Hongqiao Pearl Market
Hongqiao is an indoor mall, a well-known market dealing with pearls around the world. It is reported that more than 1,500,000 visitors come to Hongqiao Market to buy pearls yearly. Even the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been to Hongqiao Market three times because she was very impressed with the beautiful pearls.
Actually, the name of Hongqiao Pearl Market is a little bit misleading, because it offers much more than just pearls in its four-story building, and provides everything from bags, shoes, clothes, silk, to seafood, and digital products.
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30 AM - 7 PM
Location: No. 46, Tiantan Dong Lu, Chongwen District; just opposite Tiantan Park, and to the east of the Temple of Heaven Best Time to Shop:
Any time a day is doable to shop in Hongqiao Market, but it will be crowded in the afternoon.
How to get to Hongqiao Market
- Take subway line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen Station and take exit A, and you will see the Pearl Market ahead on your right and will need to across the street.
- Take Bus. 6, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43, 60, 106, 116, 723, 743, 821 and get off at Fahuasi Stop)
What to Buy in Hongqiao Market
Seafood: In the basement, there is a seafood market, which has played an important role since the establishment of the market. Most of the seafood are mainly supplied to big hotel sand restaurants in and around Beijing.
1/F Digital Products & Watches: There are many internationally famous digital products sold here which makes this market of equal standing with Zhongguancun(the most famous digital market in Beijing). Apart from that, watches of different brands and different quality will certainly dazzle your eyes. They attract merchants from Western Asia and as far as Africa.
2/F Silk & Clothes: Silk symbolizes China since the ancient time and those products found in this market are of high quality.
3-5/F Pearls: It is the largest pearl distribution centre in China and it is also the central part of the market. There are many varieties of pearls, such as colors, sizes or smoothness. With these comes the vast difference in their prices, ranging from just a few yuan to tens of thousands of yuan. There are sea water pearl, freshwater pearl, coral, emerald, gem and other precious stones. One can be easily dazzled by the fashionable pearl necklaces, exquisite pearl ring sand simple but elegant pearl pendants. They are just absolutely fascinating.
A Virtual Hongqiao Shopping Tour
The ground level floor is all electronic gadgets....a wonderful place for all you hi-tech geeks out here! From DVD players, to speakers, mini disc players, mp3 players cameras, camcorders, batteries, portable TVs, headphones to mobile phone covers and I'm sure there's still lots I missed out on! And that's just the first section of the ground floor.
The second part is girly things like hair accessories, wigs, jeweler and then moving onto lighters in all shapes and sizes, and then onto the best part which all stuff Chinese! By this I mean cushion covers, bags, wallets, phone covers, boxes, runners for tables, table cloths, place mats, chopsticks sets, coasters ALL in beautiful colors with Chinese details and designs. Seriously every color under the sun! Something for everyone. It’s a great place to get Christmas and birthday presents for! The only problem is I think I've sent everything like that to my friends already.....now what?!
Moving onto the next floor you'll be surrounded by fake Gucci, Prada, Fendi and Louis Vuitton bags, purses and shoes....again…a good few hours could be spent here! And then the top floor is where you'll find the pearl paradise. All different shapes, sizes and colors! Things can be made for you on the spot, but again, remember to bargain! On this floor you will also find lots of arts and crafts. Perfect presents!
As I said earlier....you HAVE to bargain here and don't be fooled by the 'we are good friends' rubbish or the 'you speak good Chinese' because it’s just a ploy for you to like them and then you feeling bad about haggling the price down so much! Once you've been here long enough you know all the prices and they hate you coming back to their shop with your friends as they know they won’t be able to rip them off!
- To Hongqiao Photos Page to enjoy Hongqiao market more.