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Beijing Silk Market

Silk Market was founded in 1980's, at the beginning there were only several shops scattered among the embassies and foreign apartments area, fewer residents nearby, so it's business value was not expected at the beginning. Out of most business men's imagination, it became a pop and main shopping attraction to overseas tourists and famous as "Folk Trade Center" after ten years' development. The top things to do in Beijing is known to most foreign tourists as : Hiking the Great Wall, Visiting the Forbidden City, Eating Peking Roasted Duck, Strolling the Silk Market. The silk Market was renovated in the year 2005 on its origional location and opened again in March 19th, 2005.

Old Silk Market   Old Silk Market

Despite its name, the Silk Market has much more than just silk. The silk products here are cheap, and therefore popular, but there are also a lot of cashmere garments, down jackets, leather goods, shoes, hats, watches and some handicrafts and trinkets. The Silk Market basically consists of a long, narrow street (Xiushuijie) lined with dozens of stalls. One of the main things about the Silk Market is the fact that none of the prices are set. This can work for or against you. It all depends on your bargaining skills.

Silk Market   Silk Market

If you on your bargaining skills. If you are a proficient (i.e.stubborn) bargainer, then you can get great deals on all kinds of clothing, but if you are soft -hearted and don't like confrontation, then you may get taken for a ride. It is ofen helpful to bring along a Chinese friend who can help you bargain. The way to do it is, look around at all of the stuff and point out to your friend which item you like, without letting the seller know. Then let the Chinese person go back and bargain for you. Of cours not all Chinese people are good bargainers, but at least if they go, the starting price is the same, but the lowest the seller will go will be lower for the Chinese person.

If you are a tall person (6' and up ) the Silk Market is the best place for you to buy clothes and shoes. Usually the shopping plazas and super-stores do not have really large sizes. If you are size 12 shoe size or larger, then the only place to really go is to the Silk Market.

You will notice quite a few famous name-brand items there, and you may wonder how a Timberland down jacket can be sold for US$20 or $30. The answer is not clear. Sometimes the goods are counterfeit, but more often the merchant has a relative in a clothing factory who can get excess products or slightly imperfect products for super cheap prices. At least that is one theory. No matter what the case may be, it is a place for bargain shopping.

Silk Market   Silk Market

The silk and cashmere goods are also much cheaper than they would be in other stores or in other countries. These items make great gifts for friends back home, especially the silk Mickey Mouse boxer shorts which you can't get away from. Most of the sellers speak a little English, at least they know how to say "you say how much!", "I give you good price." And of course numbers are their specialty. There is also a large selection of fake Rolex, Omega and other wristwatches, rivaled only by the street hawkers of New York City.

Note :it is very crowded in the alleyway, and people will be constantly brushing up against you. It is a good idea to keep a close eye on your bag or wallet while you are in there. If you are wearing a backpack, put it on backwards so the pack is in front of you. If you don't, you may find that there is a slit in the bottom of your pack and all the good stuff is gone!

Hours: 9:00-18:00
Tips: Xiushui market has been moved into a big building near the old place in the year of 2005. You can buy clothing, silk, shoes and hats here. There are no marked prices. Test your bargaining skills. The vendors speak some English for their business. The clothing is trendy and labeled as famous brands. Most are copies though the quality is good. Often it's possible to bargain down to half of the original price. So browse along the 200 meter long market first and then decide where to buy. Always give out your final offer and then just walk ahead. The vendors will call you back. Both Chinese yuan and US dollars are acceptable here. The exchange rate is around 7.5 yuan to one dollar. There is no return service. But you can change the size and color. Just remember it's impossible to get your money back once you've paid!

Related Official Website of Silk Market: http://www.silkstreet.cc/templet/en/

Transportation: Subway line 1, get off at Yong'anli Station.

We highly suggest a tailor-made Private Tour to Silk Market


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