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.
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.
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.
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.
Liu Li Chang is located in Qian Men, the oldest neighborhood in the city, where tradition seems to have been retained. Here you will find old coins, scrolls, Tibetan and Mongolian antiques, calligraphy materials and stamps. Even if you are not interested in these kinds of purchases you should visit this street for a glimpse of an older style of Beijing. The buildings have painted wooden beams and roofs topped with curved Chinese tiles.
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.