them looking along side myself.

Less than five percent of what is on offer is real the other ninety five percent has been cleverly aged,cracked,damaged,over polished and buried to give an appearance of age and antiquity.I am well known after years of visiting and many vendors recognize me and smile and I just smile back.

Many are well educated young people selling modern items alongside older locals who are professional at the game they play.Do not buy hastily as you will as you progress around the market see the same or similar items time and again at differing price levels.Stay away from pieces that appeared to be buried and recovered as often they are real from road working sites and trench diggers,you can be stopped at the airport and heavily fined and the items confiscated.

THE LATEST NEW JADE IS OFTEN NOT JADE AT ALL: China has an excellent reputation for glass in imitation of many minerals and gemstones and there is an abundance to be found here,be very careful as there is a white jade commercially mined call SHANYU or mountain jade,it is not to be confused with natural boulder jade from Khotan and Hetian which are in a host of grey,white and tones of green.Also pendents called pei that were popular in the Qing Dynasty are now being produced in a glass mix which is very convincing also clever copies in real jade but produced commercially by stencil and laser techniques,great for jewelry but a fraction of the cost of an authentic piece.

BUY BECAUSE YOU LIKE IT AND NOT BECAUSE YOU THINK ITS ANTIQUE..There are wonderful bargains to be found if you have the patience to look,superb crafting even in the fakes and accept them for what they are and enjoy them.

MILITARY BADGES AND AWARDS,These items seem to be the latest reproduction and can be found already on the internet here in the West being sold as real for about $300 each they can be bought here for around $10 each.I have to laugh as over the decade I have visited the market it has become more prosperous.The small regular vendors have gone upscale with their shops and the weekend vendors have to be seen to be believed it is well worth a visit but remember less than five percent is real,so be careful.

WHAT TO BUY, Paintings,Ceramics,Bronze Wares,Lacquer,Agate Carvings,also Pearls

KEEP AWAY FROM.Burial Pieces,Jade unless you know what you are looking at,Minerals in the raw,Amber as much is just Resin,Qing and Ming Dynasty Porcelains,as much is made in Jingdezhen Province.and definitely not IVORY.

EATING, There is a very good restaurant on site adjacent to the carpark and the covered area where the books are sold.Menus in English are available you might have to point,and if you are snobbish do not go as the hygiene is not up to scratch the tables wiped off with the same rag,but sealed plates and cups are available,it has changed hands numerous times full of locals and the occasional dare devil like myself I have not ever got sick there but do not peer into the kitchen on the way in or out,this is local China not your hotel.

TOILET,Well lets say its not for the faint of heart,but there are a few...........

TAXI,Abundant by the main entrances in the week,total chaos on the weekends it is best to walk well clear of the market back to the main circular road or side streets,or just pure luck.

I hope this will help a few visitors and just on the bright side over the ten years I have gone visiting I have always found something great.
Written July 28, 2016
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kctam123
Hong Kong, China33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Beijing Metro Line 10, PanJiaYuan stations, Exit C1.

One of the entrances is located between Exit C1 and C2, so is very easy to find. A coffee shop is near the other Exit.

The market sells low-end items. There are high end antique shops (inside blocks called "antique city" e.g. http://www.antiquecity.com.cn/), on the west side within walking distance. So there are low-end and high-end antiques within this area.
Written November 27, 2014
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johnniew
Beijing, China220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
Just went there today for the first and as i have been to Beijing more times than I can count , wish now that I had been before. It is as everyone else says but please go with a positive attitude. Yes most of the stuff may not be real BUT this unlike the other tourist tat markets in Beijing where the shop ladies are abusive and you leave drained, thinking this is how it is in China! This place is real and from what I saw today there were more Chinese buyers than tourists! These buyers also are buying the real thing, whether it is jade, wood work, pottery. These people know what is what! Stand back and watch people ! I bumped into one young Chinese couple who had just bought a beautiful wood Qing dynasty wood panel, which they informed me, was originally from a Budhhist temple- and they paid 1400 rmb. Buy what you like the look of and pay what you are happy to pay. Personally, today I bought a couple of posters from the 1980's/1990's, genuine, a couple of small ginger jars, modern but aged to look old, some jade necklaces , real and 20 rmb each. Also if you want to do this place justice arrive around 9:30/10am and be prepared to look at every stall and shop. I left at 2pm. Also my Chinese cousin-in-law says weekends are the best time to visit. Just one last thing, for subway directions, Panjiayuan is now on the subway as line 10 is now a complete loop, so forget about old information about other stops like Jinsong and get out at this stop. Be warned, strangely there are no signs inside the subway station at the moment pointing the way to the market ( even Chinese visitors looked lost!) . Take exit B , walk up the steps on your left and then turn left. Walk down the road for 5 minutes (grey wall on your left is the market )and you will enter by the north gate. Enjoy and have fun!
Written March 17, 2013
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gabgeneva
Geneva139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Business
I was looking for a painting from the cultural revolution and my guide recommended that I go look there. New things are mingled with old ones and I found a real little tresor: a beautiful painting of a girl in military pose from the 50s or 60s.
The asking price was steep but having learned from my guide I offered 20% (could have gone lower according to him) and we made the deal at roughly 30% of the asking price. Me walking away to look at other things further down the lane several times...and immediately the price plunged. When I handed over the money...a bill that was higher than the agreed price...they suddely were willing to part from another painting at a fraction of the price (hah..my guide was right...I could have driven an even harder bargain...but you need a lot of time and patience).
My son (who had "ordered" the painting) was hugely happy when I brought it back. A nice memento.
During our search we visited the buildings (two stories with shops on top and bottom) and several open air stalls under umbrellas, which have a definite flee market feel and the merchandise corresponds to it too. While not everything is old (certainly the stone work is not...but anyway really beautiful), there are interesting knick-kacks everywhere.
Careful it closes quite early...but contrary to other reviews, I found it open during the week...just a lot less choice.

Panjiayuan Market translation: 潘家园旧货市场

Location: No.18, Huaweili, Chaoyang District 朝阳区华威里18号
Tel: 010-67741869
Open Time: 08:30-16:30
Transportation: Take city bus no. 36, 51, 64, 713 or 802 and get off at Huaweixili or Panjiayuan Station.

PS: For antique hunters: I also found this address of a website with other addresses...I didn't check them out, but you might want to? http://www.chinahighlights.com/beijing/shopping.htm
Written July 13, 2012
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Richa J
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
This market is HUGE and what we liked most about this was that it is pretty well-organized and clean compared to flea/antique markets in other cities in SE-Asia.

Accessible by Subway line 10 (take Exit B), this market sells everything from all kinds of beads, trinkets, silver jewelry, pottery items and beautiful vases, paintings to decorative items made out of wood, paper, clay and metal.

There are rows upon rows of vendors and as you start off, you will notice that vendors selling similar stuff occupy the entire lane. So you have a couple of lanes of paintings, then wooden artifacts, then clothes and then everyone selling beads and jewelry.

Bargain and bargain hard. Chances are that they are qouting you a price which is 10-20 times the actual price. Take your time to go through the stalls if you are actually interested in buying something, as you might find the same stuff in better quality and a lower rate in some other kiosk.

While not everyone is selling antique stuff, it makes for an interesting experience. Besides the two huge sheds in the middle with hundreds of vendors, the complex also has shops in the permanent structure lining the periphery and you will find stores selling beautiful furniture in them, besides the usual jade jewelery and Chinese vases.

Carry water if you plan to be there for long, though there are a couple of places selling beverages inside the complex. There is also a cafe 'Oak Door Cafe' which offers good cappucino and some food like pizzas and sandwiches.

Try to go there in the morning or early afternoon, as several vendors will start winding up by 4pm.

While not everyone is selling antique stuff, it makes for an interesting visit.
Written June 28, 2016
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