Silk Market

Silk Market in Beijing

Beijing Silk Market

Situated in the CBD, the Silk Market (also called Xiushui Market or Silk Street) has a total floorspace of 28,000 square meters and 1,500 stalls. Commodities mainly sold in the Silk Market include shoes, bags and cases, leather goods, famous brands, casual wear, fashion clothing, western accesories, sports leisure attire, knitted clothing, kid's clothing, ties, silk handkerchiefs, silk wax printings, hand-crafted table cloths, handicrafts, jewelry, antiques, calligraphy and paintings, Beijing roast duck and locals snacks.

Despite its name, the Silk Market offers much more than just silk. The Chinese silk products in this market are relatively inexpensive and therefore are very popular. In addition, there are also cashmere garments, down jackets, leather goods, shoes, hats, watches, handicrafts and trinkets sold here. If you are tall or wear larger sizes, the Silk Market is the best place to buy clothes and shoes. There is a newly opened pearl store on the fifth floor that sells quzlity pearls at reasonal prices.

Silk Market in Beijing

Former US President at Beijing Silk Market

One of the main lures of the market is the fact that none of the prices are set, all prices are reached through bargaining. If you are a proficient bargainer, then you can get great deals on all kinds of clothing, but if you are soft-hearted and don't like confrontation, then you may end up paying more than most. It is often helpful to bring along a Chinese friend who can help you bargain, often the starting price will be lower for a local than it is for a foreign face.

Shopping Tips in Silk Market

Silk Market is becoming a shopping paradise for foreign visitors in Beijing. This foreigners-must-go place is a big shopping center located in CBD area Beijing. It accommodates over 1,700 retail vendors offering wide selection on Chinese silks, jeans, trousers, scarves, jackets, shirts, watches, bedding covers, carpets, electronic gadgets, trinkets, and fine jewelry etc. The market is famous for selling counterfeit luxury designer brands with very high qualities at rather low prices.

Silk Market in Beijing

Beijing Silk Market

The shopping experience in Silk Market for most foreign visitors might be the same: dizzying fine Chinese products, aggressive sales girls and surprising low price. This is the place for showing your bargaining skills, and the bargaining experience here may be the most impressive one for most foreign visitors I believe. So those who want to go shopping in Silk Market should be prepared and make sure to bargain with the shop owners and sales girls.

How to get there

Address: No.8 East Xiushui Street, Chaoyang District
Tel: 86-10- 51699003
Website: http://www.silkstreet.cc/
Business hours: 9:30am-9:00pm