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“Junky but vast and fun”

Panjiayuan Antique Market
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Yes, this may not be for buyers of serious art and antiques. It is, however, full of vendors selling Chinese trinkets and gewgaws, carved jade-like things, furniture, all sorts of stuff. It is very, very large -- many vendors and stores. It was bustling on a Thursday morning at the end of November. I bought some cheap but colorful heavily embroidered textile items.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

If you consider buying paintings and painters' accessories, this market is like any flea market with people showing off old stuff and few antiques or looks-alike.

You can also find some souvenirs and jewelry, and as usually must bargain.

Open all days but focused on Sundays and Saturdays, you better reach there by taxi or busses 34, 99, 674, or walk about 20 min. from Shuangjing station (line 10). the market is located adjacent to Panjiayuan Bridge which is over Third Ring Road) and you can continue on to the Glass City (cheap glasses of all kind) which is walk away (walk north along the 3rd ring Rd. or back to the subway until you see some malls - all offering hundreds of glasses shops).

Actually I didn't find anything to buy there.

1  Thank ReuvenM
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

I nice place to come, have a look, take some photographs, maybe even buy something! You can get here on the subway, catch line 10 to Jinsong (end of the line) and then it is about a ten or 15 minute walk south.

3  Thank lauranada
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Well worth a visit on either Saturday or Sunday but please treat everything as new, there are some old things to be found but these are few and far between.
If you like what you see be prepared to bargain hard and you can take away a bargain.
Be prepared to spend a good few hours there.
The market is an easy walk from the Jinsong Metro station at the end of line 10.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

If you're looking for a place to buy cheap souvenirs to take home for friends, this place is definitely worth a visit. There are rows and rows of little stalls selling everything you can imagine - pearls, jade, ceramics, stones, Mao souvenirs, paintings, costume jewelry... but you probably won't find too many genuine antiques.

My husband and I spent almost half a day here going through both the indoor and outdoor sections one morning. We managed to find a bunch of really nice Chinese tea jars, incense holders, ceramics and colourful semi-precious stones for our daughter collects stones.

A few tips on shopping here though:

1) Bargain, bargain, bargain - Even if an item seems cheap to you, just offer 1/3 of the price before walking away. Even if they don't call you back, you'll probably find the same item at another shop where you can try your luck again. And if you don't find the item somewhere else, just walk by the shop again before you leave and chances are, they will remember you and you'll be able to strike a good deal.

2) Items that look old are probably not old - I would say 90% of items are new but they get rolled around in dirt to create the old antique look. So don't get fooled and don't pay too much for any item.

3) 30 RMB stalls - yes, there are stalls selling their items at a fixed 30 RMB (USD 4.50) each. While 30 RMB may already seem like a good bargain, you can easily get the seller to agree to reduce the price to 20 - 25 RMB, especially if you're buying more than one item. We bought lovely Chinese small ceramic vases, tea jars and pots for 20 RMB each. These make wonderful gifts for friends back home.

The wide variety, low prices and fun Chinese souvenirs make this place a much better place for bargain hunting than places like the Silk Market. The market is open everyday from 7.30 am.

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