Wangfujing, or the "walking street," is lined with shops selling everything from women's fashions to eyeglasses and Chinese tea. There are several shopping centers like the Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, and Wangfujing Department Store. Running parallel to the area are Dong Dan Bei and Dong Si Nan avenues, with a high concentration of small restaurants, shops and boutiques. Evening shoppers should not miss Dong An Men Avenue where a variety of street food-stalls sell everything from noodles to dumplings. If feeling brave, try the deep-fried Scorpion or Grasshopper.
Panjiayuan Flea Market is China's largest secondhand market. You will find all kinds of crafts, antiques, old furniture and periodicals on sale here. A must visit if you want to get your hands on some really good stuff at cheap prices. However, make sure you know the art of bargaining and are good in differentiating a real deal from a fake one. Open seven days a week, the market attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. Traders from all over China have their stalls put up in this market.
The Place is a large shopping mall that carries international brands. One of the most notable features is the entertaining large television screen outside The Place. You can walk underneath the long screen and enjoy a display of colors or action footage such as dolphins swimming. After a day of shopping you can watch the screen light up the night.
Oriental Plaza is a “city within a city.” The plaza boasts of upscale malls, apartment buildings, stores and restaurants. The shopping malls are the main attraction to the plaza, they are separated into six themes, including a family section, luxury brand section and an entertainment section. Tourists and locals alike flock to the plaza.
Beijing's oldest shopping district is reminiscent of the former glory of commercial hutongs—ancient alleyways specializing in one particular trade. The main street, running due south from the Qian Men Gate, starts with a delightful silk market and just beyond Beijing's best spot for leather clothing. Da Zhan Lan hutong with Qing Dynasty teashops, herbal medicine stores and silk vendors is worth a visit. To the northwest of Da Zhan Lan lies Liu Li Chang, an “ancient culture street”, with books, art and more chinoiserie than you will ever need.
The Village at Sanlitun is an open air shopping center that has a wide variety of stores as well as places to eat. The center is a combination of traditional Beijing streets and courtyards as well as modern styles. Whether you're bargain hunting or looking for an enjoyable meal, you can find it all in this center.
Located on Silver Street, one of the capital's busiest shopping areas, this bookstore specializes in selling all kinds of tutoring books and guidance materials for use by primary and middle school students. It also sell books for special secondary school students covering finance, law, tax and accounting specialties. A section is dedicated to sale of audio/visual educational materials.
Founded in 1902, Tong Sheng He is one of Beijing's most renowned Lao Zi Hao (time-honored shops) dedicated to manufacturing and selling shoes. Originally the line was limited to thick-soled cloth shoes, but today this company has widened the range to include leather shoes of different varieties and superior quality. Many Chinese State leaders have at some time or another ordered shoes from Tong Sheng He. In fact, displayed in the window at the Wang Fu Jing branch is the replica pair of shoes made for late Premier Zhou Enlai. Shoes can be made to order.
Book worms have a seriously good avenue to feast on at The Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore. The book store spans across several floors and each floor is dedicated to one genre. Books range from Classic American and English novels to Chinese cultural delights, economics, art, science, politics and more.
Located in the bustling Silver Street, this bookshop specializes in selling medical and health books. As one of the old state-owned bookstores in the capital, it is housed in an old humble two floor structure. The first floor consists of two rooms dedicated separately to Western and traditional Chinese medicine (most in Chinese version only). The Western medicine section contains shelves for the different specialties as well as dictionaries and various reference books. The second floor has textbooks and tutoring materials for use by specialized medical practitioners and college students. This is an interesting bookstore to visit.
Located in the busy business complex of the Oriental Plaza, The Malls at Oriental Plaza is a great place to go shopping for high-end fashions from famous brands. Oriental Plaza has seven malls in total, each different from the other and together meeting the requirements of even the pickiest shopper. International brands like Paul Smith, E. Zenga, Charriol and Dunhill can be found among these stores as well as several other shops selling cosmetics, apparel, jewelry, watches and electronic goods. Several spas, salons and restaurants can also be found in the premises of this mall.
Previously known as the Wangfujing Department Store, the Beijing Wangfujing Department Store is one of the most well-known shopping destinations in Beijing. Established in the year 1955, the store is similar in nature to the large-scale department stores in America, and offers a range of necessities as well as apparel and more. Tourists often visit the store looking for convenient and pocket-friendly deals.