Panjiayuan Beijing Antique Market
Located at the west of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring Road, Panjiayuan Antiques Market (潘家园旧货市场), often referred to as Beijing Antique Market, is very accessible, dealing mainly in antiques and crafts. It is known for being the cheapest antique market in Beijing, attracting many foreign and domestic shoppers here every day.
Covering an area of 48500 square meters and accommodates over 3000 stalls, Panjiayuan market is the largest antique market in Asia. Secondhand goods, arts& crafts, and antiquities are the main transactions in the market. It used to be a weekend-only market. But, after some refurbishment work, it is now open for business seven days a week. However, Saturdays and Sundays are still the best days to go.
You can also find antique furniture imitations, old books & paintings, agate, jadeite, ceramics, ancient Chinese and foreign coins, leather puppets and all kinds of Chinese opera masks. Buddhist relics, costumes of ethnic minorities, apparels, “Cultural Revolution” (1966-76) articles and daily necessities can also be found here.
And let me tell you some tips for telling the real from the not-so-real, the easiest way to tell if a piece of furniture is really an antique is to lift it. An authentic old piece, generally made of hardwood, should be much heavier than a new one. If you knock on the panels, different sounds are produced. The wood of a fake piece is generally thinner and emits a clearer and harsher sound.
8:30 – 18:30 from Monday to Friday
4:30 – 18:30 Saturday and Sunday
What can you get there: Antiques, crafts & arts, Secondhand goods and much more.
Price: Need bargain, from very low to very high since they are antiques.
How to get there: Panjiayuan Subway Station station, get off B, head west about 100 meters
Address: The crossing of the west of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring. 地址: 东三环南路潘家园桥西南