Monday, 14 May 2007

Beijing: Panjiayuan Antique Market

This Must visit antique market is known under many names: weekend market, Sunday market, antique market, flea market and some call it the 'dirt market'. The Chinese name is Panjiayuan market and it is not only on Sundays, even not only on weekends and it is not dirty at all. Last Saturday morning when our son went to school, we had that desire to browse once again that huge market of thousands of treasures (on about 45 thousand sqm).
I have taken my new 'toy' and made some pictures to share:

Porcelain and Shanghai poster girl in front of an antique shop

Chairman Mao and military stuff (I hope the hand grenades are fake)

Brushes for Chinese calligraphy and painting

Chinese cyclist in traffic jam from sheet metal

Browsing is part of the fun

'The difference between crap and treasure is luck, hard work and arriving early.', says the Beijing LUXE city guide.

Find more pictures and map and an American Journalist about Beijing's Dirt (cheap) Market.

Part of the market is open every day, but the real thing happens on Saturdays and Sundays from about 7am to 5pm at the 3rd ring road East. Every taxi in town knows the market.

Ask your concierge to write the destination in Chinese language for the taxi driver. And even more important: make sure you have the address of your accommodation in Chinese language otherwise you might not find your way back.

Photo Source: all mine !


Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Great niche post. Would have loved to know if you purchased anything and if it triggered any personal memories for it. Also if you could give the address.

-Suzie- said...

My huband purchased about ten of these metall toys, including the cyclist.

I will post the address in my five things to do in Beijing ... coming soon ... come in again...

Style Court said...

So happy to have found your blog. Amazing images and sources.

Alkemie said...

I really wish I could go shopping there!! It looks wonderful!

Ming Suan said...

Those metal toys are amazing. I have been to Panjiayuan about twice now but not seen the stall..will you share on the lot/row number/instructions on how to find them???

Ana said...

how can i get chinese antique brushes? i am from montenegro. thank you. ana scekic


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