French vibe

By Paul Pennay (That's Beijing)
Updated: 2006-10-20 10:43

Although it's located out past the southeast Fifth Ring Road, this French sporting goods chain is well worth the trek-they have managed to maintain the combination of quality products and bargain prices that continue to attract outdoor types to their European branches.

The huge warehouse store contains everything a lover of the sporting life could want-from tents to wetsuits, climbing gear to bike shorts, golf clubs to riding boots-and yet they haven't forgotten to localize, with a good selection of table tennis bats and badminton rackets hung up alongside those for squash. The store also carries an impressive array of reasonably priced clothes and footwear that are available in large sizes.

For those put off by the distance there is a shuttle bus that departs from Jianwai Soho every 15 minutes. Their second store is located at the Fourth East Ring Road at Dajiaoting Bridge. 

Decathlon
Location: 3 Wenhuayuan Xilu, Economic-Technological Development Area (Dongnan Wuhuan, Yizhuang exit, close to B&Q), Chaoyang District
Opening time: 10am-9pm
Tel: 010-67826100