When you realise that Silk Market, Yashow Market and HongQiao Market all have the same supplies, it's time to try out the locals' own shopping districts. This is where the inhabitants of Beijing gather to pick up their gear.
In the northern parts of the "Xidan Beidajie" street there are lots of small shops. The area also has several markets and malls. We know from experience that it's very possible to spend whole days here and still have ground left to cover. Start by visiting the Xidan Outdoor Market, which actually is largely indoors. The prices here can be very low and the supply of clothes and accessories is not too bad either. Then visit one of the larger markets east or north of this area and remember to always bargain, on Outdoor Market too.
If you are looking for more exclusive shopping, a good choice is Grand Pacific, located west of Xidan Beidajie.
Salespeople and atmosphere
Some salespeople know a few relevant phrases in English, but most of them don't.
Some of the markets can be very crowded on evenings and weekends.