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Silk Alley reminded me of the Bazaars in the Bahamas which are little more than pieces of wood or tin nailed together with a table and chair inside covered with goods. I made my first purchase after a few minutes a great red linen shirt down from 210 to 25 yuan (about $3)! The feeling was exhilarating!
Bargaining gets in the blood!!!!! Remember, walking away helps the price drop – sometimes you have to do it twice! After battling hard with a few vendors they became my ?ggood friend?h once the deal was made. Don?ft feel guilty about getting a deal – the sellers will make it up on other sales. I saw quite a few people pay the first price without blinking an eye.
Shopping! Silkmarket is...
Shopping! Silkmarket is great!!! But they have also other intersting places to go shopping!!!
Visit shops that sell tea here you can get the famouse green tea...it does not tast good but it says to be good for the health.
We stopped at a government-owned cloisonné factory on the way to the Great Wall. The pic shows a giant cloisonné vase that was on display. The people in the pic are members of my tour group, including our guide, Miss Li. The distinguished gentleman is Dr. Lynch, one of the more interesting chaps I met on my trip around the world. He is a neuropsychiatrist that worked for many years with Aldous Huxley on researching the drug LSD. He was even the inspiration for characters in a couple of Huxley's works, including the young student in 'The Genius and the Goddess' and the doctor in 'Island'. The two ladies were scientists from the Mayo Clinic.
The markets near there are...
The markets near there are pretty cool, as long as you know that most of the antiques aren't really that great. For antiques go to the 'Sunday Stuff Market' or 'Dirt Market' in the Southeast on Sundays and bargain well. Qianmen area next to Tiananmen has good markets and authentic tea and Peking Duck shops, and the Xiu Shui Street (Silk Market) by the embassy has every kind of knockoff product in the world and all kinds of good Chinese souveniers for your friends (oh and stock up on bootlegged DVDs and DCs!). You're better off getting silk elsewhere though. Hongqiao (aka the Pearl Market) by Tiantan is a neat indoor market, and you can really get some inexpensive nice pearls and silk there. Look out for the giant picture of Bill Clinton with a pearl vendor - worth the trip right there.
This is a tag from some 'Abercrombie' pants I bought at a market there. Look carefully - I love all the knockoffs, they're so funny!
Shopping at the silk market...
Shopping at the silk market was a great trip. We went to some other markets but by far this was the best one. Of course, like all markets in Asia, you'd do well to browse a little first and then you ABSOLUTELY must bargain. General rule of thumb is to offer half of what they are asking for the item...most likely you'll get it for that or close to it.
A great place to shop
If you want to do some shopping while in Beijing you won't want to miss the Silk Market (aka Xiushui Dongjie). In this row of outdoor shops you will find everything from Mao and Rolex watches to Northface and Nike gear among other things. Remember all prices are negotiable and their best price is never their best price. I won't ruin it by telling you how much I paid for stuff but my recommendation to you is to set your best price in your head before you start your negotiation. Your best bet will be to give them your price and walk away. If it is at all within reason they will quickly sell you what you want at your best price. The best deals are often times made at the end of the day. The market closes abruptly at 6pm as the police walk down the row looking to give out citations for those who do not close on time.
One word of warning, watch your bags and your wallet. This is a well known spot for pick pockets because it is very crowded. You will have no problem if you keep you purse or backpack in front of you, close at hand and your wallet in your front pocket.
Shopping at Silk Street
Silk street unfold..... the buzzling stalls where transactions in cash and the voices of people bargaining echoed through the crowded multi-storey building.
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Stalls set up along the street offering 'xiaochi' (small food) from all over China. Nothing is more than a few kuai, except the odd delicacy such as scorpion on a stick for 10 Yuan.
See who are tallest you or the...
See who are tallest you or the statue....
I bought me an smaller copy of this statue and it is really cute... I would love to have this BIG statue outside my house!
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