Chao Tian Gong Antique Market

Built up on the forecourt of a Ming-Dynasty Confucius temple, Chao Tian Gong Antique Market is certainly the best antiques market in Nanjing, which explains why it is attended by qualified buyers and window shoppers alike.

The city of Nanjing is of cultural and historic importance to China, having served as the capital of many Chinese dynasties, governments and kingdoms. It is therefore fitting that the Chao Tian Gong Antique Market, one of China’s most well regarded antique markets, is held in Nanjing. The market is certainly the best antiques market in this city. It is open every day, though attended best by both vendors and shoppers on the weekends, when people travel from both within the city and from the surrounding areas for the best offers and items.

Chao Tian Gong Antique Market displays the most unique collection of goods in the city, and this is what draws in the qualified buyers and window shoppers alike. It is built up on the forecourt of a Ming-Dynasty Confucius temple, and this setting is wonderfully complimentary to the exclusive and varied items found for sale here.

It is always possible to find a most treasured collector’s item at the Chao Tian Gong Antique Market, though it is also quite common for the initial asking price (of all the goods) to be pretty sky high! It is therefore essential to brush up on bargaining skills, and the best results are had with a basic grasp of conversation Chinese. This market is populated with a fair amount of fake and counterfeit goods, so it is always wise to be suspicious of any seemingly amazing deals. ‘Too good to be true’ is often the case.

Among the goods on sale at the Chao Tian Gong Antique Market are vintage woodcarvings, porcelain items, small carved jades, old military medals and bronze incense burners. It is a really well attended market, and there is definitely something to be found here for everyone. Those with a little knowledge, and the confidence to bargain hard, will not leave empty handed.

Antiquing Tip Of The Day

The heavier the piece of furniture —specifically chairs— the more likely it is to be a period piece from the 18th century.

— Toma Clark Haines, founder of the Antiques Diva & Co.
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