When it comes to buying handicrafts and accessories from the land of Tibet, one should not miss Ping Gu Zhai in Xuanwu District. I loved the shop¡¯s a large variety of everyday products from the Himalayan region, mainly the Tibet.
As I walked through their long exotic aisle into their well-lit showroom, I was amazed by their extensive array of items. Colorful prayer flags, rosaries, and prayer wheels only covered a small portion of their selection.
Sherry, the shop owner, told me that their tangkas¡ªTibetan scroll painting of the Buddha-- and carpets were all quite old. They were also more expensive than similar items in other Tibetan shops. For example, a twenty year old tangka was priced at RMB 3000. And it was not even their most expensive tangka. ¡°Their originality and antiqueness make for them all worthwhile¡±, Sherry explained.
While their carpets and tangkas targeted collectors, most of their items were still priced for casual shoppers, for as low as RMB 10. Sherry and other 2 shop assistants spoke a little English, and were experienced in dealing with foreign customers. The shop also offered discounts to repeat customers.
What I appreciate
Great Tibetan handicrafts
What customers appreciate
Great Tibetan handicrafts, good service
Especially soft and warm Tibetan carpets
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