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Panjiayuan Antique Market

Updated:2008-06-06 10:34 | Source:

  The market lies to the southwest of

  Panjiayuan Bridge, East 3rd Ring Road South,

  Chaoyang District. It covers an area of 48,500

  square meters, of which 26,000 square meters are for

  business. It mainly deals in antiques and old

  articles, handiwork, collections, and decorative

  articles, with an annual business volume of RMB

  several hundred million. There are over 4,000 shops

  in the market, with nearly 10,000 dealers, 60% of

  whom come from 28 provinces, cities, and autonomous

  regions outside Beijing and over a dozen

  nationalities such as Han, Hui, Manchu, Miao, Dong,

  Uigur, Mongolian, and Korean.

  This spontaneous market came into being in 1992 as a

  roadside market. As trade in folk antiques and

  handiwork grew, it had become a large antique and

  handiwork market spreading folk culture in 2002.

  Many Chinese antique collectors believe that they

  started their career in Panjiayuan. A visit to the

  market has become as important a part of a foreigner

  ’s tour in Beijing as the Great Wall, the roast

  duck, and the Palace Museum.

  The shops in the market are open every day, while

  the stalls operate on weekends. This is the most

  attractive antique market in the country. On

  weekends the number of customers reaches

  60,000~70,000 a day, including over 10,000

  foreigners. Here tourists with different skin

  colors, speaking different languages, from different

  classes, and having different beliefs are

  intermingled. Dozens of important foreign

  politicians, such as Hilary Clinton, Republican

  Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis

  Hastert, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis,

  Romanian Prime Minister Nastase, Sri Lankan

  President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and Thai Princess

  Sirindhorn have visited the market and bought things

  here. Some of them spend a very long time here,

  stopping before every stall.

  The market has the greatest variety of collected

  articles in the country. Common kinds for sale are:

  ancient-style furniture, traditional stationery,

  ancient books, paintings, calligraphic works, old

  books, agate, jade, porcelain, Chinese and foreign

  coins, bamboo, wood, or bone carvings, shadow play

  masks, Buddhist articles, ethnic costumes, and

  relics of the Cultural Revolution.

  The market is the largest distributing center of

  folk handicrafts, including snuff bottles made in

  Hengshui, Yangliuqing New Year paintings, embroidery

  made in Jiangsu, wood carvings from Dongyang, stone

  carvings from Quyang, shadow play paraphernalia from

  Shandong, porcelain and crystal ornaments from

  Jiangxi, boccaro wares from Yixing, bronze wares

  from Shaanxi, costumes from Yunnan, Tibetan Buddhist

  articles, white jade from Xinjiang, and Jiaozhi

  pottery from Taiwan. These folk handicrafts are

  gathered in the market before being distributed all

  over the world.

  In 2004, at the prize-awarding ceremony of the first

  Annual Top Ten Lists of Collection in China, the

  market was elected one of the top ten antique

  markets in China.

  Address:No. 18 Huaweili, Chaoyang District, Beijing

  (Source:

  http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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