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Terracotta Warriors Tours: One day trips are now available from Beijing to Xi’an and Shanghai to Xi’an!

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We offer tours to other cities throughout China - please contact us for a customized tour itinerary:
Beijing - Xi'an Tour
Tianjin  & Xingang Dalian - Qingdao
Shaolin Temple
Chongqing
Shanghai
Yangtze River Cruise

Beijing Event Planning

Beijing Event Planning - we also offer superior conference, seminar, school and exhibition event planning services at reasonable prices.

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Private large group tours are available. Bring your group or organization to tour Beijing and China - contact us for great prices on group travel and hotels!

 

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Beijing Shopping Tours

Beijing is a fantastic shopping destination with some of the world’s lowest prices on high-quality items such as jade, silk, and cloisonne', as well as just about anything else that you can think of. Everything is made in China, after all! Many tour companies in China will take you on mandatory “shopping” stops to low-quality, overcrowded and dirty shopping shops, but Beijing Discovery Tours will only take you upon your request to the best traditional shopping venues that Beijing has to offer. Three of the most interesting places to visit are the jade carving exhibition, the silk manufacturing exhibition center, and the cloisonne’ art factory. We can add a visit to any or all of these places to any of our tours if you would like.

Jade Carving Exhibition Center & Factory
Traditional Silk Manufacturing Exhibition Center
Cloisonne’ Art Factory
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Silk Market (Xiu Shui)
Panjiayuan Antique Market

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Jade Carving Exhibition Center and Factory

The Jade Carving Exhibition Center has some absolutely incredible jade carvings here, making it a great place to visit even if you are not interested in buying anything. Your visit will include a short introduction to the history of jade in China as well as a demonstration from the experts on how to tell real jade from the fake stuff. There is a massive exhibition area filled with intricately carved jade pieces, some of which are larger than an automobile (see the dragon-led ship photo below) or larger-than-life-size figures. The jade carving area where people are turning what look like regular rocks into fantastic pieces of art has glass walls on 3 sides so it is easy and fascinating to watch them as they work. There is also an area where you can watch sand paintings being created. Prices tend to be a bit higher than you may be able to get the same items elsewhere, but everything here is guaranteed to be genuine and backed up by guarantees from the Chinese government.

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Traditional Silk Manufacturing Exhibition Center

The cultivation of silkworms and silk began in China around 6,000 years ago, and even today China is a world leader in silk production. A trip to a silk factory begins with the history of silk and an explanation of how silkworms are grown - thousands of years ago this was a closely guarded secret in China as the ancient Chinese tried to maintain a monopoly on how silk was made. There are fascinating exhibitions here on the life of the silkworm and how a blind, flightless moth eventually creates one of the world’s greatest fabrics. Hands-on demonstrations allow you to see and feel how the raw silk is formed from cocoons, pressed into layers and then stretched out to create silk comforters and other items made of silk. You can find tens of thousands of high-quality silk items for sale here  at reasonable prices.

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Cloisonne’ Art Factory

The word “cloisonne’” refers to the ancient process for decorating metal objects and also the objects that are created by that process. The art form probably originated in Egypt thousands of years ago, but around 600 or 700 years ago in China, the art of cloisonne’ (known as “jingtailan” due to its popularity with the Jingtai Emperor (1450-57 A.D. and the heavy use of the color blue) was elevated to a higher level. A trip to the cloisonne’ factory features a fascinating up-close look at how the art is created by artists on the premises, as well as a hands-on demonstration of how to determine the differences between low-quality and high-quality cloisonne’.

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Hongqiao Pearl Market

This massive market is one of Beijing’s best markets for buying just about anything that you could possibly want, and it is definitely your best choice if you are looking to buy pearls while you are in China. Clothes of all kinds, luggage, bags of all sizes, thousands of different kinds of souvenirs and of course good quality pearls can all be found here. There is also a big toy store on the back side of Hongqiao that carries a lot of toys that you might not be able to find back home. If the old Hongqiao market does not have what you need, then the newer market directly behind this building probably will. Possibly because it is less often visited by tourists, the Hongqiao market vendors tend to be less aggressive (and therefore less annoying) than those at the Silk Market, although they can be noisy and a bit grabby at times, especially in the bag and luggage selling areas. Bargain hard - final prices can be 20-30% of their initial asking price.

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Silk Market (Xiu Shui)

This huge market was relocated from the alleyway next door a few years ago into this multi-storied building, and you can find just about everything you could possibly need here. This is the most popular shopping destination in Beijing for tourists, so be prepared for aggressive salespeople and high original asking prices. If you are good at bargaining though, and enjoy a good haggle, this might be the place for you.

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Panjiayuan Antique Market

Located in the southern part of Beijing, the Panjiayuan Antique Market is another massive outdoor (but mostly covered) market that is at its peak on the weekends although it is open every day of the week. Panjiayuan’s thousands of stalls deal mainly in antiques, handicrafts, ornaments and other collectibles, but it can be a great place to find that one of a kind souvenir to take back home. Expect most if not all “antiques” to be fake, but they still look like the real thing.

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