Beijing has long been a centre of trade. Today, it boasts over 13,000 stores spread across the city, offering anything from original Chinese handicrafts to international designer fashion. Wangfujing Street is among the most popular shopping miles in town. It is home to new, shiny shopping malls and department stores selling trendy, expensive brand-name goods. Shoppers here will also find foreign language book stores, some arts and crafts shops as well as restaurants. HongQiao Market, aslo known as the Pearl Market, has 3 floors of pearls and jewelry to shop from. Here you can also find electrical equipment, clothes and traditional Chinese artifacts.

1. Oriental Plaza

Beijing's top shopping centre boasts 120,000 square metres of shops in a modern ambiance. It is home to well-known Western and Asian brands and houses a Sony Science Museum and a cinema.

Address: 1 Dongchang'an Jie, Beijing

2. China World Shopping Centre

This is a premier choice for the city's well-off with all the famous designer brands from Christian Dior to Gucci.

Address: 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing

3. Ten Fu's Tea

This chain sells high-quality tea from across the region. The friendly staff brews small cups of tea for customers to sample.

Address: Danyao Dasha, Wangfujing Dajie, Beijing

4. Ruifuxiang

This traditional textile shop has been around for more than 110 years and sells hundreds of cotton, wool and silk textiles.

Address: 5 Dazhalan Xijie, Beijing