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“Skip the silk market and come here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yashow Market

Yashow Market
No.58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
010-64151726
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Ranked #16 of 267 shopping in Beijing
Type: Shops
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Skip the silk market and come here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This place has all the same stuff as the silk market, but has a MUCH better atmosphere. This is the market that foreigners who live in china go to, where as the silk market is purely for tourists. The prices are better here and it is less drama with the haggling. We went to both and I strongly recommend this market over the other one. Beware that the taxi drivers outside this market will try to rip you off, so perhaps found out if any busses go from there to your hotel instead of trying to take a taxi. Note: if you a a kind haggler, your have a nicer experience.

Visited May 2013
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“Armani Handbag for $25 - No Problem!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This multi story no frills building is crammed with sellers and stalls. I think of it as the equivalent of 10 imitation Macy's stuffed into one structure. You can buy any article of clothing here - as long as you don't wear a western size XL! Aggressive bargaining is essential - if you don't like to do it, you won't like this place! Pick out your favorite counterfeit designer brand wrist watch, shirt, ski coat, sweater, gloves, etc and prepare to bargain like mad. I've paid $40 or $10 for the same pair of fake Nike shoes - simply based on my bargaining experience. Prices ALWAYS go down when you start to walk away from the stall.

There are also custom tailors upstairs but you must provide size clothing samples, or you may find yourself with a custom suit that is too tight to button!!

This is not a place for relaxation or to get away from the crowds. Sensory overload adrenalin rush! I can only take one hour there max, but this is the place to go!!

Visited May 2013
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“Decent clothing when time is short”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

My wife and I found several items of decent, inexpensive clothing here for ourselves and our child in a few hours, which is better success than we ever had at Silk Market. To me, the downside of Yashow wasn't just the time lost haggling but also the high overlap of inventory from store to store. Over the course of our 16-day stay of Beijing, we eventually stumbled into other stores with similar prices but better inventory, in terms of quality and refinement. Of course, most travelers don't have 16 days to spend in Beijing. So maybe the best strategy would be this: make a beeline to Yashow early in your stay, but don't buy unless you love the item; then, if you don't see better things during your stay, return to Yashow again before you leave.

Visited April 2013
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“Hold on to your wallet - you're going to want to spend it all!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Before you visit Yashow Market, learn to say tay-quay-la (too much), and can can (just looking). We visited Yashow on our second day of travels in Beijing. We bought a lot - electronics, software, clothing, souveniers, etc. Always check to ensure the electronics works before purchasing - they are very happy to try it all out. And, check the software to make sure it's the version you want (we ended up with Spanish/Spain version of MS Office 2011). Also, bargain, bargain, bargain. If they say they want 1000, offer them 300. You'll end up purchasing for about 1/3 of original price, generally. If you offer way too low, they will stop negotiating. It's fun to see what you can get and for how much. But, it can be tiring and gets really annoying - "Lady, come look"...

Visited April 2013
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Beijing, China
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“Be prepared to barter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

As an expat in Beijing, market shopping is always useful and can be good fun. Here are a few tricks to make sure I get the best deal.

Tip #1. Learn some basic mandarin. Learning things like numbers and "how much" and this is expensive can automatically lower the starting price. It makes it less obvious you are a tourist and they give best deals to those who live here.
Tip #2. Take their starting price and divide it by 10. Do not move, you need to be ruthless and although they will say "lady/sir this price impossible". It isn't. If they still don't budge this leads me to my next tip..
Tip #3. Walk away. There are so many stalls trying to make cash, and walking away they 9/10 are likely to say "ok ok ok ok" and do the deal.
Tip #4. Be prepared to lose to gain. As Yashow is becoming more popular, the stalls people are becoming a bit tighter. I they don't budge, walk away and you'll find another stall that will do it for the price you want.
Lastly tip #5. Banter, barter, banter. The people are good fun in Yashow and do like to have a laugh. Bantering with the people can also make them like you and you will easily get the price you want!

I hope my tips help anyone planning to visit and remember don't be ripped off....rip off!

Visited April 2013
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