Located in the industrial heartland of Chaoyang, a dusty enclave called Gaobeidian Folk Culture Street is Beijing’s premier furniture market and a treasure trove of Chinese antiques, mixed with art deco housewares.
Specialising in Qing and Ming dynasty-era wood furniture, the best feature of this market – which spans more than 90,000 square metres – is getting something custom-made. Always dreamed of having a 20-seat elm dining table carved to your design? This is the place to get it done. Prices vary between shops so bargain and bargain hard. From our research, you can get yourself a six-seater dining table for 4,000-7,000RMB depending on the materials you choose. Qing-style cabinets cost anywhere from 2,500-5,000RMB, priced according to the quality of the wood.
Custom builds generally take around a month. The market also offers an array of gorgeous pillows, lamps, vases, dining sets and sofas from China and across Southeast Asia.
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Lily’s Antiques (69 Gaobeidian Dong Dajie) is a stalwart in the neighbourhood, offering three floors of beautiful household goodies – both old and new. Bliss, a brand offered by Spanish designer Carlos Baladia, brings Qing dynasty-inspired furnishings to life with a European minimalist touch. And the pretty pillows by local brand Tu Textiles will spice up any living room. A stone’s throw from Lily’s is Huajinfang (store number 58), a cute shop selling colourful, Asian-inspired pillows and poufs. Further down is Yuansheng (store number 89), which does imitation Ming and Qing dynasty cabinets for a relatively affordable 2,500RMB.
100 metres from Lily’s store is an ATM, but many shops take Union Pay and major credit cards.
Take subway Batong Line 1 to Gaobeidian Station (Exit B). The market is a 15-minute walk from there.
Gaobeidian Folk Culture Street Gaobeidian Dajie, Chaoyang district (8576 1701). Open 8.30am-6pm daily. 高碑店古典家具市场, 朝阳区高碑店村551号