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"Out with the Old, In with the Antique"

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It’s a new year and we’re going for a new look, it’s out with the old and in with the antique. If you’ve been living in Beijing for a while and haven’t noticed thousands of years of great craftsmanship dating back to the Ming Dynasty, then we’re here to help you. There are a few places around town where you can pick up some good finds, here’s where you need to go to get your antique on…


Panjiayuan Antique Market:

Panjiayuan Antique Market is Beijing’s most beloved flea market and located in Jinsong  not far from the Subway exit (Line 10) this market is definitely worth a visit. On the weekends you can find almost every Chinese knick-knack under the sun in this market. They’ve got life sized terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, caligraphy scrolls and much more. Weekends are usually very busy, so get there early. It’s a great place to pick up old Chinese souvenirs or decorations for your house. But remember how to spot the fake and don’t forget to bargain!

Where: Panjiayuan (South East Third Ring Road), of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District


Long Shun Cheng Antique Furniture:

The history of Long Shun Cheng can be traced back to the Qing dynasty. They have a collection of  Ming and Qing style furniture from the north and hardwood furniture made from mostly rosewood, blackwood and purple sandalwood. They can also make custome furniture if there’s something special you’re after. They specialise in purchasing and restoring damaged pieces back to their original beauty.

Where: 4 Dajie,  Yongdingmen,Chongwen District
Tel: 67222840


Beijing Curio City:

This is the largest antique centre in Asia, there are roughly 500 stores with ancient porcelain, paintings, calligraphy, jade, carving, bronze ware, antique furniture, carpet, clocks and jewellry. They host the Folk Culture festival in January, Auction Week in May and Exhibition Fair in October which are very popular and a great opportunity to pick up something special. Make sure you get there early though before the chaos kicks in.

Where: No.21, South 3rd East Ring Road, Chaoyang District


Gaobeidian Classic Furniture Street :

This is probably one of the best antique furniture markets in Beijing. The 1500 meter-long market has more than 300 stores specialising in reproducing furniture of Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as antique decorations, ceramics, and new concept furniture with old wood. If it’s your first time here, the main street will seem like one long jaw dropping showroom. There’s everything from opium beds, drums, benches, tables to every shape and size ornament you could imagine. A lot of the shops have workshops in the back so you can also order custom pieces here.

Where: Outside Dongsihuan, turn right at the Gaobeidian exit of the Jingtong expressway then drive south, Chaoyang District


Lily's Antiques:

Located in Gaobeidian street, Lily's Antiques has grown to be one Beijing’s largest stocks of original, un-restored antiques in the past ten years. Lily's offers an amazing 6000sqm of shop till you drop pleasure. You won’t just find Chinese antiques here, they stock a wide variety of foreign furniture as well. You should be able to find everything you need to redecorate your space here, from tables and cabinets to hundreds of textiles and accessories.

Where: 69 Gaobeidian East street, Chaoyang district, Beijing, 100025
Tel: 85792458, For English, French & German service: 15011121529






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