Weitang Chinese Pearl and Gem City

Weitang Chinese Pearl and Gem City, Suzhou: Hours, Address, Weitang Chinese Pearl and Gem City Reviews: 4.5/5

Weitang Chinese Pearl and Gem City

Weitang Chinese Pearl and Gem City
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Breedijk
Voorburg, The Netherlands19 contributions
Pearls pearls pearls
Feb 2019
What a great place to shop for pearls! You can choose your strings of pearls and have your own necklaces, bracelets or anything made to suit your needs. They ‘knot on the spot’ so no worries about knotting the pearls. We visited some stalls in the middle and some shops on the outside. Shop owner Jenny from number 17 was extremely helpful and even organized transport back into Suzhou town.
Written February 27, 2019
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Anna-Maria U
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada248 contributions
For lovers
Oct 2017 • Couples
As always , 15 min presentation which was actually very interesting and than almost 2hr for shopping. I am not amateur of pearls, but I wanted to buy sth for my Mom and find sth in reasonable price was difficult.
Written December 30, 2017
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Dunxs1
Yorks, England40 contributions
A must visit whilst in Suzhou
Dec 2016
A good way out of town but get the taxi to wait for you and all's well.
Lots of stalls and slightly more high end shops around the edges of the building all selling pearls, jade and various jewellery items.
Haggle hard and always push for the stall holder to get the best quality items out, they usually have best items squat away under the counter and will try to sell not so good pearls first. Make sure the pearls are uniform in size and shape, shiny and we'll suited together.
There are bargains to be had but you may need to walk away and return for the best prices.
Written May 28, 2017
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Charley57_01
Kinsale, Ireland3 contributions
Go with some pearl knowledge and know what you want exactly (pictures help)
Oct 2016 • Couples
As others have said here on other reviews, China Pearls and Gems City in Weitang can be overwhelming but also a shopper's paradise. We went with a couple that had shopped there before. The wife happened to be Chinese. They had a few stands that they had purchased from before, but us being Americans, the prices were much higher than expected. We "divided and conquered" and our Chinese friend found the stand with what we were looking for. We shopped that stand and ended up with more than a dozen pieces of custom pearl necklaces, earrings, etc. A couple of them were made to specification to match pictures we had brought with us. There was a store I had read about in the back left corner that we visited. The owner was very unhappy that I had a Chinese gal helping me negotiate. My friend was told in no uncertain terms that she was "working with the enemy. She was supposed to be helping the Chinese make money!" I did venture back in to that store to have two necklaces made later. One involved three pearls only and turned out fine. The last piece, I picked out a beautiful Black Sea pearl, felt the grit on my teeth, it was just what I wanted. As I paid, the man took the pearl to drill it and thread it on a silver chain. They were thrilled and waved gratefully as I left. Back at my Suzhou hotel, I realized that the black pearl had been switched out with a plain black bead...no grit. If you are having anything custom made, don't take your eyes off it from beginning to end! Our earlier stand, wish I knew their name, were so nice! We have in fact bought from them since and look forward to returning in a few months to buy from them once more! I will post their name after I get it.
Written January 12, 2017
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Pam M
Canada72 contributions
#17 The best value
Sep 2016 • Business
I have bought pearls in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and now Suzhou. Pearl and Gem City is overwhelming if you are a first time buyer. The vendor at boutique #17 was extremely helpful and patient with me. I spent well over 2 hours with her while she hand made my necklaces. I was designing a new style necklace and couldn't quite describe it to her. Once I collected the strands of pearls, and mixed them all together, she understood my vision. The completed necklaces are stunning. I also purchased a strand of Tahitian white pearls- not the top quality as these were really out of my price range. Mid-quality were perfect.

I strongly recommend #17 vendor. She speaks English well enough and will take the time to find what you are looking for even if you don't quite know yourself.

The location is a bit out of the way, however, my hotel ordered a taxi for me to get there. To return, they helped organize taxi service back to the hotel.
Written September 18, 2016
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Debbie
Herzliya, Israel376 contributions
Shop till you drop
Jun 2016 • Solo
The Pearl Market ״bursa״ is amazing. Prices are really great compared to any other retail or distributor jewelry shops so bring cash and stack up.
There are various types of pearls ranging from low to high prices. There are endless stalls with strands and strands of pearls. If you are not a pearl maven, you can buy whatever looks good. They are all real - no fakes here.
I picked up jewelry on my first visit there and was so happy that I had a chance to return and buy more. There are gorgeous pieces of pearl jewelry, rings, earrings, you name it. Beware in the summer months - it's awfully hot - but that does not stop a shopper's joy.
Written June 28, 2016
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Patricia R
Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal158 contributions
design your own unique piece and have it made; US credit cards accepted in some shops
Nov 2015 • Solo
As other reviewers have noted, this market is overwhelming, so it pays to determine your goals/budget beforehand. I would advise bringing a picture of what you want.

I was shopping for colourful pieces and pearl enhancers, and went to Mrs. Hang in number 17 (back left). She said she set fair prices and refused to bargain, but gave me some gifts after our transaction was concluded. I don't think I got a giveaway price but fair enough, and I enjoyed myself tremendously. She takes US credit cards!!!
Written November 28, 2015
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491max
Albuquerque, NM155 contributions
Visit to the pearl market is always a treat
Nov 2015 • Friends
Visited the pearl market on many occasions and are always happy with my buys. The place is not so easy to find, the best way is taking the high speed train to Suzhou Bei and then take a taxi for approx. 20 rmb. Besides a lot of sweet water pearls, you can find salt water and south sea pearls too even as a lot of other gems. The prizes are very good as also the quality and they can make what you want on the spot. Lina is my favorite sales person, very honest lady. She has downstairs and upstairs a shop
Written November 11, 2015
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Robert B
70 contributions
Great place and prices
Oct 2015 • Family
Lots of vendors and options to choice from. I was not well educated before going and had a vague idea of what I was looking for. I purchased a few items that I felt good with and walked away happy knowing I would have paid a lot more for in the States. Walked away with lots of questions, so I'm going to do some research and go back more prepared and with ideas of what I really want to get next time. Make sure to haggle also. I did a little this trip, but will be doing so more in the future. I went to shop #17 in the back left, there were some higher end shops, but I was told this one had a good following with people from my work. Lots of options and ranges of quality. Can buy strings whoesale or they can tie them into necklaces on the spot. I ended up getting free pairs of pearl earrings, not the best but free, with each necklace when I said I didn't want to purchase them. I'll be visiting them again.
Written October 27, 2015
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Bob
Chardon, OH1,570 contributions
A little money goes a long way
Mar 2015 • Business
This is a mix of established shops around the outside and a bunch of tables packed in the middle. You will have everybody clamoring for your business. I went to one of the established places on the far right end called Wangshi Zhuba. They had a room in the back where they showed us pearls and gave us tea. They had a huge selection and you could get a nice necklace for 20 bucks and an over the top one for around $100 USD.
Written April 30, 2015
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