Silk Market, Beijing

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    Silk Market: buying at the silk market

    by kangningchang Written May 31, 2008

    silk market carries just about anything you could imagine. mostly knock off stuff, clothing, bags, watches ect. it is the largest silk/pearl market in Beijing, and you can usually find some pretty good stuff here...
    be warned though if you look foreign, it's better to have a local friend come with you, i've bargained for a string of pears, got asked for about 85, talked it down to about 50, still though it was too expensive (aiming for like 30 rmb) then when walking away, heard them tell a foreigner that the same string of pearls were 300 RMB.

    they can get very greedy, esp on the weekends when the place is flooded with people.

    i hear a good day to go is the day before Christmas eve? the place according to my friend was deserted and it was very easy to talk prices down.

    What to buy: knock off bags, clothing, jewelry, beijing souvenirs, electronic appliances ect...

    What to pay: depends on the quality of the item, just remember pay whatever you feel the item is worth, but check that it is not damaged before you pay!

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    Silk Market: great for last minute present shopping

    by piglet44 Written May 18, 2008

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    This is not just a silk market- but like the Pearl Market has everything you may want. You can get cheap shoes, clothes, handicrafts, silk and even electronics. In the basement is a food court (noisy but cheap) or if you prefer, try the pizza house next door which is quieter.
    the ground floor which you enter straight from the subway station (handy in the rain!) has shoes, leather goods and luggage. Watch out for the shouting which makes you lose track of the price you just offered them.The salesgirls' are really expert in bargaining. But you will surely find what you are looking to buy here.

    What to buy: silk, pearls, cheap clothes, souvenirs, cheap electronics.

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    Silk Market: a lesson in patience, the silk market

    by rosie235 Written Mar 23, 2008

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    lots of shopping to do in the Silk market. You do need to really bargain hard. get used to hearing that "you are killing me" with your counter prices or that you are getting a special price because you are nice or in our instance because we were aussies. just remember that most stuff are copies and as such don't factor in the original item prices in your barganing. i love shopping and barganing but I must admit I was so sick and tired of the games they play that i came home with much less than i intended on buying because i could not be bothered with finding something i liked and then wasting 20 minutes to get to a semi reasonable price. All you need to do is glance at something and you are instantly grabbed and dragged into their stall, forcing us to walk into the stall to try and grab him back. My son found this quite upsetting as he was constantly picked up or dragged into stalls and held onto as if he was being held captive. He is a seasoned traveller and yet this experience took ages for him to get used to.

    What to buy: The silk market has everything that you can imagine , from electronics, clothes, makeup, glasses and of course copy handbags and everything else in between.

    What to pay: as an absolute minimum you should expect to pay less than half of the quoted price. At times when we were sick of the games , we settled on a price we were willing to pay, picked up the goods, put them in a bag and lstuffed the money in their hand. I had better things to do than quibble for ages over the price. They never once followed us or demanded more which meant that they still made a very tidy profit.

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    Silk Market: Have fun bargaining here!

    by Leslieb66 Written Mar 22, 2008

    This place can be addiciting! It's a lot of fun to see what kind of price you can get for things. I have to warn you about quality though. I bought a "silver" ring for $6 which stayed "silver" for about 6 months. And of course the name brand stuff is all fake but my friend's fake rolex's still work just fine as far as I know. My dad loved his $5 fake Polo button-down that I got him. I bought a beautiful silk scarf for $6 that I get tons of compliments on so that is by far my best purchase from the Silk Market.

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    Silk Market: SILK MARKET

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 11, 2008

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    The original outdoor Xiushui Market (a.k.a. Silk Alley) was located in Xiushui Dongjie, Southeast of Ritan near the First Embassy Area of Beijing. The shopping alley consisted of 410 stalls selling mostly knock-off luxury name brand garments, silk products, and tourist souvenirs. After 20 years of business, the old Xiushui Market was ordered to close down for demolition on January 6th, 2005 due to fire safety hazards, security issues, and the absence of land permits from individual landlords. The application for demolition was filed on July 2004 by the Beijing Urban Planning Bureau, the Chaoyang Public Engineering Committee, the Chaoyang Department of Public Security and Fire Fighting, and the Chaoyang Foreign Liaison Office.

    Silk Street(XiĆ¹shuǐjiē) is a shopping center in Beijing that accommodates over 1,700 retail vendors, notorious among international tourists for their wide selection of counterfeit designer brand apparels.

    What to buy: Xiushui Market, the current Silk Street establishment has diversified their business scope. In addition to selling fashion apparels & accessories such as hats, handbags, shoes, belts, sportswear, silk fabrics like their predecessor, the new Silk Street have introduced traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, table cloths, bed coverings, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, electronic gadgets, trinkets, and fine jewelry.

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    Yuanlong silk shop: silk or nothing

    by traveloturc Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Situated north of Tiantan Park (Temple of Heaven), Yuanlong silk shop has a prestigious history but started from small beginnings back in 1932.
    Now Yuanlong Mansion, with its 4-storey shopping area, offers customers a wide selection of genuine silk products.
    On the first floor of the Yuanlong Mansion, there are silk bed wares, quilts, hand-embroidered ties, purses and handkerchiefs as well as carpets. The carpets are made with traditional paintings of dragons, animals, birds, flowers and Buddhas.. The best weaved carpet can cost up to 62,000 yuan (US$7750) but is prized by collectors.

    What to buy: anything silk

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    Silk Market: Xiu Shui Jie

    by yangzhigong Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Non-Chinese visit Beijing like goto Xiu Shui Jie(silk market), goods there is cheap, you may get a kick out of bargain with vendor. But be careful, the market is full of fack goods, open your eyes wide shut.

    What to buy: clothes, small craft or gift

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    Silk Market: Qian Xiang Yi silk store

    by yangzhigong Written Aug 27, 2007

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    Qian Xiang Yi silk store
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    Recently, lots of VT friends ask about buying silk in China. Nowadays, peoples seldom wear silk, because it is expensiv and damageable. But buy some silk goods as a gift is good choice for a new visitor, I recommend Qian Xiang Yi, It was established in 1840.
    Silk is of ancient China' main contributions to world civilization. China had a monopoly on world silk production for hundreds of years. Beijing silk store is one of the eight famous Silk Stores in Beijing,.

    What to buy: silk

    What to pay: see the qulity and the goods.

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    Silk Street Market: Fake it until you make it

    by maria_hz Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    The Silk Street market is a concept in Beijing.

    The original Silk Street (Xiuhui Jie) was demolished in 2004 and the current building in the current location opened in 2005. Now it is an indoor market with five floors filled with clothes, shoes, bags, touristy stuff and jewellery for young and old.

    It is famous so even if you don't fancy buying anything, do go to have a look. Many of the people we saw shopping there were foreigners, but also some Chinese do go here. It seems this place is rather controversial, as I've heard many wow they will never shop there because the prices are higher than elsewhere, whereas others love the place. Why not go to get your own opinion of the place?

    What to buy: Anything you fancy and haggle as hard as you can if you are a foreigner. You can find fake brand clothes, sports wear, shoes, bags and wallets, as well as more chinese stuff like jade ware (again, watch out for fakes), silk table mats, fans, masks etc etc. Also pearls and jewellery of semi-precious stones.

    What to pay: Prices here, however, are higher than outdoor markets as rents are higher for indoor stalls. To give you an idea, I buy ladies' short-sleeved tops for CNY50-60, but the starting price may be somewhere around 150-200.

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    Silk Market: knock off city

    by rosie235 Written Jul 20, 2007

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    The Silk market is a knock off shoppers paradise. Big brand fascionistas will just love this place. Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana,Todd's, Diesel, Levi's, Billabong, Chanel.. you name it and they have it. Most items are of fairly good quality.

    What I hated about the market is the way you are man handled and grabbed, pushed & shoved by the vendors. It really made the whole experience quite unpleasant and in some stalls, even if I liked something I did not enter their stall because oftheir aggressive nature. My son was grabbed and dragged into stalls so often that he became quite upset by it.

    Most of your time is spent negotiating a decent price for items. Be prepared to haggle for atleast 15 minutes each time you want something. I must admit I am a shopaholic but I was so sick and tired of haggling that In the end I just gave up buying anything.

    What to buy: The Market has womens, mens and childrens clothing and shoes. Jewellery, prescription glasses ,which they will make up for you in 40 minutes, bags, silk products, tailors who will make up suits and shirts within 24 to 48 hours. you name it and you are likely to find it at the market.

    What to pay: Expect to pay about 30% of the original asking price. After all the toing and frowing with price haggling you will be sick of hearing things like.." you're killing me..."

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    Silk Market: Silk blanket for friends

    by angelochka Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    well, not so sure it was this exact Silk Market where the guide took me to (of course he didnt ask if i wanted to visit it!), just forced me to come in like they always do...taking you to all kind of pearl, silk, jade factories and shops is a must for them after you are deadly tired from sightseeing tour:) but at the end i didnt mind at all, the tour in the factory was very informative and demostrative...though i was bit tired cause one of the salesmen was insisting too much on buying a silk blanket..if not for me, it would be great present for my parents..ok,. if not for you parents..take it for your friends..

    What to buy: all is from silk here..blankets, pillowcases, bags, traditional clothes, scarfs, ties..neverending!

    What to pay: prices are different, blankets are expensive of course, but i bought few nice scarfs with beautifully printed ornaments, each costed max 20$

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    Silk Market: learn to Haggle Hard

    by NorthernHenry Written Jun 14, 2007

    Various stalls selling everything from shirts electronics, shoes, watches, sunglasses, tourist tat

    What to buy: fake goods!

    What to pay: Remember if you strike a deal and they sell, they're making money. Offer 10-20% of their asking price and work up slowly. Be prepared to stick to your price and walk away, they will soon either chase or leave, then you know where to be pitching. "they start very high-you start very low" easy really?
    If they ask for 300RMB go in at 30 or less and work from there...
    Those carrying dollars and using them, and taking goods at face value are spoiling the whole shopping experience for everyone, the visitors only compare to US prices and get completely ripped off, some stall holders already waiting for deals with US tours visiting the market as they make a killing on the prices (often 300% over what they'd be willing to sell at). The whole atmosphere I fear will change if this trend continues, especially with many naive US middle aged tour groups buying everything at face value..

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    Silk Market: De compras en La silk market

    by asgard Written Jan 8, 2007

    Son 4 pisos donde se puede comprar practicamente de todo, incluso seguro algo que ni necesitas.

    Esta muy bien situada justo en la avenida que pasa por la plaza tianan men, tiene parada de metro en su subterraneo.

    Una verdadero "paraiso fiscal" para todo tipo d eimitacion de ropa, relojes, etc etc

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    Silk Market: BARTER!!!!

    by zhang.delong Written Jan 1, 2007

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    Do not pay full price for anything from a vendor. Start by offering them about 10-25% of what they originally ask and never go over half!!! If they do not agree, just walk away. They will usually follow you or call you back.

    What to buy: Great buys on silks and leather!! You can get a suit made for just about $100USD.

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    Silk Market: You Can Find Everything Here

    by kmorlo16 Written Nov 25, 2006

    This place has everything. I had very limited time to shop in Beijing and chose to go to the Silk Market. You can get everything here including knock off clothing, shoes and accessories, jewelry, silk, jade and all types of wonderful souveniers. If you only can go to one place I highly recommend the silk market and don't forget to bargain, bargain, bargain.

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