Liulichang in Beijing

09.24.13

Liulichang in BeijingLiulichang Cultural Street of Beijing is a famous street with a history of over centuries in downtown Beijing, which is known for traditional Chinese Stone dwelling houses selling diverse Chinese handicrafts, artistry, antiques, and most particularly, ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, and the scholar’s four treasures (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper). Liulichang is one of Beijing’s traditional old quarters, unsophisticated but elegant and still retaining its glamour just as it was in the old days. The quintessence of all the markets and the strong cultural backgrounds here attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every day.

The history of Liulichang can be traced back to Liao Period (907-1125) when it was a small village. And in Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), a kiln was established here focusing on making glazed tiles, which later became one of the official Five Kilns in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). When Ming rulers began to build their palaces in Beijing, a large number of the glazed materials were produced in this kiln. During the Jiajing period (1507-1567) when the government built the outer city, the kiln was relocated but the name Liulichang was passed down to this day.

In Qing Dynasty (1636-1911), most of Han officials were lived around Liulichang; soon, it became a gathering place for guilds of provinces and candidates from all parts of the country. Consequently, many famous book shops moved into this area; new bookstores and stationery shops also opened one after another. Before long, Liulichang had become the largest book fair in Beijing as well as the favorite haunt for scholars, painters and calligraphers. During the Republic of China (1912-1949), Liulichang was a popular pastime and treasure discovery site for scholars and celebrities.

Some original shops have been restored and the current Liulichang has been expanded to be a pedestrian street. It has a rich collection of Chinese folk arts and cultural products, tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty, carpets, vases, scrolls, chopsticks, silks, ancient shoes, Chinese kites, swords, walking sticks, door knockers, Buddhist statuaries, classical paintings, calligraphy, books, brushes, inks, etc. On Liulichang, some stores have remained unchanged since Qianlong Period in architectural style and business, while some established in modern time were also preserved; one of the most famed is the Rongbaozhai with a history of over 200 years. It now specializes in reproductions of Chinese paintings. Traditional teahouses, wine shops, and many restaurants also can be found on Liulichang Street.

To Unveil the Mystery of Liulichang

09.05.13

To Unveil the Mystery of LiulichangAre you fascinated and obsessed with Chinese antiques? If you are, then Liulichang Beijing will be just the spot for you. Let me give you some details about it.
Located near Hepingmen, Liulichang Beijing has long been known as the Antique market. Meanwhile it is also a famous cultural street in Beijing. Liulichang Beijing used to be the most flourishing cultural center in Beijing because back in Ming and Qing dynasties, a large number of scholars, painters and calligrapher used to hang out on Liulichang Beijing. By and by, this street’s name was wide spread among the people in Beijing. Along this street are lined with a series of time-honored shops and stores. These shops and stores deal in a wide variety of competitive products, like traditional craftworks and antiques and the like. On Liulichang Beijing tour, not only will you get a chance to feast your eyes on these goods but also can make a purchase. Here is a little heads-up: don’t rush to cut the deal with the seller even though you couldn’t move your eyes from your pick; don’t rush to ask the price and just act like you don’t think highly of it. Or else, you may pay more than what it’s worth. Browsing among the shops, you definitely will be dazzled by arrays of unique antiques and craftworks. These shops and goods have earned Liulichang Beijing a world-wide reputation.
In addition, touring around Liulichang Beijing, you will get to see a large number of old books, paintings and stationery and the like. Nowadays, these products are getting more and more popular among the tourists from overseas. Furthermore, there are also a wide variety of delicious cuisines available near Liulichang Beijing. On this tour, you will get a chance to give your stomach a feast of Chinese food. For example, the famous Quanjude Roasted Ducks and Korean barbecue are within easy access. Moreover, if you are not interested in the above-said, you may just enjoy a sightseeing tour on Liulichang Beijing. Believe me this street definitely will blow your mind with its unique structures and street views. What’s more, this street is within walking distance of many other places of interest in Beijing. Therefore, you can either do some shopping here after you visited those places or vice versa.
So now are you moved by the charms of Liulichang Beijing? Then wait no more! Come right away to enjoy an amazing Beijing tour.

Zhengyangmen (Zhengyang Gate) – Ancient Old Building in Beijing

04.07.13

ZhengyangmenIn Beijing there have some places that have been famous from the ancient time, one of them is Liulichang Beijing. Liulichang Beijing was a favorite haunt for scholars, painters and calligraphers in Ming and Qing times. They gathered there to write, compile and purchase books, as well as to paint and compose poetry. Today, Liulichang Beijing has known as the most famous cultural center where sell many antiques and paintings. Lot of tourists will visit Liulichang Beijing during their vacation to Beijing. For you who want to find some ancient and antique paintings or other cultural things then Liulichang Beijing is the best place to come.

Located not far from Liulichang Beijing, there has Qianmen or also called Zhengyang Gate. Built in 1421 during the Ming Dynasty, the gate is 42 meters high and seven bays wide. During Ming and Qing Dynasty, Zhengyang Gate was the gate only for emperors passing through Forbidden City to Inner City. Located not far from Liulichang Beijing, today only the city tower and the embrasure watchtower are in existence. The gate is also become Beijing’s antique city wall and already attracts lot of local people and even some tourists. Today, Zhengyang Gate remains one of the enduring symbols of old Beijing which located not far from Liulichang Beijing.

Zhengyang Gate comprises two parts: the city gate tower and watchtower. The total height of the watchtower with its platform is 38 meters, which makes the watchtower the highest one among its kinds in Beijing. On the first floor, there has an exhibition named Beijing in history introduces the folk customs of Beijing.

The other parts of Zhengyang Gate, the city tower sitting on a brick platform takes up 3,047 square meters. 1.2-meter-high eave walls are respectively on the north and south. The city tower is trimmed with grey pantiles and green glazed tiles in the double-eave and Xieshan style.

Doors can be found in four directions upstairs and downstairs. The tower is 36.7-meter wide, 16.5-meter deep and 27.3-meter high. The whole building is 42 meters in height, which makes the gate become the highest among all the gates in Beijing which close to Liulichang Beijing.

The main gateway of the gatehouse is aligned with Yongdingmen Gate to the south, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Monument to the People Heroes, Meridian Gate and Tiananmen Square in the north. Located not far from Liulichang Beijing, Zhengyangmen could be your worth place to visit after shopping in Liulichang.

Interesting Beijing Shopping Experience

03.26.13

1 Day Beijing Shopping Tour: Liulichang Street, Panjiayuan Market

Price From: US$ 46( 290 CNY )

Liulichang Street1. Pick you up from your hotel and take you to the famous Liulichang Antique Street.
- Liulichang Antique Street: A street with Ming and Qing dynasty architectural features, it is a great place for literate in the capital. Four treasures of the study, antiques, paintings and calligraphic works flourish here. Besides, the street is lined by many time-honored stores.
2. Then take you to Panjiayuan Flea Market.
- Panjiayuan Flea Market: As the largest antiques market among its kind both in China and Asia, the Panjianyuan Market is made up of more than 3,000 individual stalls covering 48,500 square meters. The Antique Zone is open everyday, but the Arts and Crafts Warehouse Zone open on Saturday and Sunday only.
3. Then go on to visit Beijing Curio City. After lunch, take you to the Baoguosi Cultural Market. At last, you will transfered to visit the Beijing Hongqiao Market. After the day tour, transfer back to your hotel in downtown Beijing.

Detail Itinerary

1 Day Beijing Shopping Tour: Zoo Market, Silk Market

Price From: US$ 50( 320 CNY )

Silk Market1. Pick you up from your hotel and take you to Zoo Market near Beijing zoo in the northwest of Beijing.
- Zoo Market: This is a huge wholesale market group which is composed of seven markets. And the most popular ones are Julong, Tianlegong and Shiji Tianle. Anywhere from 10 to 50 RMB for shirts, tops, jeans, pants, skirts, everything. Jewelry for about 10-15RMB. In some places they can be more expensive, but about 90% are the cheap prices listed above. Buy them here for half-price but be geared up for bargaining hard or buy in volume.
2. After enjoy the typical Chinese lunch, take you back to the downtown Beijing to enjoy shopping at the famous Silk Market. After the day trip, transfer you back to your hotel in downtown Beijing.
- Silk Market: It is one of the most famous business streets all around Beijing. Here you can purchase not only chinese traditional silk products and exquisite handicrafts, but also many kinds of foreign well-known brands. You can buy good at a cheaper price but you have to bargain hard and be prepared for a lot of abuse.

Detail Itinerary

Temple of the Moon – Yuetan Park

03.13.13

Yuetan ParkLiulichang Beijing is one of the ancient streets in Beijing that located not far from Qianmen Street and Dashilan. Liulichang Beijing is located just in the southeast of the Yuetan Park. Those ancient attractions located not far from each other that can be visit with easy access. Yuetan Park or also called Temple of the Moon is an altar where located in Fuchengmen, Xicheng District, in western Beijing.

Temple of the Moon which located not far from Liulichang Beijing has become one of five famous altars in Beijing, beside Temple of Heaven, Temple of Sun, Temple of Earth and others. All of those sacrificial altars which have lot of Chinese ancient culture and architecture heritages. How about that? Interested to explore one of Beijing’s sacrificial altars after visit Liulichang Beijing? Then you can come to Temple of the Moon.

Temple of the Moon which located near Liulichang Beijing was built in 1530 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties for use in ritual sacrifice to the God of the Moon by the Emperor of China. In 1955, it was renovated and opened to public with the name of Yuetan Park. In 2001, Yuetan Park was listed as one of the Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State.

Altar of the Moon situated in total area of 13 square meters, near from Liulichang Beijing. The altar was designed in facing east and there are two gates at the outer wall which were the North Gate and East Gate. The each gate is the main entrance gate of Altar of the Moon. The park not only has such long history, historical relics but is also offer beautiful nature scenery around. Visitors who visit Liulichang Beijing will have an easy and convenient access to directly reach Temple of the Moon.

Today, there has a public park area around Temple of the Moon’s complex, close to Liulichang Beijing. Same as the other parks in Beijing, the park has also attracts many visitors to come, especially the local people. Most of them are the elder people who doing their daily activity inside the park include running, walking, dancing, singing, taichi and others. It will be so interesting to see some local people habits and lifestyle not far from Liulichang Beijing. Additionally, some new scenic spots include Changong (Toad Palace), TianXiangyuan (Courtyard of Heavenly Fragrance), Lanyueting (Pavilion of Enjoying the Moon), Yueguiting (Laurel Pavilion) were built in the park. Temple of the Moon is one of the interesting historical places that worth to visit after explored Liulichang Beijing.

Antiques Beijing Shopping Tour

02.26.13

1 Day Beijing Shopping Tour: Liulichang Street, Panjiayuan Flea Market

Price From: US$ 46( 290 CNY )

Morning Itinerary
Panjiayuan Market1. Pick you up from your hotel at about 8:30am and take you to the famous Liulichang Street.
- Liulichang Street: A street with Ming and Qing dynasty architectural features, it is a great place for literate in the capital. Four treasures of the study, antiques, paintings and calligraphic works flourish here. Besides, the street is lined by many time-honored stores.
2. Then take you to Panjiayuan Flea Market.
- Panjiayuan Flea Market: As the largest antiques market among its kind both in China and Asia, the Panjianyuan Market is made up of more than 3,000 individual stalls covering 48,500 square meters. The Antique Zone is open everyday, but the Arts and Crafts Warehouse Zone open on Saturday and Sunday only.
3. Then go on to visit Beijing Curio City.
- Beijing Curio City: It is located just near to the Panjiayuan Flea Market, it is the first nationally supervised second-hand market in China, and the biggest Asian center of the curio trade.

Hongqiao MarketAfternoon Itinerary
1. After lunch, take you to the Baoguosi Cultural Market.
- Baoguosi Cultural Market: It is the most centralized and professional market for the age-old money and old books. You can find kinds of age-old money here.
2. At last, you will transfered to visit the Beijing Hongqiao Market.
- Beijing Hongqiao Market: It is built in 1979, located in the south central area of Beijing, just to the east of the Temple of Heaven. It is a great market for antiques, jewelry, clothes, food, souvenirs, gifts, toys, shoes etc.
3. After the day tour, transfer back to your hotel in downtown Beijing.


Detail Itinerary

Beijing Shopping Tour

01.28.13

Panjiayuan Flea MarketOffering Beijing Shopping tour to Liulichang Street and Panjiayuan Flea Market, local travel agency gives tourists who like Chinese antique culture and want to buy some as souvenirs great chance to enjoy the Chinese traditional and old culture. Besides these two places, this one day shopping tour also takes you to visit the Beijing Curio City, Baoguosi Cultural Market and Beijing Hongqiao Market to know more about Chinese traditional culture, and at same time, they are good places for picking gifts.

First station of this tour is Liulichang Street which is a wonderful place for literate in the capital and is full of architectural features of Ming and Qing Dynasty. Many foreign tourists are interested in the four treasures of study including the writing brush, ink stick, paper and ink slab, Liulichang Street is famous for selling these goods of antiques, paintings and calligraphic works flourish here. For long history, Liulichang still is standing to tell the cultural deposits of old Beijing, even China. Located at south of Hepingmen Gate, Liulichang is 750 meters in length, gathers the typical stores, such as Rongbaozhai, Yidege, Cathay Bookshop, Baoguzhai, Wenshengzhai, Cunwenge, etc. And they are both the Chinese time-honored brands with long history. From it opened, Rongbaozhai received many celebrities such as Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Yu Youren, etc. During hard working and plain living of generations, Rongbaozhai has become the position of Chinese flourishing culture.

Then transfer to Panjiayuan Flea Market which is the first free flea market in Beijing, and it is the biggest flea market in China, open to public from Thursday to Sunday every week. There are more than 580 individuals open their stalls in this market with amounts of visitors perusing the aisles aiming to find great deals on antiques, electronics and accessories. In the open-area market covering large area, furniture is not the focus. Still, many sellers have small crafts and traditional Chinese furniture on display. Some people say the Panjiayuan Flea Market likes museum, it sells various old and ancient things. It is also the cheapest market in Beijing. Porcelain is absolutely the most typical of Chinese craftworks showing eastern cultural features, so porcelain is also welcomed by tourists in Panjiayuan Flea Market. Besides, various unique and strange things attract you deeply. Here, you need to bargain with the mangers to get a valuable good.

No matter which one, it is the ideal choice for visitors who are interested in Chinese traditional culture and history.

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Liulichang

12.20.12

Liulichang

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Located in the southwestern part of the city, Liulichang still bears the appearance of a Qing Dynasty market street. If antiques or Chinese cultural commodities are your interest, you will likely find it on Liulichang Street, known throughout China and the world for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, ink stones and ink, and now it is the best place to find these items in Beijing, throughout from all over China and the world, only 750 meters long. Including Rongbaozhai, Yidege and China Book Store, Liulichang Street is the gathering place of various famous and old brands selling the ancient cultural commodities. In front of many shops, there are various antithetical couplets. According to their business scopes, the hosts write their antithetical couplets by themselves. All these antithetical couplets have been the special view of Liulichang Street. Those who love antiques or arts and crafts will find it an ideal place to shop, and those who are not planning on spending money may also find it worth going to have a look at the street itself. So, Liulichang Street becomes one of the tourist shopping places in Beijing.

China Time-Honored Brands in Liulichang Street

12.03.12

Liulichang StreetWith long history of 5,000 years, China has deep cultural and historical history, of course, as capital of China, Beijing also inherits many famous cultural essences. Shopping in Beijing, you should choose Liulichang Street which is a cultural street if you are interested in the ancient culture of China. Many of the supplies of art lean towards traditional Chinese calligraphy (like large horsehair brushes), and ink in Liulichang Street. And for quality, you are better off shopping at speciality stores, especially in Liulichang Street which is one of the famous shopping places in Beijing tour.

Liulichang is an old street located at south of Hepingmen Gate with 750 meters in length. Gathering typical Chinese traditional constructions, Liulichang is a cultural street from the exteriors of stores. The stores in Liulichang Street are famous across China for selling ancient books, calligraphy products, paintings, ink, brushes, rubbings and antiques. This street is less than a kilometer long, but it is lined with dozens of small shops selling everything you need to set up home studio. Also, it is the local place for some China time-honored brands in culture. Given its reputation, Liulichang Street is a market accepted bargaining.

Rongbaozhai, located at West Liulichang Street, spreads over two floors and sprawling down quite a length of the road. The famous the “scholar’s four jewels” (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper) here are all presented in a rather flat. This store is one of the famous stores in Liulichang Street with long history and offers plenty of goods.

Yidege is located at East Liulichang Street, famous for ink. The founder of Yidege, a Juren (a title of scholar degree) in the period of emperor Tongzhi of Qing Dynasty, failed for imperial examination, he searched a method to make anti-corrosive brush ink by extracting from smoke-grease. The ink offered by Yidege has high quality as smooth writing, brightness, being easy to dry and mount the written paper, protecting from water and shining etc, thus the ink is highly admired by users.

There are many famous stores in Liulichang Street, such as Cathay Bookshop, Baoguzhai, Wenshengzhai, Cunwenge, etc. They are all the popular stores in Beijing shopping tour for tourists from home and abroad who like Chinese culture very much.

Beijing Liulichang Culture Street

11.12.12

Liulichang Culture StreetBeijing is an old capital of China, so it is the gathering place for cultural relics. Follow me and I will take you to see several famous places for selling these old things.

Liulichang Culture Street is an antique street, is famous all over the world. In order to see this interesting aspect of Chinese cultural history preserved by the communities who have lived this way for generations, travelers from home and abroad all visit this culture street with many famous and old shops. Liulichang Culture Street, located in Xuanwu District in Beijing and close to Tiananmen Square, is full of Chinese ancient treasures. The name of it can be literally translated as “Beijing Colored Glaze Factory Street” which gives a hint to its role in the past. Even though, most tourists cannot understand the real meaning of these old jewellery, calligraphy, paintings, ancient books, tea and various other arts and crafts.

As well as Liulichang Street, Panjiayuan is also the other famous antique market in Beijing. Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market is located at the southeast corner of 3th Ring in Beijing. Panjiayuan Flea Market is the biggest flea market in China, open to public from Thursday to Sunday every week. Some people say the Panjiayuan Flea Market likes museum, it sells various old and ancient things. It is also the cheapest market in Beijing. Panjiayuan Flea Market covers an area of 48,500 square meters and over 3,000 stalls. Managers come from all over China. If you have interests in Chinese antique, I suggest book the 1 Day Beijing Shopping Tour: Liulichang Antique Street, Panjiayuan Flea Market to enjoy and buy what you like and know about the deep and long Chinese culture deposits.

Near Liulichang Street, there is also a famous commercial street, named as Dashilan, is also the tourist spot in Beijing. 1 Day Tour: Dashilan Street, Liulichang Street takes you to visit these two famous commercial streets in center of Beijing. At same time, Dashilan and Liulichang sit at the same Dashilan-Liulichang historical and cultural protection area. As one of the oldest commercial streets, Dashilan has re-opened following intensive renovations that lasted for over one year. The “new” historic street has retained the traditional appearance of ancient Chinese buildings but still has many famous and old shops existed in this new street.

If you want to go shopping in Beijing, 1 Day Beijing Shopping Tour: Zoo Market, Silk Market, and you can buy the most fashion and cheapest clothes there. No matter which route you like, you can enjoy the features of Beijing.