Xiushui Street

Xiushui Street

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Despite its name, the Silk Market has much more than just silk. The Chinese silk products in the market are cheap, but good quality and therefore popular, but there are also lots of cashmere garments, down jackets, leather goods, shoes, hats, watches and some handicrafts. The Silk market basically consist of a long, narrow street (Xiushui Street) crammed with hundreds of stalls. One of the main thing about the market is the fact that none of the prices is set. It all depends on your bargaining skills. 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 get taken for a ride. It is often helpful to bring along Chinese friend who can help you bargain. The way to do it is, look around at all of the stuff and point out to your friends which item you like, without letting the seller know. Then let the Chinese friend go back and bargain for you. Of course not all Chinese all good bargainers, but at least if they go, the starting price is will often be lower than it is for foreign face. Sometimes the starting price is the same, but the lowest the seller will go will be lower for the Chinese person. If you’re a tall person the Silk Market is the best place for you to buy clothes and shoes. Usually the shopping plazas and super-stores do not have really large size. If you are size 12 shoes size or larger, then the only place to really go is to the Silk market! The silk and cashmere goods are also much cheaper than they would be in other stores or in the other countries. These items make great gifts for friends back home, especially the silk Mickey Mouse boxer shorts that you can’t get away from. Most of the sellers speak a little English, so you can communicate with these people. It is one of the most popular street in this Capital City that foreigners either living in Beijing or just tourists would like to go.

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