Hongqiao Market, Beijing
Beijing Hongqiao Pearl MarketLocated at Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen District, Hongqiao Market is just oppositeTiantan Park. It is a well known market dealing with pearls around the world.More than 1,000,000 visitors come to Hongqiao Market to buy pearls yearly. Eventhe former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been to Hongqiao Marketthree times as she was very impressed with the beautiful pearls. Apart from pearls,the market also offers seafood, digital products and silk.
Covering an area of 4,500 square meters (about 1.1 acres), the market has 8 floorsas follows:
-1--3/F Seafood: Seafood has played an important role since the establishmentof the market. There are many varieties of seafood being sold in the market,ranging from the common fish, shrimp and crab to the rare ones like shark fin,sea pumpkin and abalone. Most of the seafood are mainly supplied to big hotelsand restaurants in and around Beijing.
1/F Digital Products & Watches: There are many internationally famous digitalproducts sold here which makes this market of equal standing with Zhongguancun(the most famous digital market in Beijing). Apart from that, watches of differentbrands and different quality will certainly dazzle your eyes. They attractedmerchants from Western Asia and as far as Africa.
2/F Silk & Clothes: Silk symbolizes China since the ancient time and thoseproducts found in this market are of high quality.
Beijing pearl market3-5/F Pearls: It is the largest pearl distribution centre in China and it isalso the central part of the market. There are many varieties of pearls, suchas colors, sizes or smoothness. With these comes the vast difference in theirprices, ranging from just a few yuan to ten of thousands of yuan. There are seawaterpearl, freshwater pearl, coral, emerald, gem and other precious stones. Onecan be easily dazzled by the fashionable pearl necklaces, exquisite pearl ringsand simple but elegant pearl pendants. They are just absolutely fascinating.
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