Manali had been informed on excellent authority (her Mum), that one must visit the Silk Street Market in Beijing. Manali’s Mother had organized a trip to the city within the previous year, and had a blast taking in the branded loot by the boat load at criminal prices. Based on this sound advice, we ferried ourselves over twice during our stay in Beijing. The first trip was really only to get an understanding of what it was all about and laugh ourselves to death.

Manali trying on some jeans in the makeshift changing room, which happened to be a sheet pulled across a corner of the stall.
Manali trying on some jeans in the makeshift changing room, which happened to be a sheet pulled across a corner of the stall.

The Silk Street Market boasts that it houses 48 counterfeit brands, and the folks certainly know how to sell. They are a bit aggressive if nothing else, and leave you laughing and smiling, at least initially at their unconstrained enthusiasm to “give you best friend price” for the “very best quality”. They are very sly at their emotional selling as well. All the sales people happen to be female, and this is very intentional. They flirt, flatter and grab their way into your pocket book, and seem to have a good time doing it. You get a good idea about how they can sell to men, and they can only get away with what they do to women, because they are female. Can you imagine some guy grabbing the arm of your wife or girlfriend?

There are probably times where one can get a little annoyed, with all the grabbing and arm holding in particular. They literally hold onto you so you can’t walk away! After the first 20 times, and when you get to the point where you really don’t want to buy anything, this can get a little old. We had a great time though, and love to bargain, so it was right up our alley.

A sample of some of the brands you can buy at Silk Street Market.
A sample of some of the brands you can buy at Silk Street Market.

There are a bunch of tourist oriented eateries around the area, so if you find it difficult to find decent food in China, this is a good place to get a decent fill.

The market is very conveniently located directly next to the Yong’Anli metro stop on Line 1, so definitely check it out when you’re in the area next!  Makes great holiday gifts for your friends and family!

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