Don't be dismayed. Shopping in Beijing is just like at
home, with a few twists and turns. Of course, a good rule of thumb is not to set
your expectations too high. Obviously, the local Beijinger will have experienced
incredible changes to what's on offer, and over the last number of years brand
awareness will have grown nationwide. But as with all things in China, expect
Chinese characteristics. And remember: haggle!
Modern Shopping Centres
fast-growing modern retailing scene offers even the fussiest shopaholic just
about anything they could possibly want.
The China World Shopping Mall brings together high-end boutiques in
which you will find the latest fashions from around the world. Shoes, qipaos,
evening dresses, casual wear... it is all here, along with plenty of eating
options. With its location next to a subway and offices, it is a firm favourite
The conveniently locatedLufthansa Shopping Centre brings together
everything from make-up, clothing outlets and shoe stores under one roof. Follow
the escalators upwards and you will find it also stocks just about anything you
could ever need for the kitchen, furniture, stationery and Chinese-style
mementoes. Look out for bars, restaurants and a supermarket downstairs.
The Pacific Shopping Centre in the Sanlitun area of town is
another large, spacious mall whose aim is to provide for your every need. That
takes in a large cosmetics department, several floors of clothing for men, women
and children and all sorts of household accessories and restaurants catering for
Aside from its enormous size, the first impression ofThe Malls at Oriental
Plaza near bustling Wangfujing is the sheer diversity of goods on offer.
Whether you are window-shopping for the latest fashion, stocking up on sports
gear or on the lookout for a state-of-the-art computer, chances are you will
find it here. As you'd expect, there is no shortage of eating options too. Look
out to for one of the best selections of wedding rings in town.
The embarrassment of retail riches is continued at the plushBeijing One
World Department Store whose spacious interior offers even the choosiest
shopper top line brands from which to choose. Chinese and foreign name brands
and stylish, high-end products are amongst the highlights.
Beijing Fulllink Plaza in Chaoyangmen offers well-ordered outlets
stocking everything from high fashion to casual and formal gear as well as
plenty of jewellery to browse. A Park'n Shop outlet and a Watsons on the ground
floor makes it an excellent one-stop shop for the busy urbanite.
The Beijing New World Shopping Centre is a mall with a twist. Many
swear by its extensive range of high-end cosmetics and a popular membership
programme offers rewards based on the amount you spend. Clothing, household
goods and a basement grocery complete the picture. All of this is located inside
a stylish-looking building.
Gifted with European and Japanese boutiques that you will, perhaps, struggle
to find elsewhere in the city,Sogo is particularly popular amongst young
office ladies for its fashions and regular discounts, plus its convenient
location close to a subway. A well-stocked food court is another major draw. And
children love the SEGA World section.
Locations and tels of the mentioned shopping centers.