Walking down the street of Chaowai Shichang feels like travelling through space. Cyrillic script, bleached Caucasians women in way too tight clothes and Russian words, even the Chinese vendors speak to you in Russian. You have entered the area of the Russian markets. Since the time of communism, the people of the red states could only visit each other, so in every red capital (Beijing, Phnom Penh, Hanoi,...) so-called Russian markets sprung up to cater for the Russian tourists. Today, the Beijing version has expanded to more than just a market, it is now a collection of malls filled with what Russians apparently want. Anything made of fur, with high heels, or that makes you look like a call girl can be found here. The shops are strangely hidden by curtains and posters of skimpily dressed Russian models, so window browsing is obviously not a big thing for the Russian customers. Go there for the weird factor.