Jianguomen area along the eastward continuation of Beijing’s main thoroughfare of Chang’an Avenue known as Jianguomen is a popular and busy shopping and business district .Five-hundred meters east of Jianguomen subway station is the Friendship Store with Scitech Plaza across the avenue. Silk Alley (Xiushui Market) is farther east towards the China World Trade Center.
Some people may lament that the original Silk Alley-once primarily a place for its namesake product-has been torn down. The new location of the Silk Market, or Xiushui Jie, is a four-story building called ‘Silk Street’, which sells the same’ things originally found in Silk Alley, including designer clothing of dubious origin. The name of the game here is inspect, inspect, inspect, and bargain, bargain, bargain. For anyone who still believes that China is a communist country in anything more than name, a morning or afternoon here will change that. Languages that may be heard include Chinese, English, Japanese, French, German, and Russian. Anything that can’t be expressed verbally will be clone using numbers on paper, calculators, and with fingers. Didn’t bring enough local currency? No problem, most currencies are likely accepted by vendors.
Many of the products here are indeed rakes. Some are authentic products that “fell off the truck” and ended up here. 0thers are factory rejects, which may be perfectly good except for some minor flaw that will be hardly noticeable. Be aware that customs agents in some countries will confiscate counterfeit goods if found, so buyers be warned.
How to decide? If you like the item, test it out. If it passes reasonable muster, then bargain to a point where price is in line with expectations for performance. If that doesn’t happen, walk away.