One of a handful of Tibetan stores in Beijing, Jin Hua Tang offers customers a rare opportunity to shop for exotic gifts from deep Tibet, a place full of mysteries and legends.
Products here make for cute presents for nolvelty-seeking people. Inspired by nice Tibetan music, customers dive in a sea of Tibetan items. There¡¯re thangkas for protection, yak-bone necklaces for good luck, and agate bracelets for good fortune. Girls in particular love the ethnic-touch bracelets, earrings, and hair accessories.
Even curio-seekers are attracted to the shop. Some of the products are used items purchased from Tibetan families, and are highly collectible. There I saw an exquisitely embroidered thangka. Thanka is often painted, and seldom embroidered. So a fine thangka embroidery is very hard to find anywhere in the world, even in Beijing. The shop owner wouldn't let go of it without a handsome price.
The shop owner is a Tibetan, and shares his knowledge of his home province generously. He speaks a little English, and will ship his products to every corner of the world.
What I appreciate
Large selection of items, friendly atmosphere
What customers appreciate
Reasonable prices, friendly atmosphere
Fine carved lacquer ware to beautify your room
Elegant indoor ornaments -- silk figurines
Elegant Chinese paintings will show your unique taste
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