If you are looking for a place to buy genuine antique stuff, you would surely enjoy visiting Beijing’s Panjiayuan Antique Market as it offers you a wide selection of antique items. This market is the largest, most affordable and popular market that sells second-hand items in China. Locals and tourists alike go to this flea market to acquire exquisite stuff at a less expensive price.
What to Buy
If you want to start collecting antique goods, this market is a good place to start your collection. It offers different antique products such as ancient paintings, calligraphy, puppets, minority clothes, carved furniture, souvenirs, lamps, baskets, opium balances. The list below is a rundown of what else you can get on the market:
• Carved Furniture
Traditional Chinese furniture is done with a high-class wood-working technique where images of spirit or animal designs and flowers are carved on them. Carved furniture ranges from doors and windows to cupboards and wardrobes.
• Ancient Propaganda Pictures
Ancient books and propaganda pictures are sold in this market by collectors. These items show the culture of the old times and can bring you back in ancient times of war and recovery.
• Jewels and Jades
Probably one of the most popular items to get from this market are the jewels. Jewelry made from pearls, coral, diamonds, crystal, amber, and jade”which is highly valued in China”are widely available in this market.
• Calligraphies and Paintings
Antique paintings that use traditional Chinese style painting of watercolor, oil, and ink are available in this market. If you are lucky, you can find original manuscripts, but you have to be very careful of imitations.
Items made of Porcelain are highly coveted in China. With its exquisite design and special styles, these porcelain wares can date back hundreds of years ago. There are also imitations sold in the market for a less expensive price.
Craftworks such as gold or silverware, bone, and bamboo carvings, woven and dyed cloth, embroidery, paper-cuts, and lacquerware and teapots are available in the market. These craftworks show the general essence of Chinese fold like during the ancient times.
• Ask for a formal invoice when you purchase antique items with great value. There should be terms of refund if the item turns out to be fake or damaged
• Check the items using a magnifying glass and under proper lighting to have a careful look regarding the authenticity of the product.
• Ask about the price first before reaching out for the goods. Be careful also with bargaining, as bargains tend to have damage or counterfeits.
How To Get There
This market is a popular tourist attraction, so getting there is pretty easy. It is accessible by Metro. Get down to Panjiayuan station where you get out on Exit B straight to a bridge and into a small outdoor market area until you reach the market’s entrance.
The market is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, and 4:00 am to 6:00 pm during Saturdays and Sundays.