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Buying Pearls and Jewelry in Beijing

Nearly all pearls sold in the open market are cultured, this is because cultured pearls are much more numerous and easy to produce and harvest than natural pearls. Thus, cultured pearl jewelry is much more common.

pearl necklace
Buy a dazzling pearl necklace as decoration, which will make you more charming and beautiful.

Nowadays, Japan and China are major global suppliers of cultured pearls. In fact, Chinese pearls account for approximately 96% of pearls sold everywhere in the world. Even most pearls sold as Japanese were actually grown on Chinese pearl farms.

cultured beads
Have a close-up to the waterfresh pearls, and a beaded cultured pearl shows a solid center with no concentric growth rings.

Top 10 Beijing Shopping Markets to Buy Pearl and Jewelry

You should never miss buying the cultured pearls and jewelry in Beijing, although most of them are fake. They are dazzling and beautiful, and there's always a good chance you'll find something you like for a reasonable price.

Below is a list of Beijing shopping markets where you can buy pearls and jewelry.

1. Beijing Hongqiao Market

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.
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2. Beijing Panjiayuan Market

As the largest market selling second hand goods and curios in the area, it is like a big museum, attracting visitors at home and abroad with its unique charm. Panjiayuan market is truly a market packed with Chinese traditional culture.
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3. Beijing Silk Market

Beijing Silk Street High-rise, which draws lots of attentions, is open for the public on 19 March, 2005, replacing the infamous original outdoor Xiushui market. It has been a shopping center in Beijing.
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4. Wangfujing Street

Wangfujing is now considered as the central heart of Beijing City. It is the first modern-style commercial street in Beijing, about 800 meters long and on two sides of it standing many stores and malls. A walk from end to end would take you about 30 mins, and that's without looking at any shops and malls.
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5. Beijing Yashow Market

Yaxiu Market, also known as Ya show market, located on Chaoyang District, is an indoor 4-floor store, just like the Silk Market. It is the clothing bazaar for Beijing locals, so the prices are much lower.
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6. Wudaokou Clothing Market

There is a popular clothing market in Beijing, not only for Chinese teenagers, but also for foreign people visiting or studying in the capital. This place is located near Wudaokou and took its name after its situation: Wudaokou Clothing Market Beijing.
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7. Beijing Liulichang Street

Lilichang is 750m long with a long history from Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Now, there are dozens of shops here, and it is really a good place to these who love Chinese curios, calligraphy, painting or other artwork.
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8. Beijing Yandai Xiejie

Yandai Xiejie, located in an 800-year old hutong neighborhood that has not been bulldozed for the Olympics or otherwise, you can get a feel for an ancient neighborhood while browsing through antiquities, minority shops and art galleries.
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9. Beijing Nanluoguxiang

As one of the best preserved historical areas of Beijing downtown, Nanluoguxiang is a great place to chill out and enjoy the surrounding architecture, as well as being one of the most chic and trendy places to hang out in the afternoons and evenings.
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10. Qianmen Street

Located at the center of Beijing near Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Street, no more than 2 km long, has been a prosperous area for more than 600 years and has accumulated some long-standing stores.
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