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2012-06-12 12:00 ChineseTime

 

 Panjiayuan Flea Market

Panjiayuan Market is a sprawling gargantuan living being that comes to life in the wee hours of Saturday morning as the vendors set up their stalls and display their wares. One day, even one weekend, isn't enough to see everything there is on offer, but thankfully, there is some method to the shopping madness.
Wares are somewhat divided according to type, so you'll find jewelry (pearls, amber, jade) in one section, furniture in another, etc. For bargain hunters it's a dream come true.


Panjiayuan Antiques Market (潘(pān) 家(jiā) 园(yuán) 旧(jiù) 货(huò) 市(shì) 场(chǎng) ) is in the southeast corner of the Third Ring Road, just east of Longtan Park. The Chinese address is 潘(pān) 家(jiā) 园(yuán) 桥(qiáo) 西(xī) .
Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 8:30am-6pm*; Sat-Sun 4:30am-4pm
*Only some of the permanent shops are open Monday through Friday. The main flea market and vendors are there only on Saturday and Sunday.

Panjiayuan Flea Market

Avoiding Fakes? It's Impossible:
Please, don't be fooled by the offers of "antiques". Chinese purveyors are experts at making fakes look like ancient treasures dug up and on sale for a fraction of what you'd pay at Sotheby's. Unless you are a dealer in Chinese artifacts and have years of experience, trust me, you won't be able to tell the difference, and even the dealers get fooled. The best thing to do is go with and open mind, a limited budget and a few ideas about what you'd like to have.
Bargaining:
Some say offer 10% of what the vendor is asking, some say 25% and work up from there. In my experience, the best thing to do is make some snap decisions and then start the negotiations at the low end.

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