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.
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.
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Nearby subway station:
Exit B, Yonganli station, Line 1