Among the numerous shops in Beijing featuring Tibetan handicrafts, Heavenly Eyes is one of the best. It is easily accessible, located just a few steps south of the Lama Temple on Yong He Gong Street.
Inside, I found 3 rooms which house every type of Tibetan handicraft imaginable. Once I entered, I felt like being in Tibet. The oval black and white stones in the inner room quickly caught my eyes. As I examined them, the owner came and told me that these stones are called Tianzhu stones. They are used to make bracelets and necklaces.
He went on to tell me about the stories behind them. There are lots of legends about this magic and rare stone. One is that it was used by other celestial bodies as a communication to the people on the earth. Another believed that it was endowed by a Goddess to ward off diseases and spirits. All Tibetans believe that Tianzhu stone can bring people luck and happiness.
Also available in the shop are Thangkas, colorful handicrafts, and Tibetan style fashion accessories.
The owner is a friendly Tibetan, who has learned to speak some English during his 7 years at the shop.
So be sure to follow the Chinese tradition, and haggle with him!
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