The go-to place for antiques (and fakes), the Panjiayuan Antiques Market is also popular with tourists admiring traditional art styles or looking for ornaments to decorate their homes.
It doesn’t only sell antiques however – today, you’ll find everything from modern Chinese art to second hand furniture, all mixed in together. It makes for a fascinating visit, even if you don’t actually intend to purchase anything!
As with most Chinese markets, prices are open to negotiation – so be ready to bargain. As a rough guide, start at 25% of the original asking price – but always keep in mind your maximum price and don’t get carried away in the excitement!
Fakes are rife in the antiques market, particularly if they identify you as a more gullible foreigner. If purchasing expensive items, always ask for a certificate proving its age and value – you may also be required to produce this at customs when leaving China.
Be careful when handling items not to damage anything and ask for permission before touching – there have been cases of sellers demanding excessive compensation from visitors who have accidentally broken items in the past.
Opening hours: 8:30 – 16:30 (weekdays), 4:30 – 16:30 (weekends).
Transport: take metro line 10 to Panjiayuan (潘家园 – exit B)
Top tip: more stalls are open on the weekends, making the market a more lively and vibrant place to visit then.