Shopping 8 Xiushui E St JianWai DaJie, Chaoyang, Beijing Shi China 100600 Published on: 08-08-2016
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Why The Silk Market (Xiushui) is special ?
Silk Street (also known as the Silk Market or Xiu Shui Jie in Chinese) is a prosperous shopping market in Beijing. The market started in 1980, and now the street accommodates over 1,000 retailers. With its growing popularity, it is now regarded as one of the symbols of Beijing together with the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and roast duck. Many foreign visitors, including some celebrities, enjoy Silk Street for shopping or having their clothes tailor-made. The former president of the US, George Bush, once went there with his daughter to buy some silk robes, and the wife of Jacques Rogge (8th President of the International Olympic Committee) also went there to buy traditional Chinese dough figurines.
The current Silk Street was rebuilt into a shopping mall and opened in 2005. It enlarged its scale of business, adding traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, trinkets and fine jewelry.
What to explore at The Silk Market (Xiushui)?
Opened on March 19, 2005, and replacing the old alley-based Xiushui Market, the current Silk Street establishment has diversified their business scope. In addition to selling fashion apparels and accessories such as hats, handbags, shoes, belts, sportswear and silk fabrics like their predecessor, the new Silk Street has introduced traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, table cloths, bed coverings, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, electronic gadgets, trinkets, and fine jewelry. Reputable establishments such as the Tongrentang Pharmacy, Quanjude Peking Roast Duck restaurant, and multi-national coffee and restaurant chains such as Lavazza, SPR Coffee, Caffe L'affare, Subway and TCBY have also joined Silk Street's bid to become the "ultimate one-stop tourist destination" in Beijing.
How to get to The Silk Market (Xiushui)?
Beijing Subway: Yong'anli Station on Line 1 has direct tunnel to the basement of Silk Street via Exit A.
Beijing bus routes: 1, 4, 9, 28, 37, 43, 120, 126, 205, 639, 640, 668, 673, 728, 729, 802, 810 (get off at Yonganli Stop)
- A definite attraction for sassy bargain hunters
- Worth the visit, good experience
- Street sales under a roof
- Bargaining is the way to go
- A High Energy Shopping Experience
8 Xiushui E St JianWai DaJie, Chaoyang, Beijing Shi China 100600
Tips for you
The Silk Market is ultra modern, it's a shopping complex which houses around 7 levels each devoted to a specific category eg: clothes, electronics. Each level contains around 10-20 glass framed 'stores' selling literally the same things but with different owners. One thing which sepeartes this mall from your average shopping centre is that you MUST haggle. The items are replicas of famous brands and you can find almost anything from fake Timberlands, to Gucci,Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Beats headphones,fake iphones, selfie sticks, Michael Kors watches to a foot massage. Be ware everything here is fake and the prices they offer are ridiculous. Do not be shy to haggle. If they say $600 for a pair of fake Nike shoes, give them $70, if they don't accept, walk out of the store. There's a 59.9% they'll call you back. Great as the products are almost 95% identical to the authentic brand name items.
Be prepared to haggle! The market has been done up in recent years, bathrooms are so much cleaner now and there is an massive food court. market looks more like a mall now, but prices have gone up.