Beijing's oldest food market to reopen

Beijing's oldest food market to reopen
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"The Dongdan food market has witnessed the lives of several generations of Beijinger, it is part of the old Beijing," said Liu Jian, head of the Commerce Committee in Dongcheng district.

According to Liu, reopening the market means a lot to locals, as it is a way to relive the traditional lifestyle they were used to.

The market, at 69 Hepingli Xijie, covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Scheduled to reopen in late September, it will sell all kinds of foods and daily necessities.

Different from the original market that closed in 1997, Liu said the new one would also add an experience area where customers can taste snacks from around the nation and an area for upscale bakery and imported goods.

"The Dongdan food market is going to be Beijing's first experience centre where time-honoured brands can showcase their history and culture," Liu said, adding that it would also invite brands to give lectures on topics such as tea art and handcrafts.

To assist customers, the market will also include a platform where online and offline buying is encouraged.

"The old market offered a special service for aged customers and the new one can deliver goods to their place if they ever need to," said a person in charge of the market.

It is reported that the market has already reached agreements with several vegetable producing bases and livestock breeding bases in nearby cities such as Tianjin city and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province. Direct trading would cut prices by 30 per cent.

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