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Silk Street (Xiushui Street)

Updated:2008-06-05 08:48 | Source:

  Chinese name: 秀水街(xìu shuǐ jiē)

  Silk Street lies in Xiushuidong Jie (East Xiushui Street) off Jianguomenwai Dajie, near the US Embassy. There are about 300 stores crowded in the 1 li (547 yards) long street. Bargaining is an eternal theme in Xiushui Street. It is a favorite place for bargains and is frequented by the resident foreigners in Beijing. Whatever you wish to buy, be it bags, shoes, handicrafts or sweaters, you may haggle enthusiastically with the shopkeepers for the best price. Most of the shop keepers can speak a little simple English. It is interesting to see them holding a calculator, discussing the price with a foreigner in their broken English.

  Apart from that, a silk street about 100 meters (109 yards) long and a silk museum has been built recently on the third floor of Xiushui Market. 18 long established shops, serving high quality silk, have located here, including Ruifuxiang, Shengxifu and Neiliansheng. You can also experience the traditional procedure of making silk in the Silk Museum to know the Chinese silk culture better.

  Bus Route: 1, 4, 9, 28, 37, 43, 120, 126, 205, 639, 640, 668, 673, 728, 729, 802, 810 (get off at Yonganli Stop)

  Subway: Line 1 (get off at Yonganli Stop)


Editor : Zhu Jia

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