Xiushui Silk Street in Beijing

"Xiushui Jie" - "Silk Street." There used to be a street called Xiushui, which became known for stalls peddling clothes, but now there stands a building that bears that old name. Inside, however, the business is roughly the same, with hundreds of small shops or stands that sell clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, handicrafts and antiques. Many of the shoppers are foreigners who come here to buy, either wholesale or in small quantities. The street is located on Jianguomenwai Dajie ("the avenue outside Jianguo Gate"), which is two or three subway stops east of the Tiananmen Square.