Shopping in Beijing

There are so many  souvenirs to buy in Beijing to show the authentic China culture, here are some best ones that visitors can not miss buying while travelling in China.

Peking Glass Painting Snuff Bottle(Bi Yan Hu)

The Peking glass painting snuff bottles are a traditional Chinese handicraft with a historySnuff Bottle Painting.jpg of about 200 years. They are popular in China and abroad for their unique workmanship and exquisite artistry. The snuff bottles are made of special materials, such as jade, and have a unique shape. Ones painted on the inside are particularly famous and admired by collectors. They are also called reverse painted due to the technique.

Most of the paintings inside the bottles are Chinese style, with vivid pictures, simple colors, and elegant layouts, giving them a great collection value.

Here is a recommendation of where to buy: AIKA International Collections Exchange Market , located No. 31 West Road North Third Ring, Haidian District, Beijing (北京市海淀

Eight Treasures Inkpad 

Inkpad.jpgThe famous Eight Treasures inkpad was invented in 1683 and made by the Zhangzhou Stationery Factory. It is known for bright, unfading colors and very clear, fire and sunlight proof prints. It has a variety of usages, including signing important contracts and historical records. It is also a must-have for painters and calligraphers.

The Eight Treasures Inkpad is made from musk, plum, cinnabar, vermillion hue, natural jade, and special oils. The entire process consists of around 30 stages, and maturing takes 6-10 months before the inkpad is finished.

Here is a recommendation of where to buy: Beijing Glass Ancient Culture Street, located at South Side of Peace Gate Xuanwu District Beijing.

Beijing Dough Toys

The Beijing Dough Toy is a traditional Chinese folk handicraft, which  is made of wheat Dough painting.jpgand sweet rice flour, and with a small bamboo knife the artist shapes the dough skillfully into people and animals in a short time. Among the figures are beautiful princesses, adorable children, and various historical people.

The dough toys are small, making them one of the best souvenirs. As it is an ancient handicraft, tourists can find them at temple fairs during the Spring Festival.

Here is a recommendation of where to buy: Ancient Beijing Street ,located at Floor B1, New Dong'an Market, No.138, Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing.

Blue Glaze Cloisonné

Famous blue glaze cloisonné is a unique traditional handicraft of Beijing, the origin of this type of cloisonné. It can be traced back to the Yuan Dynasty about 1,000 years ago, and became popular during the Ming Dynasty.

It can be said that the blue glaze cloisonné is a collection of all traditional Chinese handicrafts, as one piece represents copper, porcelain, and traditional painting and sculpture arts.Products range from temple tablets, hall screens, and chairs to chopsticks, earrings, and toothpick holders.

Here is a recommendation of where to buy: Enamel Factory, located at No. 10, Anlelin Road, Chongwen District.

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