Wares are somewhat divided according to type, so you'll find jewelry (pearls, amber, jade) in one section, furniture in another, etc. For bargain hunters it's a dream come true.
*Only some of the permanent shops are open Monday through Friday. The main flea market and vendors are there only on Saturday and Sunday.
How to Say it in Chinese:
It's rather a mouthful. Your best bet is to show your hotel concierge the name in English and he will be able to communicate to your taxi driver. (Don't forget to take a taxi card from your hotel so you can get back with your treasures!)
Avoiding Fakes? It's Impossible:
- Decide if you really want it. It's hard to extract a real price so you'll have to bargain to get close.
- Decide how much you're willing to pay. How much is it worth to you?
- Walk away. Sometimes it works...but be prepared when it doesn't. You may find the item again, but you may not.
- Bargaining 101: Eight Rules and Two Myths About Shopping in China will give you more guidance to shopping and bargaining.
What to Buy:
A quick list of some of the things you'll find:
- Jewelry such as amber, jade, pearls, coral, turquoise and much more
- Chinese furniture
- Ethnic minority pieces such as Miao embroidery and silver clothing accessories
- Cultural Revolution-era items
- Chinese paintings and calligraphy objects
- Buddhist statuary
- Porcelain & ceramics