For a truly unique shopping experience that immerses visitors in beautiful art, the Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market in Chengdu should not be missed. It is the second largest antique market in China, still hidden from the main tourist trails, and is the perfect location for antique and art lovers, and people-watchers alike.
With more than 500 stalls taking up more than five acres, there is certainly something for everyone to be found at Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market. Items on offer include Mao-era currency, Buddha statues, wonderful jade carvings, embroidered silk, calligraphy, wind chimes, traditional Chinese good luck charms, porcelain dishes and antique books.
Those that have a qualified interest in Chinese artists and their work should head to the long established three-storey buildings that are found along Modi and Huan Hua creeks. The first and second floors of the main building are populated by artists of repute and serious antiques dealers and collectors. Those in the know are almost guaranteed to find much sought-after treasure in this area of the Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market. There are both affordable pieces and also rarer, higher quality goods whose value is reflected in the price.
As well as the buildings and hundreds of stalls, there are also many individuals from the surrounding areas that travel to the Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market to sell their wares on carpets spread on the floor along the small creeks and outside the shops. Here, and in all shops and stalls, bargaining should be of the hard-headed approach and will be expected – an initial offer of at least half of the asking price is a good place to start, and work up from there!
Spread among the collectible goods at the Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market are a number of vendors of delicious local street foods and snacks, so there are plenty of opportunities for refreshment for those suffering from shopping-fatigue.