Beijing

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There is no shortage of shopping in Beijing. Though the city lacks an appreciable downtown center, shiny new retail malls are springing up everywhere, combining upscale brands, boutiques, and restaurants. Major malls include Oriental Plaza (Dongcheng), Shin Kong Plaza (Chaoyang), The Place (Chaoyang), and Seasons Place (Financial Street).

Shopping in Beijing

Beijing 2008 Store

Located on Wangfujing Dajie street, the 2008 Olympics flagship store sells a huge range of official branded merchandise, plus some playful examples of sporting kitsch (check out their collection of gold Olympic memorabilia).

Gongmeidasha, 1st Fl. (South of Wangfujing Dajie), 011-8610-6669-9185, en.beijing2008.cn
Tags: shopping | souvenirs | sportswear

Grifted

Edgy slogan-ized t-shirts, re-imagined, Mao-era memorabilia, and Chinese kites are sold at this idiosyncratic store.

32 Nanluo Guxiang, 011-8610-6406-2716, www.grifted.com.cn
Tags: shopping | souvenirs

Houhai

Created seven centuries ago, the ponds of Houhai are lined with teahouses, trendy shops, and lantern-lit pubs – an idyllic Old Beijing backdrop for sunset cocktails, rickshaw rides, and sauntering with the locals.

between QianHai and XiHai, just north of QianHai, www.kinabaloo.com/houhai.html
Tags: shopping | editor pick | things to do

Panjiayuan Market

Each weekend, a mixed crowd descends on this large, open-air market for souvenirs like Chinese handicrafts, books, antiques, rugs, and paintings. Bargain hard.

South of Panjiayuan Bridge (southeast Beijing),
Tags: shopping | souvenirs | market | home

San Shi Zhai Feng Zheng Kite Store

Invented in China some 3,000 years ago, kites are still quite prominent throughout the country. Celebrate the tradition with a colorful high-flyer of your own – although cheaper versions are sold in markets throughout the city, this family-run shop sells intricate, hand-painted renditions of the craft (from elaborate dragons to delicate butterflies) that are well worth the higher prices.

29 Di'anmen Xidajie, 011-86-10-8404-4505
Tags: shopping | smart splurge | art | culture | traditional | crafts

The Village Sanlitun

This swanky 19-building development features 250 brand flagship stores like Sephora and Montblanc, fashion boutiques, retail outlets, China's first Apple Store, and an 89-room boutique hotel.

Sanlitun Bei Lu and Gongti Bei Lu (near Worker’s Stadium),
Tags: shopping | shopping mall | menswear

Torana Galleries

Tibet enthusiast Chris Buckley sells exquisite handwoven Tibetan carpets, rugs, and antique furniture sourced in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. The gallery-style store is located in the Kempinski Hotel.

50 Liang Ma He Qiao Lu, 011-8610-6465-3388, www.toranahouse.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | crafts | home

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