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New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui)
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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.
Reviewed February 8, 2014

I should admit at the beginning that I'm not much of shopper, but what a difference 14 years make. In 1999, the Silk Market was an outdoor market and was just stalls and booths lined up along a street. I bought a ton of stuff there in 1999. Now, the charming outdoor market has been razed and it’s a brand new building with bright lights and 4 stories. We walked through, but just didn’t want to buy anything this time. I’m sure there is still a lot of the same merchandise, but all the charm is gone.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

The oldest market for foreigners, you need to bargain hard; the staff are well-trained to get your money/get the sale. They will do everything to reach their goals so buyer beware. And with the maddening crowds it's not a pleasant experience unless you 'wear your hard hat' and are prepared for the experience of a lifetime in shopping! And know that all the products are knock offs and the quality is not as good at Hong Qiao Markets. Read other reveiws that help you to judge what price you should be paying for things but remember there is very little if anything of 'the real deal' so that will help you to get a fair price.

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is bartering on an Olympic level. Bali is a church picnic compared to this. Grabbing you by the arm, not taking the calculator from you, it goes on. But you expect this before you enter the lions den so just be prepared. I am ok with the expectation that everything here is a knock off, no problem, got to say that the quality of the clothes and bags is very good and if it was sitting on the shelf of a main street store, I would accept as being the real deal. Paid around 180RMB for jumpers and Polo's, $35US for Michael Koors/Jimmy Choo (whatever they are) bags, 200RMB for North Face long sleeve windproof jacket, 80-100RMB for basketball tops, Adidas shirts. Just as we have been told the old wives tale of half the opening offer and somewhere just below that is good, well guess what, they know we have been told this and as a result the opening number is dead set on cocaine, starting at $100 and ending up at $15 is not uncommon. Advice, do a brisk lap first up, if other westerners are doing battle, see what you can learn, any westerner with purchases, ask them what they paid and finally, take in some bags with your own clothes so you look like you have been shopping your head off, we found the more we bought the less nonsense with the bartering involved. But, do it with a smile and enjoy it, make fun of it and the tension goes away, it should be fun, you are on holiday and you are shopping!!

2  Thank DennisMark23
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

This market is more extensive and organised than the Peral Market and would be my choice for clothes and similar.
Relentless haggling is the order of the day but only start this process if you wish to but although be very prepared to walk away if the price is not right. My guidance would be;
Basic T Shirts 25 RNB
Basic Designer Sweatshirts 80-120 RNB
Winter Designer Sweatshirts 150-200 RNB
Designer Casual Jackets 180-250 RNB

2  Thank Markadlz
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Although I thoroughly enjoyed my day shopping at this mega-shopping center, I discovered that 2 electronic items I had purchased were fakes and would not work when I got home. Thankfully I had charged them on a credit card, and after filing a dispute and supplying documentation to that effect, the charges were reversed. The clothes and jewelry purchases were great!

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