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Silk Market _- beware of the tailors
Has anybody else had the problems we had at the tailors of Silk Markets Beijing?
We bought 8 shirts and 3 womens suits.
The skirts of the suits were 2 inches around the waste smaller, we went back 4 times and wasted the best part of 2 days on these suits.
Finally they were delivered to our hotel at 2.00am in the morning, still wrong so I wrote off the A$1000+ the suits cost us.
The shirts, the arms were 1/2" short one arm to the next.
Whenever we went back, there was always 2-3 other peple complaining about their garments.
Want some advice, DON'T buy tailor made garments at the Silk Market Beijing, they are cheap and you don't get what you pay for!
They speak good English up to when you have a problem then they pretend to not know what the problem is.
Re: Silk Market _- beware of the tailors
typical local skimming the tourists
the old adgae " you get what you pay for" comes to mind and while i am sure the AUS $1000 isn't a small amount markets are markets and tailor made shops are tailor made shops the world over i expect
i expect thats why the warning though
Re: Silk Market _- beware of the tailors
I had that problem in Hong Kong a long time ago. I think basically the actual maker couldn't believe the measurer's numbers, so I got a 14 collar rather than 17!
But it's not all bad, I have had some good stuff made in China (not in Beijing). Basically the tailor and the cloth vendor are separate, so I buy the material I like then take it to the tailor I know, who makes it up for me.
So my recommendation for the future is just buy the material, then take it somewhere else - they don't care where it came from. By the way, be sure to inspect the cloth you buy, for any flaws.
Travel Tips for Beijing
Tiananmen Square National Day decorations
During the week long National Day celebrations around October 1 they bring out Sun Zhongshan's portrait, some political slogans, and a bunch of pretty flowers. The China government used to roll out similar large paintings depicting two old Eastern European men with long beards (Karl Marx and some other founder of communism) but now the only bearded fellow you'll see in Tiananmen Square is Colonel Sanders standing in front of the KFC at the southwest corner. The Chinese characters visible in photo #2 mean "excellent" and are part of a long National Day political banner surrounded by pretty flowers.
Sales Promotions in China
Karaoke was developed as a way to test peoples' abilities to tolerate others. So Chinese sales promotions take karaoke a step further by taking amateur entertainment out into the street where the tolernce of innocent passers-by can be thoroughly tried.
It is difficult selling anything in China, because there is no such thing as brand. Few Chinese companies have any brand loyalty or even any brand knowledge,so companies resort to smple gimmicks to attract people. Presumably they are relying on at least one of the audience buying the product out of sheer boredom.
Small stages are set up with enough sound equipment to operate a U2 stadium gig, and a passionate, if unintelligible MC, bellows into a microphone. The audience gathers, watches in silent bemusement, then moves on.
In this particular example, the MC has dressed up in Qing imperial costume to reinforce the ridicule. Note the totally expressionless faces of everyone in the audience. These people are cold, bored and don't have enough money to buy anything.
The CCTV Tower
The CCTV Tower is located on the left hand side of the west 3rd ring road, besides the Yuyuantan Park. The ticket price to the observation deck above, which scales to 238 metres, is Y50. Since the tower isn't located at the center of the city, don't expect to see many of the city's famous landmarks, especially when going on a hazy day like I did. This tower is a no-frills tower and the only reason you might want to come here is to enjoy an unhindered view from the open-air deck.
New Silk Street
The new Silk Street building has 5 floors entirely covered of small shops and stalls normally crowded with tourists and locals, shopping around... You find almost everything: from clothing to electronics, souvenirs to travel equipment, small supermaket to DVD stores...
Be aware that you have 99% chance to buy only copies.. .some really good, but others no at all... quality isn't a Chinese characteristic yet. Bargain all that you can... normally prices offered the first time rely on "european or american standards", affordable by the tourists, but real prices are far below that... don't be ashamed to bargain.
Trainstation is PACKED, get there on time!
Oh my goodness.
I took the special train up from Hong Kong for about 600 HKD...A sheer pleasure.
Well, return from Bejing to HK...a sheer terror. I missed my train so I had to ride local (maybe I'll write about that in another tip).
HOWEVER, What I want to say is. THERE ARE LOTS AND LOTS OF PEOPLE. Seriousy, make sure you get to the train station on time. The trains run on schedule, even if the rest of the country may not.
The train station to Hong Kong is located at Beijing Railroad Station WEST. It is the newest and most modern station (with cool Chinese-like architecture), according to the locals.
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