Panjiayuan is a fantastic spot in Beijing. I love it. I love looking and talking and not understanding half the conversation. I love it when they courteously compliment my negotiating skills when they still have made money off this foreigner. I love not knowing what everything is, like a lot of places I go in China. This visit to Panjiayuan, I thoroughly enjoyed with a fellow pottery/porcelain/curiosity lover. We looked – we asked – we wondered – we loved – we bought – we love. Thank you, S, for a morning memory I will carry with me a very long time. Enjoy.
It was one of those perfect travel days. I spent a morning at the Panjiayuan Market in Beijing. I thought I might find some pottery, beads, one of those puzzle locks. I had no idea of the beautiful treasures I would see. If you like wandering and flea markets, you’ll love this visit. Take the bus or the metro to Panjiayuan at the south end of the Chaoyang District. It opens at 8:30am, so you can wander all morning or all day.
In the end, I only bought some tiny glass blown eggs and an embroidered strap, all because the older women sellers were too sweet and too cute to resist.
Turns out the treasure was found in the moments, the sights, the wander, not in things.