Hongqiao Pearl Market
Sharpen Your Bargaining Skills
The days of bargaining for fake-label goods are almost drawing to a close in Beijing—but Hongqiao still persists in this changing consumer landscape. Although pearls are obviously the main draw, you will find cheap electronics and tacky Sino-souvenirs on the lower floors. Those knowledgeable about pearls, whether freshwater, saltwater, or totally fake, will find plenty to pick through on the upper floors. Every conceivable color, from eggshell white to luminous black, are hawked, but don't expect a good deal unless you are truly an expert.
By Lisa Gay
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