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Sanlitun Taikoo Li

19 Sanlitun Rd, SanLiTun, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001

Downtown Glitz in Beijing

Before Sanlitun Village (or, technically, Sanlitun Taikoo Li), the district was better known for fake alcohol and drug-fueled fights. Post-village, the development has become a veritable catwalk for Beijing's fashionistas. The complex is split between two areas: the glitzy (and rather empty) “north” and the more pedestrian “south.” The latter has typical high-street stores like Zara and Uniqlo, while the north boasts high-end labels like Alexander McQueen and Versace. Go off-brand with the adorable silk textiles at Biorck & Co. or check out bold Chinese design at BNC.