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“Great Place to Shop!”

Silk Street & Pearl Market (Xiushui)
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Beijing Badaling Great Wall of China Day Trip
Ranked #26 of 308 Shopping in Beijing
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Owner description: In addition to a wide variety of silk products, this popular market offers cashmere garments, leather goods, shoes, watches and traditional handicrafts.
Reviewed 6 October 2014

It's a multi-story building where each floor is dedicated to each type of item (clothes, shoes, luggage, etc.). The place is clean and well organized.

Yes, the vendors bark out at you while you walk by, but didn't find them overly aggressive compared to places like Mexico.

Keep in mind that the items are all well made, but the designer items are not real. You will haggle, and should end up paying no more than 1/4th of their original asking price. If you do pay more, it may be better to buy off of eBay. We bought sunglasses, jeans, and purses. There's a wide variety of shoes as well.

It was a very fun few hours. Please keep in mind that the bathrooms have "Turkish" style toilets.

1  Thank Alan-in-Honolulu
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Reviewed 3 October 2014

Imagine a shopping center with floors and floors of knock off goods. Different floors have different types of goods. Imagine a floor of electronics. A floor of handbags or a floor of watches. The shopkeeper are all competing for your attention and ready to bargain with you. Hint start at about 10% of the offering price and don't go too high. Next door there will be the same item if you do not get it at the first place. Some of these stores even have back rooms where they will show you better stuff. It is walking distance from the Fairmont Beijing.

1  Thank MLK2000
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Reviewed 1 October 2014

Recently we traveled to Beijing and visited the Silk Market. We've been previously. It's brightly lit and clean with attractive glass fronted shops.

As foreign visitors we stick out, so they know "we're not from around here." I think the shop keepers spot an attractive item you already own (watch, purse) and call out to you, inviting you into their store to look at similar items. This takes some getting used to.

When people call out to you, the smartest strategy is to look straight ahead, ignore them and keep walking. This is difficult because it's human nature to engage someone who asks you a question.

We've been to Beijing three times over the past 18 months. Each trip, we usually make multiple visits to the market during our stay. On our first visit we met Miki, a nice young lady who now works at July Shop, which is store B-1060, located on the basement level. The shop specializes in handbags and purses. We feel they have been fairly priced over the years and the quality is good. We keep going back.

FYI – We have found meeting people and building relationships at hotels, restaurants and shops in foreign countries makes sense. We learn more about the culture and have friendly faces to visit if we can plan another trip.

The major problem you will likely have at the Silk Market is getting a cab back to your hotel. We've had cab drivers who haggle over fares. We've had a fellow with a tricky taxi meter than ran the fare up to three times what it should have been. We had luck at a taxi stand inside the Silk Market parking area. Considering the 3 or 4 cab rides we caught from there, only one overcharged. It was the tricky meter guy.

The Silk Market is worth a visit.

3  Thank Bryce S
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Reviewed 27 September 2014

This is a pleasant shopping centre that has nicely laid out stalls (basement) and shops (upper floors). You will find plenty of fashion and accessories; mostly fakes (especially in the basement). Your bargaining skills and patience are required to haggle with the sales assistants; some of whom can be very aggressive in their touting. An enjoyable experience overall. First you have to say the lowest price, remember these are fakes. If the seller start to haggle with you, than you will get a low price, if she doesn't follow you, than you give the lowest price! Be patient, and haggle, haggle, haggle!

1  Thank Attila F
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Reviewed 26 September 2014

We tried both this and the Pearl Market. The disappointing thing about the Silk Market in comparison to me was that the Silk Market now has glass cubicles being built- the downlights make it shockingly hot for me, and I didn't find the dealing to be as easy as the Pearl Market. (I think it would be because the traders at the Silk Market may have to meet higher rents due to the makeover) But if this is the only one you get to, don't worry- the bargaining is still there, and you can still have a lot of fun. I loved the good nature of most of the traders- after the deal was done, they would still chat about what a fabulous bargainer you were! While a few traders wouldn't take our offer (and no offense taken, as it's their choice and we respected that) most of them dealt just the same as at the Pearl. But there were a few things we were hoping to get at the Silk that weren't there. Only as my personal advice, if you can choose, go to the Pearl, but if you are limited to only the Silk, you will still have a great fun time- my teenage son was rapt with the bargains he got for himself!

2  Thank centralvic
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