The mother of all "antique" markets is home to over 3,000 dealers who scour the countryside in search of antiques, family heirlooms and curios. This is the place to go for life-size terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, Qing-style furniture and much, much more. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6 and 8.30am. Best on weekends, 4.30am-6pm (but open on weekdays as well).
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User reviews of Panjiayuan Antique Market 潘家园旧货市场
Just don't buy anything. Everything is a reproduction, but the reproductions are among the best you can get.
Speak to the dealers and most will talk endlessly about how great the ancient artists who created their vaunted antiques were. And of the billions they spent on acquiring such masterpieces (though one feckless dealer told me that he spent merely 100 million RMB for his shop).
But do stroll around. This place has the best selection of "antiques" in Beijing.
If so, then happy hunting, if not then best not to touch them, be they from (in their defense) the Panjiayuan Antiques Market or Sothebys, Christies, or anywhere. They are all dealers/humans looking for the most return they can get.
If it's a bargain from an unsuspecting sucker that you are looking for, and don't know what you're looking at; then grab a torch and hit the boot sales in your home town dark-and-early.
Goods made by low paid workers in China for Western companies; labeled with French sounding names; sold for high US$ or EUROs in fancy Western department stores... now that's what I call a rip off.
If no experience, then go to the Antiques Market, stay within your budget and buy yourself a souvenir, at worst, and have it forever as a memento of a rich experience.
If you like Chinese antique, this place is the best for you. Maybe you will find some real real antique from Ming or Qing dynasty. But over 80% autiques are fake, hehe.
Actually, you could buy something for souvenir as they are definately different from other artwork sold in store. Here you can bargine with seller. Oh, you'd better come with a local friend that will help you deal with seller if you don't speak Chinese. Generally seller will bid higher price if you are foreigner.
as long as you know that a lot of what you will see is fake antique, you can still enjoy walking through the market and gazing at the artwork. you can find some artwork that you wont be able to find elsewhere.
if you really want some antique stuff, you gotta get out of the city to some third tier cities and visit their antique markets. for example, xuzhou has a good antique market which chinese antique collectors like to visit.
Hey, why only get ripped off when buying fake fashion products when you can be ripped off in your search for heirloom quality antique trinkets too?
This 'antique market' is charming for a one-off visit but I'd say it should be strictly for browsers only -- don't imagine in a million years you are ever going to find something actually unique or actually antique in the place. Some of the sellers are brazen enough to not bother to even hide their aerosol cans of spray-on dust to touch up their 'antiques' that are manufactured by the container shipload in some podunk town down south. Bargaining is difficult because there is a never-ending string of foreign suckers trailing you at any given minute.
Great place if you like the charm and physical contact found in the average rush-hour subway car ride. Foul bathrooms and a dearth of edible food within walking distance makes this really a thoroughly hideous experience-+.