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Beijing SpecialtiesApart from the political and cultural center, Beijing also boasts to be the shopping city in China. More than 13,000 retails stores, endless options and remarkably reasonable prices define the adventurous and exotic shopping you'll find in Beijing.

As early as in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), Beijing was a famous commercial city in the world. During the Qing Dynasty, the market in Beijing was brisk. Today shops in Beijing are in a great number, scattered in every corner and goods are sophisticated. Goods on Beijing market are brands, special and new products from various parts of the country. Beijing now has 10 famous shopping streets including the Wangfujing, Dongdan, Longfusi, Xidan, Qianmen and Xiushui streets, and Liulichang Cultural Street. These streets boast modern malls and boutiques shops and provide various kinds of services. What tourists to Beijing prefer to buy are unique handicrafts and cultural relics full of Beijing flavor, such as cloisonn, jade ware, bronzes and stone tablets with inscriptions, writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and ink slabs, antiques, paintings, calligraphic works and handicrafts including dough figurines, facial masks and kites unique to Beijing.

silkFor souvenirs, silk, designer reproductions, cashmere, gold, jade, tea, Chinese arts and crafts, and many more, Beijing is a great destination. Wangfujing, walking street for shopping, intersects with East Chang'an Avenue and is featured with a great collection of western brands and local makes; Qianmen Street is a commercial center; Silver Street, just in the Dongdan Beidajie; Jianguomenwai Dajie is famous for its colorful metropolitan scenes; The Silk Market in Xiushui Jie offers replica of widely known brands; Liulichang is the best place for antique hunters for shopping Antiques, painting and calligraphy scrolls; Antiques City at Panjiayuan is famous for antiques, jade, lacquer ware and snuff bottle; Beijing Curio city for antiques, handicraft and fold art works; Zhongguan Cun for computer with hardware & software Bargaining is accepted and expected on the streets, at market stalls, and in some private stores. However, in government run stores, hotel shops, and department stores, prices are usually non-negotiable.
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