Minutiae in Beijing

Travel Journal Beijing Panjiayuan Antique Flea Market

BEIJING: Panjiayuan is a famous antiques market, but when we visited the cops had come and driven many of the illegal sellers away. I did love the booksellers section, and the row of sellers squatting in the alley in an obscure corner, their wares laid out on mats in front of them. we sorted through piles of coloured glass beads, toyed with tiny antique carvings and locks resting next to vases and relics, and i fell in love with a carved wooden grasshopper.

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