Beijing Flea Markets

Flea markets are not popular in Beijing since market shopping can sometimes rival that of scoring a bargain at flea market prices. The closest thing to a flea market is Panjiayuan Antiques Market, whose 3,000 dealers sell real and reproduced antiques, Chinese paintings, Qing-style furniture, as well as knick knacks and other oddities brought in from outside provinces. There is an indoor portion as well as a vast, tented outdoor portion. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District (6775 2405), daily 4:30am-4pm although vendors start packing up in the late afternoon. The best time to visit is early in the morning.