This is a high end shopping mall with many sculptures placed throughout the indoor mall. There is also several very good restaurants here. Not the best place for tourists to shop as the stores are very pricey. Definitely worth a visit to eat and enjoy the sculptures.
The front entrance to the mall has a large outdoor sculpture with a smoke machine emitting smoke at the base. Very impressive.
The mall is open:
Monday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
The silk market is a large building and has little to do with buying silk. It's more of a bargain basement sales. Set up many cubical stores for about 6 floors, some of the sales people can be very aggressive. If you enter a store and receive a price, you rarely have to negotiate. Just walk out of the store and the price will drop every step you take.
Mostly all types of cloths can be found here and as you go up the floors other items can be found like housewares and souvenirs.
The hours the market is open:
Monday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Some wonderful Calligraphy artists can be found right across the street from Panjiayuan open market. They are painting the calligraphy on the spot so you know it is not manufactured in a factory or by computer. You can definitely negotiate on the price and it is recommended.
Here is some video of the Artist in action: Calligraphy Artist
After visiting Liulichang Cultural Street, I continued walking south of Nan Xin Hua Jie. Then I saw the signboard " Zhang Jia Qiao Hu Tong ", so I followed the signboard to explore this part of the Hutong in Beijing. This part of the Hutong is very original with old and ancient alleys, typical low rise brick buildings, mostly residential. I continued walking toward east of Tie Shu Xie Jie, and then connected with Dashilan West Street. When I reached Dashilan street, I felt like I reached the downtown of ancient Beijing. There are slightly higher commercial buildings with shops, banks, the famous Daguanlou cinema, restaurants, hotels, and etc. There are very similar to Qianmen street, but those buildings looks more original without much restored.
I went into this restaurant, Tian Hai (Sky Sea Restaurant). It was amazing, the waiter and waitress wearing traditional ancient uniforms serving foods in this restaurant of a historical building. The customers and staffs were friendly talking in original Beijing dialect.
Don't miss the Daguanlou Cinema...
In Chinese: 大栅栏街 (Da Shan Lan Jie)
I love to hang out here at night. The tour bus from the Great Wall stopped here to end the trip. So, we had dinner and walked around here after the Great Wall trip. The shopping street has a lot of shops selling art and crafts, and restaurants especially serving traditional Old Beijing fried noodle with soy bean (Zha Jiang Main). We tried it, not bad but not really that good. Maybe this is not the typical place for the locals, but mostly tourists. Prices are slightly more expensive than other places in Beijing. The great part about this place is they have many buildings with great traditional Beijing architectures, you can really feel the Beijing culture in here. There is a old tram serving Qianmen street from North to South, stopping between three stations.
On 6/10/2011, I visited Qianmen Street in the afternoon. It was very crowded with tourists, but I still enjoyed looking at those buildings. I still prefer to come here in the evening.
Don't miss this place for your evening hangout..
In Chinese: 前门大街 (Qian Men Da Jie)
Dad used to buy some old traditional things,such as Chinese writings, paintings, stamps...
The translation of this writing is: "The duty of the sage ruler is not to do things, but rather to undo or not to do at all". That is the belief of China Taoism. A chinese has written a book to say that, Taoism by Lao Tzu is actually much or less the same as the one in bibel. So I like Lao Tzu more than Confucius. And he is the teacher of Confucius.
If u want to buy something like that, or jade, china...come here:
Located on Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, near the northeast embassy area,just west of Sanlitun Jiuba Jie, is open daily from 9:30am to 8:00pm， is similar to the Silk Market, It's an indoor 4-floor store,Beijing's clothing Bazaar .It is also as crowded.
It's full of fake designer, jeans, shoes and ladies wear and so on. You can find a lot of clothing and daily necessities on the first and second floor. Good tailors can be found on the third floor. The fourth floor is a fine hunting ground for souvenirs and gifts -- there are kites from Weifang in Shandong, calligraphy materials, army surplus gear, tea sets, and farmer's paintings from Xi'an.
At the Silk Market, shopping isn't an activity. It's an experience, a first-class mental and physical workout.
Shopping in China is great theater. And the Silk Market is pretty much the Carnegie Hall of Beijing.
Here's what the Fodor's tour guide said about it: "The intensity of the bargaining and the sheer number of goods available are pretty much unsurpassed anywhere else in the world."
You can find just about anything you want here but the main items are silk goods, jeans, luggage, men's suits and knock-off women's accessories, like purses and shoes. There's also a healthy collection of kitschy "Maomorabilia."
The vendors are the real gems at the Silk Market. Ninety-five percent of them are young women, and they are more aggressive than mixed martial arts champions. The narrow lanes between the market stands serve as the perfect gauntlet for their attacks. From the moment you enter, they are in your face, offering all manner of crafty come-on lines: "Mistah, you be good husband. Buy you wife scarf." "Sir, you handsome. You want T-shirt. Me make you deal." "USA, No. 1." And on and on it went, down ever lane, around every corner.
Silk Street is a large modern shopping centre that contains over 1,700 vendors who, mostly, sell counterfeit designer brand clothing and shoes. As well as this, their are stalls selling traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, table cloths, bed coverings, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, electronic gadgets, trinkets, and fine jewellery. Opened on March 19, 2005, and replacing the old alley-based Xiushui Market, the shopping centre attracts thousands of foreign tourists looking for counterfeit bargains. The place can feel very intimidating with vendors trying to attract you into their area. Remember to bargain as hard as you can and don't, by any means, accept their first price. It's all a 'game' and you remember that and that the items they sell aren't legitimate.
i have been to the Pearl Market several times and it is always good.
There are 5 floors of different goods. The pearl floor is the main attraction of the market. Here you can get pearls at ridiculously cheap prices (however always check the quality). Many sellers will also tailor make pearl jewellery to your needs. I always walk away with some pearl item when I visit.
The other floors have various goods such as:
- Fake designer bags, wallets, belts
- Fake designer jackets, shirts, jeans, jumpers, t-shirts, dresses
- 'Traditional' chinese tablecloths, bedspreads, placemats, etc (although the silk market is better for these things)
- You MUST bargain at the Pearl Market. Do it with a smile, a laugh and never get angry or offensive. It is a lot of fun if you don't take it seriously. Everyone will get ripped off at some point, so just take it as part of the experience.
- Never feel bad, even if they look sad and tell you that your price is so low they can't feed their family. If that were true they would not sell it to you for that price.
- Always check the quality of the products. Gently pull the seams, check the zips, and on handbags always check handles.
- If you are willing to pay more for a better product ask for "Triple A" quality. These are the very best fake designer goods and are never on display. They cost more but look better and last longer.
- Beware of pickpckets. They are known to frequent the Pearl Market after tourists.
If you are on a tour, you are almost guaranteed to have the opportunity to visit a factory to see how cloisonne enamel is made. Afterwards, there will be a retail opportunity to buy some!
It is actually quite interesting to see how the designs are made with copper wire and then filled with powdered glass.
The inevitable shop at the end of the tour has some beautiful items, but they are not cheap, so be careful about your budget.
It is amazing how often you will have a stall holder hold out their hand and say, “I remember you!”
“Oh, you are killing me.”
“You are breaking my heart because you don’t buy from my store.”
“Real, not copy.”
“I have special morning price for you.”
“I have special afternoon price for you.”
“OK, how much you pay.”
Let’s face it.
A Polo "brand" or Jeep "brand" polo-shirt is approx 50 Yuan.
A "brand name" hand bag is approx 100 Yuan.
Leather "brand name" belts are approx 25 Yuan.
Polo "brand" short sleeve shirts are approx 70 Yuan.
"Brand name" watches are approx 100 to 120 yuan.
How do I know? That’s what I paid!
On the 5th floor of shopping the silk markets you will find wall to wall tailors who are just waiting to “size you up” for any piece of clothing that you could ever want. From shorts, shirts, trousers, blouses and jackets to suits and “GENUINE COPY” Armani suits, you will find it all here!
Anne had 5 lined skirts, 5 blouses and 5 pairs of dress shorts manufactures for US110.00. 1 skirt alone cost over US$80 at home!
TIP – take along some of your favorite styles with you. All you have to do is give them the sample, choose a fabric, pick the colors and haggle a price! Everything is ready within 24 hours.
There is a “China Post” on floor B2 and it is cheap to send boxes home.
Located on Jinguo Men Wai Dajie, the “Xiushuf Silk Markets” are a must for any visitor to Beijing that wishes to pick up a bargain!
Some believe that these markets are way over price. I, however, believe that the markets represent excellent value….especially when you must haggle for a great price!
Don't let the name foolyou, although there are beautiful silk items sold here, the Silk Markets offer 6 floors of shopping with each floor specializing in true “GENUINE COPY” items! From Rolex and Gucci watches, Polo, Jeep and Armani clothing right through to jewelry, bags and accessories, you can grab a bargain here.
Shopping in Beijing was a thrill! Asking for vendors to lower their prices and to really enjoy the art of haggling are what you can really make fun of when shopping in this city. Beijing has got several big malls in the world so why just sit in your hotel room when you can SHOP!!!