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Beijing Shopping

Beijing is not the place to buy expensive designer clothes and accessories or imported cosmetics if it can be avoided, as most luxury items are heavily taxed in China.

Scitech (CVIK) Plaza

22 Jianguomenwai Dajie

Chaoyang District

Tel: +86-10 6512-4488

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

ScitechPlaza sells clothing, houseware, cosmetics, toys, sporting goods, and stationery. It also houses a supermarket in the sub-basement. On the first floor, you will find counters of leading cosmetics brands -- including Clinique, Christian Dior, and Lancome.

Friendship Store

17 Jianguomenwai Dajie

Chaoyang District

Tel: +86-10 6500-3311

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You can buy a variety of Chinese tea, medicines, silk material, carpets, stationery, tapes, CDs, as well as handicrafts from Yunnan province. The bookstore on the first floor carries the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, The Economist, Newsweek, and Time as well as leading European magazines.

China World Trade Center Shopping Center

1 Jianguomenwai Dajie

Tel: +86-10 6505-2288

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Imported clothes such as Burberrys, Alfred Dunhill, and Cerruti

The Palace Hotel

1 Gold Fish Hutong

Wangfujing Dajie

Tel: +86-10 6512-8899

The Palace Hotel has the largest collection of the best European brand names: Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Fendi, Bally, Armani, Gieves & Hawkes, Christian Dior, Nina Ricci.

Shidu Department

99 Wangfujing Dajie

Tel: +86-10 6526-7890

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Carries popular brands, like Charles Jourdan, Ralph Lauren, Esprit, Jessica, Ports. Also leading international cosmetics and perfumes, including Elizabeth Arden, Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Shiseido and Gucci

Sun Dong An

138 Wangfujing Dajie

Tel: +86-10 6527-6688

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Caters mainly to local shoppers

Lufthansa Center

52 Liangmaqiao

Chaoyang District

Tel: +86-10 6465-1188

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Clothing, housewares, cosmetics, toys, sporting goods, stationery, and a supermarket in the basement

Silk Market (Xiushui Shichang)

At the corner of Jianguomenwai and Dongdaqiao

Sells men's and women's apparel, silk, cashmere. Silk alley is also known for a large collection of name brand items (of questionable origin and quality): North Face, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi's, J.Crew, Nike, Prada, and more. Popular with both tourists and long-time Beijing residents

Sanlitun Street Market

Sanlitun Jiubajie (Sanlitun Bar Street)

Sells name brand (counterfeit or factory rejected) apparel and some local handicrafts.

Hongqiao Market

Northeast of the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

A good place to buy fresh water pearls

Panjiayuan Antique and Curio Market

Huaweiqiaoxi Nan Dajie

Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District

Dealers here specialize in ceramics, Cultural Revolution kitsch, and bric-a-brac, from real antiques to products fresh from the factory made to look like antiques. There are always some good buys here if you take the time to walk up and down the many lanes. The best time to come is Saturday or Sunday when this open-air market is packed with dealers.

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