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Silk Market, Beijing

Silk Market, Beijing (must see)

Tourists visiting Beijing rarely go back without shopping at the famous Beijing Silk Market. This market is very unique and exudes a purely Chinese ambiance. The atmosphere here is vibrant with enthusiastic, voracious and persistent salesmen trying to surpass each other in selling their goods.

The Silk Market has been in existence for the past 26 years. Originally, it started as a street market selling cheesy souvenirs and fake luxury goods. The current market was constructed in 2005 after the old market was demolished. The current market covers a total area of over 30,000 square meters. At least 3000 people sell goods from 1,600 shops and stalls.

On the 1st and 2nd floors, you will find women’s and men’s clothing. The ground floor is exclusively for foreigners and the 3rd floor is filled with shops selling children’s clothing, carpets and bedding.

The 4th floor has shops that sell jewelry, electronics, watches, crafts and toys. The 5th floor is full of jewelry shops. If you can afford it and have a penchant for attractive jewelry, you will really enjoy browsing around. Do not forget to visit the basement where you will find a variety of hats, suitcases, leather gear and shoes.

Tip:
If you need good quality, prescription eyeglasses made quickly and well-priced, this is the place. If you go early enough, your glasses will be ready in a few hours!
Otherwise, try purchasing something that you like, at a price that seems fair to you, but do prepare for loud & pushy sellers and make sure you thoroughly inspect whatever it is you are buying.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-9pm

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Sight Name: Silk Market
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Shopping

Walking Tours in Beijing, China

Create Your Own Walk in Beijing

Create Your Own Walk in Beijing

Creating your own self-guided walk in Beijing is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Beijing City Center Walk

Beijing City Center Walk

Beijing has been a political, educational, cultural and economic center for centuries. Today, it is one of the greatest remnants of the Chinese Imperial past. Along with its famous City Wall and Forbidden City, this sightseeing tour will guide you through Beijing's most popular attractions in the heart of the city:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing

Walking Tour: Olympic Park, Beijing

Olympic Park was built in Beijing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008. This complex of modern buildings boasts a unique architectural approach compared to the more traditional builings that fill the city. A multicolored rainbow illuminates the park, making it the perfect place for an evening walk. Take the following tour to discover the unique buildings of Olympic Park that represent...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Walking Tour: Beijing Temples

Walking Tour: Beijing Temples

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.4 Km or 5.8 Miles
Shopping in North Beijing

Shopping in North Beijing

Northern Beijing is home to the famous historic Shichahai area. This picturesque area between Forbidden City and Olympic Park consists of three lakes, the Confucius and Lama Temples and is a great illustration of a traditional Chinese district. Check out the most popular shopping places in North Beijing in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Self-guided Tour: Places of Worship, South-West Beijing

Self-guided Tour: Places of Worship, South-West Beijing

Beijing’s places of worship are some of the best links to the city's history. The unique churches, Buddhist and Taoist Temples, and beautiful Muslim Mosques all tell great tales of the history of Beijing. Many of them have been partially or completely destroyed over the years either structurally by wars, or internally by the changes of political power. Visit the most beautiful places of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles
Beijing Museums and Art Galleries

Beijing Museums and Art Galleries

Beijing is the political and cultural center of China. The museums in this wonderful city will impress you not only with their beauty and fascinating collections, but also with the stunning architecure of the buildings the museums are housed in. Take the following tour to discover the most popular museums in Beijing and to find out more about the city's history, traditions and culture.

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 Km or 6 Miles

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