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“Most of stuff is crap, a few bargins can be had” 3 of 5 stars
Review of New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui)

New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui)
No.8 Xiushui East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600, China
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Ranked #25 of 266 Shopping in Beijing
Type: Shops, Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
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Owner description: In addition to a wide variety of silk products, this popular market offers cashmere garments, leather goods, shoes, watches and traditional handicrafts.
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“Most of stuff is crap, a few bargins can be had”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

If you are looking for cheap souvenirs to bring home, then yes, you can find them here. As others have said, the bargaining is the key and the starting prices are generally through the roof. That being said, if you have the time you can get a few bargains. I have bought prescription eyewear here (recommend Doreens on 4th floor). I would not buy my day-to-day glasses here, but if you want to get a back-up pair of faux designer glasses you can get them from between $25 - $80 depending on frames, lens type, etc. Quick service and can read your glasses to find prescription strength. For men's tailor's, all are hit or miss. I have used Tony's on 3rd floor. If you get simple cuts, you can get an OK suit for around $80-$110- be prepared to have it altered again as it will not be right when you pick it up, it might even take 2 fittings - so don't even think about it unless you have 3 days in Beijing. Their top coats are a better bet as fit doesn't need to be quite so tailored. If you want no-name leather goods, you can come out ok. The "designer" stuff is generally crap. If you can get if for $10- $20 then it might be worth the gamble. It may last a month, a year, or more. They are aggressive, but laugh it off and remember you don't have to buy anything. They will touch you, but if it feels like grabbing just tell them and they will back off. Be prepared to spend some time.

Visited August 2013
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The renovation of the old silk market. Has made it feel like less of a market than before. Now we have glass cubicles that makes little shops. The merchandise is still the same quality, my wife bought a "silk" overcoat. Inside the label said
65%cotton, 35% polyester. The coat still feeled nice and she paid around 25% of the asking price. Not a bad buy. It is very easy to get caught in these "shops". There were not very many people there, making the sales stAff more desperate to
Make a sale Do not forget to have fun.

Visited August 2013
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“Fun but dont except to buy anything”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I was surprised at how empty it was both days we visited considering it was mid summer. The vendors try to get you in the door. But if you like what you see, look from the door to avoid unnecessary BS with the vendor. We seen "abercrombie " t-shirts (horrible quality but the real ones can be brought from the actual factory somewhere in china). The vendor said 200 rmbs and we said no thanks and walked off. Immediately they said 20RMB when we were walking away and then 15RMB. If you dont like bargaining show strong dislike and walk off. Except them to knock 90% off and then knock another 5% off.

When buying bags, there appears to be the horrible fakes and then the flawless knock offs. If you want fun offer them about 50 RMB for the flawless ones and they go insane. The security guards keep a good eye on westerners and I never felt unsafe.

But the selection of goods was poor. Why pay the equivalent for €10 for horrible poor quality fake shoes when you can buy the real things for €33 in TK MAXX?

Visited July 2013
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“Tons of Fun! Watch out for counterfeit money though!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I visited both Silk Market and Pearl Market and found Silk Market to carry a far larger variety of goods as well as better quality. Definitely recommend this market for female shoppers as there are TONS of choices in all types of clothing which I personally have never seen anywhere else. Be prepared to bargain hard! I'd start at 10-15% of their asking price and no more than that. It may seem unusual at first but don 't be discouraged if they first ask for asking prices around a thousand or even two thousand Yuan. It's all part of the games. Keep the mood light and although it will be an intense experience, it's supposed to be fun! Don't take any of their remarks too seriously as you around bound to hear a lot of "Are you crazy?" and "What are you? Drunk?" remarks when they ask you for your price. Be persistent, and trust me- they will come down to your asking price. Pay what you think the product is worth. As far as clothes go, everything I bought is quality material and beautifully made so bear that in mind. Don't go into the market expecting to pay dirt cheap prices. It's still a great deal though.

**IMPORTANT** Do NOT get any currency exchanged from anywhere other than a trusted bank or an ATM machine. China has a huge counterfeit money problem and I was scammed at Silk Market when one of the saleswomen gave me 300 Yuan which I soon learned was counterfeit after angry taxidrivers and numerous other people told me. Check your 100 RMB notes! Any one of the sales ladies there will tell you how to tell if it's fake or feel free to ask any of the staff in the hotel you're staying at.

Visited August 2013
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“Really enjoyed the experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Several storeys of clothes, scarves, silk nighties, gloves/hats, fake brand stuff,etc. You need the whole day to shop around here and plenty of energy to haggle like crazy. If they say a price, laugh at them and reduce it by 90% and that's the price you should be paying. If you like something, don't show it to them, pretend like you are not bothered whether you buy it or not, then only they will drop the price massively. Take plenty of cash with you

Visited December 2012
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