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Located in the Drum Tower area, Guang Ming Ge offers a variety of Old Beijing souvenirs and baubles.
Entering the shop, I was first attracted by ¡®Tau-Er-Yea¡¯, or ¡®Sir Rabbit¡¯. This colorfully dressed, cat-mounted rabbit with a human body is known by all Beijingers. Legend tells of this fairy rabbit that lived on the moon. It came to Beijing to rescue people from a plague striking the city. The rabbit rode a cat so it could move around faster to help more people. Even today, Beijingers offer fruits and cakes to Sir Rabbit during Mid-Autumn Festival to honor its good deed. Each ¡®Tau-Er-Yea¡¯ sells for RMB 30.
The shop also carries a range of hutong photos, Great Wall clay, etc. Be sure to at least check out the hutong photos, which depict the typical Beijing traditional residence - Siheyuan. Each framed photo cost RMB 100.
Also, there are beautiful items such as white porcelain figurines, straw-weaved animals, opera mask pendants, and Chinese zodiac amulets. Mr. Guo, the owner, speaks a little English. Communication shouldn¡¯t be a problem.
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