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Beijing



Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

This is a first-world city and a lot of the old markets are being razed. This is definitely not that kind of country any more. There is the Pearl Market but it is so commercial. You can find handmade lamps and furniture but the prices are not cheap. - Oct 24, 2017
Paintings, rugs at the Qianmen Carpet Factory, tons and tons of food. - Dec 3, 2015
Jade, pearls, porcelain. - Apr 12, 2015
Furniture, paintings and pearls. - Jul 18, 2014
Antique furniture, fake handbags, pirated DVDs - Jun 19, 2013
Artwork of all kinds; trips around the country. - Aug 27, 2011
Massage! - Apr 7, 2011
A society with 1.4 billion people makes few unique things. Settle for things that are definitely Chinese. The best gift I've found is silk bathrobes at YaShow market - real pure Chinese silk, very high quality, about $30. There really isn't much to buy here, though - it's all the same stuff you can get at Wal-Mart in the US, except lower quality and at higher prices (China has a 17% value added tax, and with incomes so low, the quality of items sold here tends to be either akin to dollar stores or super high end luxury goods). Of course, you can always buy a "Pravda" bag or a "Cucci" watch. If you're a geek, head to Zhongguancun. The fake (aka "Shanzhai") iPhones are hilarious, and you can buy incredibly powerful laser pointers with a 2km range. - Jan 18, 2011
Fake everything if you're into name brands. Jade, pearls, silk dresses, cashmere coats, lamps. - Apr 29, 2010
Furniture and silk. - Jan 26, 2010