Beijing Shopping: Hongqiao Market
Hongqiao Market 虹桥市场
Hongqiao Market is a huge indoor market similar to such shopping meccas in Bangkok, Thailand. Hongqiao Market also known as the Pearl Market stocks just about everything from consumer electronics, binoculars, watches, telescopes and mobile phones on the ground floor, to men's and women's clothes, handbags, fans, silks and shoes on the first floor to freshwater pearls and handicrafts of varying degrees of quality on the top floor.
The basement floor of Hongqiao is the fish market with just about every aquatic product on offer either alive or dead and just strolling this area is an experience in itself.
Hongqiao market is expanding outside its main area and just outside are other shops selling a variety of electronic games, sporting goods, stationery and toys.
Remember here as in other markets in Beijing and China as whole to bargain and try to get an idea before you come of the market value of the goods you seek.
Heads of government and politicians are known to drop by on state visits including supposedly US President Bill Clinton and Cuba's President Fidel Castro.
Hong Qiao Market Access
Hongqiao market is across from the east gate of the Temple of Heaven Park. Hongqiao is open presently from 8.30am-7pm.