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Walking along the Tobacco Pipe Street in the Hou Hai area, I found a small shop called Wen Feng Tang, which had many unique T-shirts, handbags, paper-cuts, porcelains, and more.
Inside, the shop owner, Mr. Liu, greeted me. He told me that he opened this shop to showcase all his artisan friends. So all items inside are made by him and his friends, and are unique even in Beijing.
The porcelains of mostly blue hue are the highlights of the shop. Each of them is different in design. Those colorful ornaments are painted with different totems and made of wood. Some of them are in the shape of rockets, while the others look like gourds.
As an artist himself, Mr. Liu designed the T-shirts hung on the walls. They feature sketches of soldiers, workers and farmers together, reminiscent of 1950's- 1970's China, when the new People¡¯s Republic just formed.
In addition, I found little accessories in the shape of vivid animals displayed on the shelves. And the inner room held a collection of the paper cuts.
The owner is proud of his every item here, as each one is unique. You can't find the same one in any other shops in Beijing. Prices range from RMB 20 to RMB 300, reasonable for souvenirs or small gifts.
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Gifts from the high mountains of Tibet
Mysterious Naxi minority handicrafts