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Are there some fabric markets better than others?
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Date: 4/10/11 3:23 AM

We are exploring the idea of visiting Hong Kong and Beijing
Apart from the regular attractions, I thought it would be interesting to visit some fabric markets too.

I have Googled "Fabric Markets" in both cities and found quite a few.

Can anyone recommend any market/s which would be the best to visit for current, nice quality fashion fabric ?

Cottons, rayons, knits and some synthetic mixes that are used in quality casual clothing.
My retired lifestyle doesn't require traditional silks or evening fabrics.

Thanks in advance

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Date: 4/10/11 4:24 AM

Mu Xi Yuan fabric market in Beijing was closed when I tried going there last year (right after Chinese New Year). There was an old article on Time Out Beijing but the link I had saved is no longer available. I have the actual GPS co-ordinates for Mu Xi Yuan, the info I got before my trip was outdated and the market had moved down the street: N39°50'51" E116°23'56".

I read that Mu Xi Yuan has cottons and silks but I can't vouch for quality.

Have you thought about visiting South Korea? I have a ton of info on fabric shopping here (Seoul has the biggest fabric market in the world).

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Date: 4/10/11 8:18 AM

Thank you for your reply minggiddylooloo

I have read your posts about the fabric market in South Korea and dream of visiting there, although hubby isn't sure what else there is to see and do in South Korea..some more Google searching

We haven't booked any flights and could possibly include South Korea on the itinerary. Flights would not be a problem.

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Date: 4/10/11 2:13 PM

Vonne, I went to Mu Xi Yuan last year in June. I got a couple of nice silks, but did not see any casual fabrics of good quality, only some knits which were awful.

That said, Mu Xi Yuan is very far flung, it was a hot day and I did not feel like spending hours walking around. I could easily have been in the wrong corner of the market and not seen the good stuff. 'Market' in this case means rows of shops with narrow streets in between and you need to do a lot of walking to get around.

I have heard that Tianjing, which is about 30 mins on the high speed train from Beijing, has a very good fabric market close to the station. I am in Europe atm and will be returning via Beijing at the beginning of May. I might go to Tianjing, but have not decided yet. I'll keep you posted if i find anything interesting.

BTW, the antique markets in Beijing are magic!

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Date: 4/10/11 2:22 PM

Also, Yashow market has fabrics on one of the top floors. I saw beautiful wools, silks and linens for reasonable prices, but not dirt cheap. Some wool/cashmere coatings which i thought were lovely, but I do not remember the prices. I was looking for silk or other knits and they did not have any.

They have some lovely cashmere RTW knits at this market, ground floor in the right corner from the entrance. I bought a pure cashmere cozy-type cardi wrap for $100. Cashmere knitted scarves from about $22, the knit wraps around $50.

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Date: 4/10/11 3:17 PM

frantic, thanks for this great information
I don't mind the walking either :)

Stop over in Beijing ? Are you flying with a Chinese airline?

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Date: 4/10/11 8:13 PM

Hi Vonne, I just posted about the 3 places in HK that I shop for fabric regularly so I will just copy and paste it here, hope it helps. If you want any more information or a personal shopping guide just shout!!

1) Sham Shui Po textile market - cheap as chips but you never know what is going to be there and you have to be prepared to rummage. Great fun, but not so good for evening fabrics or when you are looking for something in particular.

2) Western Market in Sheung Wan - in particular a stall called Yau Fat, a mouthwatering selection of designer silks and far more stock than it seems possible for a small place to have. Relatively expensive, but fantastic quality.

3) Li Yuen St East in Central - sort of a middle ground between the above two. Since I last visited they have completely reorganised their shop and now they only have one floor but a huge number of their fabrics are now displayed as 1/2 yard cuts on hangers so browsing is much easier and although there is half the retail space there seems to be twice as much stock

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Date: 4/10/11 10:34 PM

Bookmarking these places, they sound great Allie
I always love your garments and the fabrics you use.

Thanks so much for your reply

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Date: 4/11/11 2:16 AM

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Stop over in Beijing ? Are you flying with a Chinese airline?


Yes, flying China Air. The luggage allowance was 30kg last time (major attraction), although this year it is only 20kg according to my ticket. Still, they are fairly relaxed. I had 34kg flying out of Beijing and didn't have to pay. You've got to love an airline like that!

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Date: 7/8/11 9:38 AM

Hi Allie in Hong Kong,
I happened to be on a conference in Hong Kong last week and in my little free time I went to the shops. you recommended The Western Market indeed had gorgeous (expensive, sigh) fabrics and I couldn't help buying 2 pieces of shirting for my husband. I went back twice but finally didn't dare buying expensive, gorgeous silk, because I don't trust my fitting skills enough for such gorgeous fabric. Fu Lee in the Li Yuen Street has an amazing choice of fabrics from ugly to great. I bought a red linen there, very reasonably priced. Sham Shui Po was so much fun. Just seeing these shops with zillions of samples was worth the trip and I found a blue maybe linen-cotton mix (?) that I liked in the stalls in front of the shops and so incredibly cheap.
Thank you again for your shop descriptions. You made me really happy! If you ever come to Tokyo, I would be glad to tell you about the fabric shops here.

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