We hated this place. We were really expecting some good bargains/deals seeing as everything is knock-offs and fakes, but we found the prices pretty expensive for the products offered, and found it to be more expensive than back home in Canada even. We also found that they were unwilling to barter. Bartering in China is not typically the norm, having already travelled extensively throughout other areas of China (including rural), however we were told that in the Silk Market it was acceptable to barter and it would get us some deals. Well we were wrong, bartering didn’t get us any real deals, and we left without purchasing anything. We were interested in purchasing a mahjong set from a woman, and her version of giving us a deal was lowering the price but in exchange would only give us half the amount of mahjong tiles. Seriously? Who wants a mahjong set with half the tiles???
We also didn’t enjoy the high pressure sales and a lot of the sales people were quite rude and would make you feel guilty for not buying something that you touched/looked at. We have travelled extensively to other places where there is bartering and high pressure environments (so we have experience in this kind of environment), but nothing even comes close to how they treated you here. Very unpleasant, and I would recommend going to independent shops or markets to purchase items/souvenirs instead of the silk market.
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