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Panjiayuan Market, nick-named the "Dirt Market", Beijing, China by T. E. Smith-Lamothe

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T. E. Smith-Lamothe T. E. Smith-Lamothe
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$8.00 to $725.00
0.05 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 05, 2012
Date taken
Nov 12, 2011

Famous the world over as an extraordinary, incredible flea market, the Panjiayuan market is located in southeast Beijing, relatively near the Temple of Heaven park. It was the first legal antique market to open in Beijing in 1995, although it existed for many years as a "ghost" or black market entity. There are hundreds, if not a thousand, vendors. Some are in permanent storefronts, others under large roofed sheds (the aerial view in googlemaps shows the extent of the complex). Many vendors have rented tiny "stalls" exposed to the weather like the ones shown in this hand-held panorama. Bargaining/haggling is expected, but most vendors are practiced in reading a buyer's body language so they never get the short end of any deals! Although it is open seven days a week now, Saturday and Sunday are still the best days to go. English-speakers have long nick-named it the "dirt market", probably because things were "dirt cheap". Colourful, still relatively inexpensive and with such a variety of antiques and antique fakes, from the tiniest item to giant cement dragons,this is a must-see destination for any visitor to Beijing. The market has a website at: www.panjiayuan.com Will open in a new tab or window/ but it lacks an English translation there. For more information, go to: www.china.org.cn/english/MATERIAL/180703.htm Will open in a new tab or window

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