Friday 15 April 2011

The Beijing Toy Market is a fun stop for family travellers

New York City has FAO Schwartz, London has Hamleys and Beijing has the Hongqiao Toy Market.

Beijing’s Hongqiao Toy Market is made up over a hundred small individually owned stalls, each selling its own selection of goods.

The toy market is connected to the Hongqiao Pearl Market, which aside from pearls has a huge selection of stalls selling souvenirs aimed at tourists. This makes it a great stop for adults as well as the kids. You can even enjoy a decent coffee or sandwich in one of the cafĂ©’s nearby.

Aside from non-branded toys there are plenty of name brand toys from Disney to Barbie to Wii video games. Scooters, roller blades and other wheeled devices are abundant. Lego, puzzles, stuffed animals, magic sets, wooden toys, infant play things and more are to be found in the rows of stalls.

For older kids, there are sporting goods, video games as well as radio controlled cars, helicopters, planes and boats. You have to watch out for the helicopter demonstrations in the aisles from enthusiastic stall workers.
The Hongqiao Toy Market is located close to the Temple of Heaven, the Kungfu Show theater and the Beijing railway station. It can be visited in conjunction with these nearby attractions.

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