|Silk Street, Beijing|
Silk Street (also known as the Silk Market or Xiu Shui Jie in Chinese) is a prosperous shopping market in Beijing, located at No. 8 East Xiushui Street, Chaoyang District. The market started in 1980, and now the street accommodates over 1,000 retailers. With its growing popularity, it is now regarded as one of the symbols of Beijing together with the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and roast duck. Many foreign visitors, including some celebrities, enjoy Silk Street for shopping or having their clothes tailor-made. The former president of the US, George Bush, once went there with his daughter to buy some silk robes, and the wife of Jacques Rogge (8th President of the International Olympic Committee) also went there to buy traditional Chinese dough figurines.
The current Silk Street was rebuilt into a shopping mall and opened in 2005. It enlarged its scale of business, adding traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, trinkets and fine jewelry.
Office Area, Tongrentang Pharmacy, Food Area (Patio Pizza, Zheng Yi Yuan Restaurant...)
International Jewelry Exchange Centre, Boutiques, Huaxia Bank, Supermarket, Teahouse
Jewelries, Jade Articles, Antiques, Calligraphy and Paintings, Tea, Porcelain, Folk Handicrafts, Rugs, Cosmetics, Watches, Glasses, Stationery, Outdoor Supplies, Electrical Appliances, Digital Products, CDs/DVDs, Nail Salon, Foot Massage
|3F||Tailor’s Shop, Scarves, Ties, Chinese Clothing, Pajamas, Silk Bedding, Children's Wear, Toys, Silk Carpets, Nail Salon, Foot Massage, ATM|
|2F||Clothes, Boutique Corridor, Bedding, Nail Salon, Foot Massage, Money Exchange, ATM|
|1F||Clothes, Cafes, Information Desk, ATM|
|B1||Suitcases & Bags, Shoes, Hats, Leatherwear, CDs/DVDs, Electronics Maintainence, Gift Packing, KFC, Money Exchange|
|B2||Office Area, Post Office, Food Area|
|B3||Parking Lot|Xiushui Street
As well as silk, other traditional Chinese articles like tea, porcelain, Chinese paintings and calligraphy, Chinese jade, etc. are available on the fourth floor. Some specialty Chinese skills can be found on this floor, such as palm painting.
If you want to enjoy shopping in the ultimate Chinese style, the first and the second floors cannot be missed. On these two floors, one can bargain freely in the Boutique Corridor. Here are some tips to consider when you shop there:
1. The most basic and important skill here is being able to bargain. You do not have to feel shy or embarrassed when you bargain with the sellers. It is part of everyday life in China, so you can try your best to cut the price by 10% to 30% of their offer.
2. You should be aware that almost all the world famous goods brands here are imitations, because a local and international reputation is gained for selling counterfeit luxury designer brands at relatively low prices. You can buy something very worthy if you like.
3. Remember to go to different shops to ask the prices of the items you want to buy. In this way, you can buy your items at the lowest price. Meanwhile, remember to check the quality carefully and ask for better ones, if the products are not perfect.
4. When you buy electronic products in the market, be careful to check the quality. However, if you prefer to pay attention to the shape instead of the quality, you can buy anything you like without hesitation. But remember to bargain no matter what kind of article you buy.
There are both good restaurants and small eateries in the market, so you can have a rest and get refreshed when you are tired. Reputable establishments such as the Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, and some famous coffee and restaurant chains such as Lavazza, SPR Coffee, and Subway all have shops inside the building. Have an exciting time!
Bargain for Shopping
1, 4, 9, 28, 37, 43, 120, 126, 205, 639, 640, 668, 673, 728, 729, 802, 810 (get off at Yonganli Stop)
Line 1 (get off at Yonganli Stop)
Opening hour: 9:30 ~ 21:00
Other Famous Commercial Centers in Beijing:
Xidan Commercial Street
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Other Pedestrian Streets
Related Tour including the visit to Xiushui:
Beijing One Day Tour: Xiushui Market - Hongqiao Pearl Market - Cloisonne Market