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Beijing in May for a few days

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by rdawson808, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    I'll be in Beijing in May for a few days for a conference. I'll should be able to schedule a few free days before and after and was hoping for some recommendations for shopping. There are a couple major cultural sites I'll see but otherwise I'll not be trying to do too much.

    I am not looking for clothes. But whenever I travel I look for flea markets, antiques, etc. I'm always on the lookout for cuff-links, jewelry for my wife, or small objets for the house.

    The guidebooks I've seen so far tend to say things like "make sure to avoid tours blah blah blah so you don't end up at the cloisonne factory or the jade factory." All I can think of is, wait! I'd love to buy stuff like that. I'm not expecting to stumble across the dream lode of art deco things or anything silly like that; but are there shops or markets to look at for this sort of thing?

    thanks,
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  2. rdawson808

    rdawson808 Senior member

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    Bump. Really, nothing?
     
  3. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    kinda dusty and smoggy there. and yeah, avoid those tours where you'll end up in a jade factory.
     
  4. globetrotter

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    hey, sorry I can't help, but have fun!
     
  5. rdawson808

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    Okay, well thanks anyway Acidboy and GT. In the end, I might be so busy I have only enough time to wander around and take some photos. Hopefully I can find a gift for my wife.

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  6. MikeDT

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    Hey I was in Beijing in May for a couple of days....oh well... was taking the train to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Zhuhai and back.
     
  7. edinatlanta

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    There actually is a really cool flea market in Beijing, I'll see if I can find the name of it.
     
  8. rdawson808

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    Thanks. Unfortunately, that trip was scrapped at the last moment. Very embarrassing for our travel office. Morons.
     
  9. MikeDT

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    So they cancelled Beijing at the last minutes, now they got you chasing off to Shenzhen, apparently with little or no information... figures.
     
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  10. rdawson808

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    Yes. I've been trying to get out of it with no luck. My boss has been trying to get me out of it too. Also with no luck. The guy at the top calls the shots. Stupid.

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