Beijing's Silk Street Market is one of the capital's most beloved tourist destinations, but it's not for its silk. It's for the knock offs the LV purses, Dolce Gabbana dresses, Tommy Bahama shirts, Ugg boots.
A few weeks before the Olympics began, Chinese police swept through the streets and said that this time they were serious about intellectual property violations. Shops filled with pirated DVD were shut down and vendors were forced to remove fake items with big name labels from shelves. Places like the Silk Street market, which was already suffering from a slowdown in tourists Cheap UGG Boots 5815 Black because of new visa restrictions, seemed doomed.
In a turn of events that is making shoppers gleeful but is likely infuriating the companies that make these items, there was little evidence of that cleanup effort on Thursday. In fact, it looked like there was even more fake stuff than ever before.
China is so proud of the market that it has assigned a reporter from the state run CCTV news station to "Silk Street Watch."