Ten Mile River Stone Town (Shilihe Qishicheng)
This is a modest-sized stone market located in a large, older, two-story building. There are numerous shops selling stones, perhaps 50 or more. Other shops located here sell other goods including furniture, display tables, and jewelry. Be certain to climb the stairs to the second floor as there are many nice stone shops located on this level.
A wide range of stones are available in these shops including two types that originate in the Beijing region. These are the brown, natural landscape type known as Jinhai, and the polished lighter colored Xuan Yuan stones. The latter make very attractive decorative stones. Numerous Gobi desert stones were present in several stores including two shops that sold Gobi desert food and windblown stones. We also noticed several pieces of petrified wood from Xinjiang for sale. Of particular interest at this market was the large number of higher quality bases. These hardwood bases were superior to many of the bases seen in other markets.
Beijing will not have a major modern stone market because of a decision by government leaders to have the major markets all located in major cities throughout China rather than the capital. The largest and most modern major market is this larger region is not in Beijing, instead, it is located in Tienjin about an hour’s train ride from Beijing.