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Folk handicrafts are an essential element of the Chinese culture, and attract foreign and domestic visitors alike. One shop that has a large variety of folk handcrafts is the Folk Craft Gift near the Forbidden City.
On the shop¡¯s shelves hold a large array of gift items: bamboo books, opera masks, bronze vessels, wood sculptures, earthen wares, etc. The prices are all fairly low.
The main features of the shop are the bamboo books, commonly used in China before the invention of paper. Books vary in thermes. One had a poem of the famous Li Bai as he showered praises for China¡¯s mother river, the Yellow River. Another set of four pieces of bamboo paintings depicts ¡®the four beauties of ancient China¡¯. Each of them sells around RMB 100.
One small bronze mask with bulgy eyes caught me in curiosity. The owner told me that original mask, excavated two hundred years ago, sparked a debate on the origin of Chinese culture. This perfect replica is priced at RMB 200.
The owner, Mr. Zhou, can speak a little English for communication. As he has studied in Japan, he can communicate fully in Japanese too.
What I appreciate
Beautiful products, good service
What customers appreciate
Beautiful products, low prices
Paintings showcasing the spectacular sceneries of China
Jadeites for jewelry and petrified trees for decoration
User-friendly purple clay tea cups
Porcelain bowls as thin as paper