There’s something about Beijing that makes it easy to see why its morning markets are so popular. There’s a sense of chaotic bustle here you won’t find in other cities across Asia, but it serves to make Beijing all the more charming. Visiting any of the city’s heaving morning markets at the crack of dawn is a linchpin of traditional local daily life, and you’ll learn far more about the city’s unique culture here than you would at any of its museums or visitor attractions.
But what are local people desperate to buy so early in the morning? For the most part, food is the order of the day, with people stocking up on everything from seafood to freshly-made noodles. But there are other wares on offer, too, including silk, shoes, clothing, wooden handicrafts, as well as skilled tailors who design and make garments, often right on the street.
Many who visit Beijing are unaware of its collective love for morning markets, but it’s an aspect of life that has come to define the city. We think that exploring Beijing’s markets, any time of the day, is an essential must-see on your visit here, which is why our escorted tours in China devote time to uncovering them as part of a Scenic Freechoice experience.