Silk Street & Pearl Market (Xiushui)

Silk Street & Pearl Market (Xiushui)

Silk Street & Pearl Market (Xiushui)
3.5
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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In addition to a wide variety of silk products, this popular market offers cashmere garments, leather goods, shoes, watches and traditional handicrafts.
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Priti
Mumbai, India25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is really nice market with fake of lot of good brands like Gucci, Chanel, LV, YSL and many more. The copy is really nice looks almost like original. They bargain a lot so you should be good to get a hard bargain then you can get stuff at really cheap price. The market also is very neat and nicely arranged unlike similar markets in some other cities where its overcrowded and not so clean and tidy.
Written 8 January 2020
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johnatherton49
Lewes, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
In 2012 Silk Street (Beijing) was a bustling indoor market with many small open units for buying anything but more importantly buying fake branded goods - most of good quality and cheap if you bargained well. Now sadly it is a shadow of its former self, with nearly half the shops boarded up and vacant. Yes the individual shops are more enclosed, well presented and light but no more branded goods with just a few exceptions. Most goods are unknown brands or deliberately mis-spelt brands such that they may be of a decent quality but there is no added-value in buying them. Indeed when I went to a shopping mall to buy western branded goods (at fixed prices) I even found these were more expensive than at home. Perhaps in some smaller popular cities there are shopping bargains to be had but sadly not in Beijing anymore.
Written 20 October 2023
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Musician2018
Winnipeg, Canada16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
As of April 2022, this market is nearly empty. I’ve lived in Beijing since 2018 and this market used to be fantastic for gifts, art, fake electronics, handbags and shoes and currently nearly all the floors have only a few stalls open. There were signs saying it will be open soon. There’s also an amazing coffee shop on the top floor with a nice view and great coffee.
Written 9 April 2022
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Eric H
Palm Beach Gardens, FL28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I was kind of shocked when I got there. The place is a ghost town. Half of the stores are empty and very few customers. No more friendly banter with the girls who tell me how smart and good looking i am.

Up side is that you can get better deals because of the lack of traffic.
Written 22 February 2024
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Seebuyfly
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately the market as we have known it for many many years is no longer. No more copy goods.
Only local brands. So no more fun going there. Government is no longer allowing to sell the fake goods at this place. As I write it is still sold at Shanghai science market.
Written 1 November 2023
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sineadkirk
Chessington, UK45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Terrible - this place is not what it used to be famous for! Limited amount of shops open and none offering the 'goods' you'd be expecting. 'Everything has changed since covid' is what the shope owners told me.
Written 29 December 2023
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Yvonne B O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I often travel solo because I really like it. On this trip I met some amazingly friendly people. I am a painter and designer. On my first day to the pearl market I met whole saler Xio, from double wings jewelry who had wonderful real gems. You can give him your design and it’s done the next day.

He even called a cab, paid for it by phone (I paid him back of course) and eventually he walked down with me to the cab.

Wirth a visit.
Written 10 April 2024
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Max Powers
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
In its endless quest to make China the most boring country on the planet, the Chinese government cracked down on this place and it is now a total waste of time.

If you’re reading this, DO NOT go here. It’s nothing like it used to be.
Written 6 December 2023
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ggtoronto5
Toronto, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Business
This is an amazing market for bespoke suits, silk scarves, a few fake bags and clothes. They have revamp it and now it is more of upscale little boutiques. They have little shops divided into various areas. You can get Rx glasses for 40-50$. Silk scarves from $14. If you want fake you have to ask for it and they will pull out a few pieces. It is no long in the open. It is so worth the visit. I have some suits made for $250. Amazing

I did go to the other pearl market. Didn’t care for that at all. Very run down. We spent 15 minutes there and left.
Written 7 April 2023
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aussiewanderers
Sydney, Australia607 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
By Western standards, it is criminally fraudulent to sell something which is not what it is purported to be. By Chinese standards, it is totally buyer beware, and if you are foolish enough to be fooled, they have won the game and you have lost, while both of you have had some fun bargaining.
Trying to buy real silk in China is a real headache unless you know what you are doing. We did some research before leaving but that was inadequate and we only learnt how to approach it while spending 5 weeks in China. Here is what we learnt so you can benefit from our experience.
There are 4 challenges: Finding a place that sells genuine silk, Distinguishing genuine silk from polyester, Determining the quality grade of silk, and Finding silk at its cheapest price rather than a tourist-oriented ripoff price.
1. Outlets for genuine silk
Generally speaking (there will be exceptions), you won't find genuine silk in a tourist-oriented market (eg, Beijing's Silk Market or Pearl Market, or clothing shops in Guilin or Yangshuo). It will be polyester with a tag saying 100% pure silk. To find genuine silk, you will have to go to either a genuine silk market (hard to find but one exists in Hangzhou) or to a government silk factory (guaranteed to be silk but very expensive by Chinese standards) or to a chain store in which you can have some faith (like Silk Depot) but much more expensive than prices in a genuine silk market. Ditto for the big department stores in Beijing and Shanghai. If you are buying something so bulky that you need it shipped home, the Govt factory outlet is the way to go. They will arrange shipping very reliably we were told (can't vouch for the reliability yet as we haven't yet received our silk quilt in the mail!)
2. Distinguishing silk from polyester
There are 3 ways we learnt while in China. Do these tests no matter where you are buying your silk, as there are no consumer protection laws in China and you can't rust anyone, not even a Govt factory outlet.
Method 1; Generally, polyester has brighter shinier colours than silk, whose colours are a little duller. Caution is needed howver as silk can be processed to be just as bright and shiny as polyester. So this test is not foolproof
Metod 2; Rub two surfaces of the garment together between your fingers. Polyester is shiny and smooth and will feel as though it rubs with a lubricant - smooth and no sound of friction. Much silk feels rougher to the touch when rubbed and makes a faint "grating' noise when rubbed. Again, this test is not foolproof as silk can be processed to be shiny and smooth
Method 3: The acid test is to burn some of the material with a cigarette lighter. Real silk burns with a white smoke and leaves a fine powdery black ash. The smoke smells like burnt protein (such as burnt meat). Polyester burns with a grey or black smoke, smells like burning plastic and leaves an ash like melted plastic rather than powder. Most shops will do this for you if ask. However, be on your guard because the shops are cunning. The most frequent deception is that they will burn a thread taken from the tag saying "100% silk". You think they do this to preserve the garment but the deception is that the tag itself is 100% silk but the garment it is attached to is polyester!! Another trap is to be sure that the threads are taken from the garment you are thinking of purchasing and not some other material. This test is relatively conclusive.
3. Determining the quality grade of silk.
We couldn't find any tests for this, other than, once you are convinced it is silk, knowing that generally, the finer the material feels, the better the quality of silk it has been made with. We found this was particualrly evident in men's ties. The rougher textured ties were less costly than the smoother more malleable ties.
4. Getting silk at the cheapest price
Many different people will tell you many different things about the best place to buy silk, and none fo them can be believed. Guides will tell you that the place they are taking you to is the best place (usually to Govt factory outlets) but they are motivated by commissions they recieve on all youir purchases. Many people assert that Suzhou (about 100kms out of Shanghai) is the best place to buy silk but that was not our experience. There is a huge govt factory outlet store in Suzhou to which all the guides take tourists because it pays commissions. Even rickshaw drivers in Suzhou will try to talk you into being taken there by them! There is supposed to be a genuine silk market in Suzhou (shops in a particular street named by Lonely Planet) but there were few such shops with limited range when we checked it out . We concluded that the Govt store has out-competed these stores. We found the best genuine silk market in Hangzhou, also about 100kms out of Shanghai. Along Xinhua and Ti Yu Chang Rd. It is referred to by some as "China Silk Town" and its where the local Chinese go to buy their silk stuff. There are about 100 shops, some selling bolts of material, others clothes and a few selling bedroom items such as quilts and covers. Sales assitants have little English, so it is best to get your guide or hotel to write down in Chinese what you want and a few relevant questions about it (eg, size, quality, colour aspects). The shop assistants are very creative and willing to respond in sign language. To give you an idea of the savings in prospect, here are the prices we found for a King sized pure silk quilt cover with 2 matching pillow cases:
Suzhou Govt Silkk factory - 2200 RMB
Shanghai Silk factory - 1900 RMB
Hangzhou Silk Town - 1250 RMB with 2 extra matching pillow cases thrown in.
So we saved more than 1000RMB (about USD145) by not purchasing in Suzhou as many people recommended.
Written 9 October 2010
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