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Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market
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Private Bamboo Bicycle Tour in Chengdu
Ranked #58 of 315 things to do in Chengdu
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

This was an interesting place but I was hoping for a bit more. I've been to similar places in Shanghai and Beijing and found lots more and at more reasonable prices. Chengdu is just different and that takes some getting used to. This isn't a tourist town and the market forces are obviously different. This area is much more geared to locals and not many people speak any English. Nothing wrong with that just makes finding things you want a little more difficult. There are some beautiful pieces here, just not a lot of selection, and to be honest they're probably real as opposed a reproduction in the other areas. Unfortunately I was sort of hoping for reproductions. Worth a trip if you're close by but I probably won't go back.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

I make a special trip to the Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market every time that I am in Chengdu. There are hundreds of bead and trinket vendors on the ground floors, but upstairs you will find the artists and art dealers. Given that I am a fan of wildlife, I always try to find the latest silk painting of a panda or a bird.

Somehow, this place has remained fairly unknown to the tourists, so try and give this a visit if you have the time.

The vendors are happy to haggle with you. It pays to visit multiple shops, so don't buy the first item that you see.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

We went out to this place not knowing what to expect but it was better than my expectations. It's mostly a Tibetan fair of sellers in booths with tables lined up with the usual beads and arts & crafts and books and antiques that you can easily bargain for. Never take the first price. The place covers nearly a full block but there's one section where all the stalls run along side the river that I liked the best. Buy something or just spend time walking through and looking around the place.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Neat little spot by the river with a variety of antiques of different periods. I found that things weren't up and running fully until almost 11 in the morning the day I visited but if you're into little treasures should be worth the wait. In the same spread is a nice tea house overlooking the river with tasty noodles and big portions. As always, haggling is a must. Recommended.

Date of experience: February 2014
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

After first visiting the rest of Chengdu shopping areas and markets, the Song Xian Qiao market was by far the best. We should have skipped the rest of the tourist shops and headed straight for this one.

With hundreds of shops and two floors of choices, we needed more time to discover every turn. The entire upper floor is made of artists selling paintings that are authentic and absolutely stunning. The lower floor is comprised of furniture, tea, bracelets, necklaces, mao trinkets, sleeping shop keepers and curious onlookers.

If you want art, go here. We spent way too much and still wanted more.

Date of experience: January 2013
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