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Haiwang Village Market - Beijing's Oldest for Antiques

By William Wang (CRI Online)

14:02, August 21, 2012

Haiwangcun Antique Market is just off of popular Liulichang Street (CRIENGLISH.com/William Wang)

Haiwang Village has been around for a long time, and today it continues its tradition of selling antiques. The market has undergone renovations and does have new stores selling new goods, such as antiquarian books. But somehow the market retains the feeling of history in its layout, which includes a serene traditional courtyard at its core, where tree leaves ripple in the breeze and a bird cage dangles from a low hanging branch.

But the sense of history shines particularly when meeting and greeting the market's various shop owners. "Haiwang Village has a high reputation with China's antique-bound," stated antique shop owner Song Sicheng. "It's a cultural center."

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