My partner and I came here on the advice of Lonely Planet's China guide. The mall is located within moments of The Forbidden City (one metro stop away from Tian Sq) and at the foot of the Wangfujiang shopping district. The best aspect of the mall is that it provides air conditioned shopping (much appreciated in Beijing in early June) with a wide variety of both Chinese and Western brands as well as a diverse food court - the latter is what brought us back.
If you are travelling on a budget, I highly recommend coming to this mall in order to eat if you are in the nearby area. The food court runs on a pre-paid card system (sort of like a subway/metro travel card system) where by you load it up with cash and then use the card when you want to pay for items bought at one of the many food outlets within the food court. It is mainly Chinese but varies between sum sum, dumplings, noodles, stir fry, hot pot and rice dishes. It took us a good 20 minutes just to scope out what was available. There are also fresh juice bars too. I personally recommend a rice place where the guy makes the food in front of you with pre-cooked rice wrapped in lotus leaf. A massive rice dish for two set us back the princely sum of £5 which included pork, prawns, beef, rice, black beans etc. Very delicious.
There are also restaurants in the mall too if you fancy sitting down. These are split between Asian, Chinese and Western restaurants.
They have great ice cream stalls here too if you're a fan. The clothing stores have staff who speak good English and if they don't they will do their best for the most part. We found the people very friendly and happy to help you. One issue with shopping in China is that very often store staff will follow you around the store. I am not sure if this is a commission motivated feature or if they consider it to be good service - either way it is best to just get used to it.
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