Covering an area of 20,000 square meters, Songxianqiao Curio Market houses many shops from north to south selling items as various as you can imagine, such as family heirlooms, calligraphy, painting, jewelry, jade, embroidery, bone carvings, ancient coins and rare stones. Shops ranging from formal stores to stalls to outright shanties selling traditional antiques and other goods spread out across the market. Most of the shops are operated by peddlers from Chengdu, and provinces across China, such as Zhejiang, Guangdong, Tibet and Shaanxi.
In my opinion, the two shops worth visiting most in the Songxianqiao Curio Market are the specialized Painting & Calligraphy Market and the Exotic Stone Market. In the Painting & Calligraphy Market, you'll find dozens of studios where great painters and calligraphers ply their trade, displaying their skills on the spot; selling pieces for themselves. The painting and calligraphy artwork mostly center on traditional Chinese subjects such as old village scenes, pandas, tigers, fish, mountains, water, landscapes, and the four seasons. The Exotic Stone Market is also well worth careful exploration, especially if you are interested in seeing a wide rang of precious stones such as colored pottery stones, chrismatite, gold, and macrofossil and rock quartz.
Buyer Beware: Not all of the antiques are sold in the Songxianqiao Curio Art City are authentic. It is the buyers responsibility to appraise antiques and verify authenticity for themselves. Bargaining is welcome and you can usually obtain a fair price if you don't mind haggling. So, if you are a big fan of collecting coins and if you are interested in Chinese calligraphy and painting, be sure to visit Songxianqiao Curio Market next time you come to Chengdu.