Pearl (Hongqiao) Market is a massive 5-story market that doesn’t just sell pearls. It sells all kinds of souvenirs and traditional/modern goods. It is a popular stop for tourists after they visit the Temple of Heaven, so prices are skewed towards this buying segment (read: inflated). Nevertheless, the Pearl Market is still a shopper’s paradise if you go with a discerning eye and bargain lots. It helps that there are 5 floors of vendors and there is tons of selection. One time I did find a beautiful elaborately sequined clutch in the discount bin at one of the vendors in perfect condition, so there are deals to be had. Even if you are not bargain hunting, it is a good place to browse and window shop.
虹橋市場在外語叫做“珍珠市場” 因爲它最出名的貨品是珍珠。有各種各樣的珍珠。有很多種顔色和品質。可以訂自己喜歡的款式鏈子或手鏈。 除了珍珠以外，也有很多其他東西買：皮包，皮箱， 衣服，布料，手提包，瓷器，花瓶，家庭裝飾，電器， 等等。3-5 樓都買珍珠。三樓的比較普通，四，五樓的比較貴。在四樓有個陽臺，走出陽臺可以望到天壇全景，真美麗！
Pearl Market is most famous for…you guesed it- pearls! There are all kinds of pearls to be had here- shapes, sizes, colors, and of course quality. You can buy ready-made jewelry or have them custom make it for you. Floors 3-5 primarily sell pearls, with the 3rd floor having the more everyday and less expensive styles and the 4th and 5th floors having stores that sell more upscale selections. In addition to pearls, there are handbags, luggage, traditional clothes and fabrics, porcelain and ceramics, vases, home décor, paintings, and electronics. One highlight is that if you step out onto the balcony on the 4th floor, you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Temple of Heaven. It is really stunning, especially if you go around sunset. Highly recommended!
虹橋市場 1980 和1990年又再繁盛起來。1990 年搬到室内去。英國首相 瑪格麗特 撒切爾訪問中國時，來虹橋市場參觀，使外國人多認識虹橋市場。其實，外國人早已經認識虹橋市場了。19 世紀和20世紀初期時，來訪北京的外國人都知道來虹橋買東西啊！但是撒切爾來過虹橋市場之後， 多量外國人都想來這裡購物。今天虹橋市場是遊客和旅行團必到的地方！
A bit of history
Pearl Market has been around for centuries. It dates back to the Ming and Qing dynasties and is one of the oldest markets in Beijing. Being outside of the southern city walls of Beijing, it has traditionally been a popular market with the common people, who mostly lived outside the southern part of the city. This was a thriving open-air market with stalls and vendors peppered throughout the hutongs of this area. Back then it was known as colloquially as “Thief’s Market” for the healthy number of pickpockets that abounded and the slick salesmen that always seemed to have the upper hand in selling goods. Hongqiao, located across from the east gate of the Temple of Heaven was the main market for commoners, and Tianqiao, located across from the west gate of the Temple of Heaven was the mainstay for culture and entertainment for the regular folks.
The Pearl Market experienced a revival in the 1980’s and 1990’s. During the ‘90’s it was moved the massive 5-story building that is what we know it as today (minus some refurbishing and renovating). Though the market was already popular with foreigners that visited Beijing in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was really put on the international travel map when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited China and came to the Pearl Market. Soon everyone wanted to go shopping there and today it has become a staple in tour itineraries and a quintessential Beijing shopping experience.
旅遊資料/ If you go:(2007 年資料/ info from 2007)
門票/ Admission: 沒有/ none
地址/ Address: 北京市崇文区天壇路 和 崇文門外大街之間 (虹橋路 16 號) intersection of Tiantan Lu and Chongwenmen Wai Dajie (street address 16 Hongqiao Lu) Chongwen District, Beijing
交通路线/ Transportation: 地鐵5號綫，天坛东门站/ subway line 5, Tian Tan Dong Men station
开放时间/ Hours: 早 8:30am – 晚 7:00pm