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Get a Feel for Traditional Beijing with Clay Sculptures

[ From: Eric Jin | Published: 2007-11-20 Views: 1302 | Booked times: 56 ]

The craft of clay sculpturing has a recorded history of more than 3,000 years in China, and still popular today. For clay figures with a Beijing touch, you can visit XiaoZhang Clay Sculpture on WangFuJing Street, named after the shop owner. The owner himself makes all the figurines, with designs such as old Beijingers, animals, local gate towers, and courtyards, reflecting the cultural characteristics of traditional Beijing.

The owner told me that his goat sculpture (RMB 128)is his favorite work. The goat is painted with peony flowers, and has a pair of oversize golden horns. The animal represents kindness, peace, and harmony in Chinese minds. The design was even featured on Chinese stamps for the year of the Goat in 2003! Definitely a marvelous piece of work.

Prices for the handmade sculptures range from RMB 5 to RMB 800. The demand is high, so you may need to pre-order certain figures.

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Shopping in Beijing: The craft of clay sculpturing has a recorded history of more than 3,000 years in China, and still popular today. For clay figures with a Beijing touch, you can visit XiaoZhang Clay Sculpture on WangFu...