Southwest of Panjiayuan Bridge, Chaoyang District, you will find Beijing’s Panjiayuan Market, also known as “Ghost Market”, which covers a total area of 48,500 square meters. The “Ghost Market” dates back to the late days of the declining Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) when many officials brought their antiques to the street at night to sell them at very low prices. As it’s somewhat disgraceful, they just lit up a lantern to sell their antiques before dawn. The tradition of selling before dawn has been handed down to now. The only difference is that the sellers do not have to hide.
The market was reborn in the early 1990s and has gone from strength to strength. You can find antiques as well as reproductions, the “four stationery treasures” of the Chinese study (writing brush, ink stick, ink stone and paper), old calligraphies and paintings, jewelry, jades and carnelians, old coins from home and abroad, objects from former revolutions, porcelain old and new, clothes, silks, ethnic curiosities, game sets, oddities and anything else that may or may not have value. In fact, this flea market is huge, eclectic and a lot of fun.
Panjiayuan Market is the biggest flea market in China. Sellers in the market are from a variety of backgrounds, such as the following ethnic minority groups: Hui, Miao, Dong, Uyghur, Mongolian, and Korean. You can find as many collectables here as you want with a reasonable price.