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The opening up of Beijing to the west has had a huge impact on shopping. A wide variety of consumer items– both local and imported – are now available and bargains can be found throughout the city. The main shopping area is situated around Wangfujing Dajie, where there are many department stores, including the Beijing Department Store, which mainly caters for the Chinese market. Many shopping malls have international and upmarket shops.

The best clothing shops are located on Dong Dan Bei Dajie, as well as Silk Alley, Xiushui Dong Jie off Jianguomenwai Dajie, where there are also silk stalls. Here, prices are displayed but it is worth it to haggle. The famous Friendship Store is just along the road, which has several floors of tourist souvenirs, jewellery, laquerware, clothes, carpets, and Chinese tea.

Today the long-established markets in the city compete with many modern shopping malls, the most glamorous is the Lufthansa Centre, Liangma Qiao Lu, with its large number of international shops and snack bars. Another good shopping mall is the Xidan Shopping Centre, Xidan Bei Dajie, with shops offering a variety of food, electronic goods, jewellery, and clothes.

Antique collectors should head for Liulichang, a short walk south of Heping Men subway station. This market is loaded with ancient-style shops, refurbished in a traditional way and offering an astounding variety of antiques and curios. The antiques more than 100 years old are marked with a red wax seal and an export licence must be obtained before taking them out of the country. The weekend market at Panjiayuan Jiuhuo Shichang is a huge, open-air place with excellent bargains on items such as jade, pottery, wood paneling, and bric-a-brac.

Most shops hours are daily 09:00-20:00. There is no sales tax in China.

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