Shopping is an indispensable part of a tour of Beijing. With the unending array of newly-founded shopping malls, plazas, shopping centers, and shopping streets sprouting up in Beijing, shopping in Beijing has become most convenient. Commodities covering every field imaginable can be found in Beijing.
Wangfujing Shopping 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.
The Wangfujing shopping district aims to achieve equal ranking with New York’s Fifth Avenue, the Champs-Elysees of Paris and the Ginza in Tokyo. The packed stores in the street selling clothes, tea, shoes, souvenirs, books, hats, etc – you name it, Wangfujing’s got it.
Restaurants and a snack street can satisfy a craving. Wangfujing Snack Street is world-famous for its authentic Beijing snacks and food. The prices there are acceptable. You can find cafés in the shopping malls, like Starbucks.
Qianmen Street is another famous pedestrian street in Beijing. It has a history more than 570 years and is featured with ancient Beijing styled architectures and old Beijing shops. As it is located in the south of Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Street is always a priority choice for leisure and sightseeing after a pleasant time at the Tiananmen Square.
Qianmen Street is actually a great place to find the authentic taste of old Beijing and to feel the traditional life of local Beijing people. But also, Qianmen Street is modern. When strolling in Qianmen Street, you can go sightseeing on the main street, eating delicious food such as Quan Ju De Beijing Duck, candid haws, and old Beijing yogurt at the east of the street, or you can buy some interesting handcrafts and unique souvenirs at those numerous small shops on the west of the street. There is another thing I have to mention, is the special Dangdang Car which is actually a kind of electronic tram for sightseeing. It is very cute.
Xidan Commercial Street
Xidan CommercialStreet is called ‘the second Wangfujing’ in Beijing. Lying 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) west of Tiananmen Square, Xidan Commercial Street is called ‘the second Wangfujing’ in Beijing.Starting from Xuanwu Gate in the south, the commercial street is 5.4 kilometers(3.4 miles) long.
Xidan Commercial Street is known as one of the three most famous commercial centers in Beijing, together with Wangfujing Dajie and Qianmen Da Zha Lan. It consists mainly of food markets, clothes stores and commodities. The street is an international, modern, commercial combination of shopping, dining, recreation and culture. The center part of the commercial street is an entertainment square. There are a great variety of activity places prepared for you underground from the square, including a cinema, bowling alley, swimming pool and even an indoor rock climbing wall. There are also many modern buildings like the Xidan Department Store, the Xidan Shopping Center and the Chung You Department Store which can offer you middle and high class fashions, cosmetics and other goods. You can find many special counters for well known, world-wide brand names, such as Dior, LV, Chanel and Gucci. They will certainly dazzle your eyes.
Sanlitun Village is a shopping centre in the Sanlitun area of the Chaoyang District in Beijing, China. It comprises 19 buildings on two sites, a few minutes walk from each other. Besides retail space, the project includes a 99-room boutique hotel, The Opposite House.
Sanlitun has been in constant change and evolution since the end of the 20th century, when the city first committed itself to a policy of strong economic growth. Today, the neighborhood hosts a multitude of bars and nightclubs – both Chinese- and Western-oriented -as well as a number of large shopping malls filled with big name brands. Athletic wear brand Adidas has its largest store worldwide located in Sanlitun Village, and right next store lies Yashow (pronounced “yah-shoo”), a multi-level shop filled to the brim with vendors of cheap, custom, and counterfeit clothing, luggage, and other wares that attracts tourists willing to bargain hard for a good price.
The Nanluogu Lane and Drum Tower Area
The streets around Nanluogu Lane and the Drum Tower are old, with many ancient-style Chinese buildings. Authentic Beijing snacks in the traditional food shops are the highlights around the Drum Tower.
Lovely and characteristic Chinese trinkets can be found in Nanluogu Lane. It is about 800 meters long, with many cute shops. Strolling in this hutong, and bargaining with the vendors are very interesting.
Nanluogu Lane is located beside Houhai Bar Street, which is another paradise for young people enjoying the night in bars.
The Place is one of the modernist places in Beijing, located in Beijing’s CBD. Beijing’s funkiest new mall is easy to spot thanks to the digital canopy that sweeps over its central outdoor plaza – the biggest LED screen in Asia would you believe. The Place is a mixture of shopping mall, office building, Space Art and Fashion. Despite of the fabulous looking, The Place offers a place for luxury shopping and dining experience. There are stores like Zara, Aldo, MAC, Adidas, D&G, Ferrari and English-language bookstore Chaterhouse. Restaurants serving Chinese and Western buffets, book stores, and clothes shops are luxurious and elegant.
The Place is mainly composed of the huge screen in the middle and two luxury buildings on its both sides. People walk around under the screen enjoying the space art, high technique, lighting. The Place is alao a place for luxury shopping and gourmet experience.
There are several open-air bars for you to relax. The Place is a blend of shopping mall, office building, Space Art and Fashion. The Place is designed by Jeremy Railton. He is also the designer for the world largest electric screen in Las Vegas. Two four-story malls house Tourneau, China’s largest watch boutique, D&G, Ferrari and English-language bookstore Chaterhouse.