Baoguosi is a bit more of a measured affair than the more famous Panjiayuan
, which means that you're more likely to score a genuine bargain here. Once a Buddhist temple, its halls are now filled with stalls selling treasures from across China: ancient coins, books, old weights, more coins, calligraphy, ornaments, some more coins, mirrors, maps, jewellery and more coins. Whatever you’re looking for, the weekend is the best time to visit as all vendors are out in full force. A bit of Mandarin will go a long way here.