The thrill of the hunt makes these places well worth a visit.
Courtesy of The Peninsula Beijing
Beijing’s overflowing antique markets are a fitting metaphor for the long and rich history of China’s urban giant. Liulichang Street in the Xicheng District is renowned for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, and ink accessories, while Tianya Antique City (6 Huawei S. Rd., Chaoyang District) has heaps of genuine artifacts that include everything from painstakingly painted snuff bottles to ancient Tibetan masks and figurines. We recommend staying at The Peninsula Beijing (rooms, from $583; 8 Goldfish Ln., Wangfujing; 86-10/8516-2888; peninsula.com), which offers antiques enthusiasts a guided tour of the private Guanfu Museum through its stellar Peninsula Academy program, as well as an impressive collection of Qing dynasty antiques that can be admired at Huang Ting, the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant.