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“Be prepared to bargain very hard”

Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)
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Private Tour: Pearl Market, Kung Fu Show, and Peking Duck Dinner
Ranked #41 of 1,609 things to do in Beijing
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Owner description: This is Beijing’s largest and most popular market for pearl jewelry (notably freshwater pearls), clothing and luggage.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Kilkenny, Ireland
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“Be prepared to bargain very hard”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Located just across the road from the Temple of Heaven, the Pearl Market is easy to find. A subway stop is only down the road (Line 5, Tiantandongmen)
This place is huge and not for the fainthearted or those in a rush. There are more stalls/shops than you can imagine and many of them are selling much the same stuff as the next one.
You should set yourself a limit as to how much you will spend and be prepared to walk away from a seller who is not reducing their requested price enough to meet what you are prepared to pay. What is any item worth?
I have heard 10% of the original asking price and also heard 25% and I suspect the answer lies somewhere in between these two figures. If you can agree a figure that you are happy to pay, and they are happy to accept, then a deal is made. Just remember you have the power to walk away, but the seller needs to make enough to cover costs.

Visited November 2012
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“Good Place & better stuff”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a good place to be for shopping. Its a 5 storey building and has everything from Pearls to clothes, shoes and bags.

Unlike Yashow which is primarily a clothing market Pearl market has everything under one roof : luggage, shoes, belts, watches, pens, leather stuff, electronics, clothes and of course Pearls. My experience has been extremely good. Visited twice in the last 14 days and is a fun place to be for bargains.

Sales girls speak English are not pushy and would not clamour you for deals. However they do become slightly edgy when you do not budge from your price and are driving a hard bargain. But that is their way of showing displeasure. Stick to your price and walk on. If you get a call from behind : the deal is yours. If not, try the next shop with a slightly higher price.

I bought Nike shoes for my daughter : 85RMB ( from 850)
Diesel shoes for myself : 100 RMB

However, if you are visiting Pearl Market on weekends there is another "street market" close by. Come out of Pearl Market and turn left to walk towards crossing of Temple of Heaven. From the crossing turn left. Walk for another 100-125 mts and on the opposite side of the road there would be street hawkers. These guys have better shoes and sports stuff - tracks, dry fit clothes, socks, inners, etc. The same Nike shoes - you can get them for 65 - 70 RMB

Visited November 2012
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Seoul, South Korea
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“Pearls”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

We learned a out pearls and how to tell if yours are real or not. Learned lots of info before being released to shop in the large pearl store. We did not buy anything, thought the selection and prices were not great. Staff spoke English.

Visited November 2012
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Point Roberts, Washington
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“Fun Shopping, Great Bargains - just know what you are buying!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This was a fun place to visit for bargains on branded products as well ans non-branded. The pearls were amazing and the other jewelry was a highlight. Do your homework and know how to understand the value of pearls (and know that many of the branded clothing products are not necesasrrily authentic). A definite fun time if you have an afternoon to kill in Beijing.

Visited November 2012
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“Getting More Expensive Every Time I Visit: The Rundown”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

With no lack of tourists coming to this location the prices don't go down, they go up.

Coming from countries with high a high VAT this place may be a bargain but you have to know what you are buying and what the price is before you even start to shop.

The location has been cleaned up and the exterior areas are finally completed with many international places to eat around the location. There is are some local food stalls located in the building.

This is the highest price and best quality market of the Silk and Yashow markets. The building is well lit and the stalls are divided mostly by plexiglass walls. This market's name comes from the variety of pearls sold here. There is a large area for jewelry but I suggest that if you don't understand anything about the quality of the product that you do not buy here.

Things to Know:

1. Unless they make a profit, they don't sell to you. Even if they say they don't make a profit but they sell to you then they made a profit. This is to make you think you were successful in bargaining.

2. The fat Chinese man or lady standing in the middle of the stall or in the walkway owns two or three booths. They usually cannot speak much English and give nods to the sales girls for the price agreement OK.

3.Pouting is a normal trick. All the girls pout. Please I make no money they say.

4.Knowing the numbers helps. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,100,1000 Phoenetically - Yi, Are,San,Sue, Wu,Leeyu,Shi, Ba,Jyo,Shu, Buy, Chien 200-AreBuy 300-SanBuy 2000 AreChien.
You can follow some local customers and overhear the local prices.

5.Most locals don't shop here. The prices are much too much overinflated. You many even see a large group of Chinese here but the real story is they are most likely from Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malaysia.

6.Be prepared to be touched. The vendors will try to grab you. If you look in their stall they will grab you or at the least start talking to you.

7.Take breaks. I can usually take about 2 hours here then I am completely burnt for the day. Don't forget to eat and keep hydrated. This is marathon shopping.

8.Know the price before you even start negotiating. Use your smartphone to look up a price and take half from that. Don't let the stall person start the price negotiating unless you really don't know the price. Minimum start negotiating price is 5% of their 100%. 15% is maximum you should pay. Never pay full price. This is quite cheap but you have no idea what the real prices here in China are where labour is bountiful in the rural factories.

9.There are no real brands in these markets, however if you ask quietly all will be shown to you. The Gucci, and YSL bags and watches magically appear. Some are good and some fall apart in the next month. If you don't how to tell then buyer beware. Watch the stitch on the clothing seems and the density of the stitch and the thickness of the material.

10. All taxi drivers know this place but many don't know the English name or even how to read the English name. HongQiao - "HongChow" 红桥市场

You can find deals and quality but you have to work for them.

Good luck!

Visited November 2012
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