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
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Popular Markets in Beijing  

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