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If you like oil paintings, I bet you would like to visit a Chinese-style oil painting shop on your trip to Beijing. The shop is called Ju Qi Zhai, and it¡¯s located on Liulichang East Street.


When I entered the shop, the shop owner Mr. Huang received me warmly and gave me a brief self-introduction. He himself is an artist. He was brought up in a small, poor village. Though life was difficult there, he and his friends held out hope for a brighter future. So he set hope as the theme of most of his paintings.


He then brought me to one of his paintings. I was attracted by the Great Wall on it right away. Instead of a grey color, this Great Wall was red. And pretty soon I realized that the Great Wall was made of a team of boys. Above their heads there is a white dove flying in the sky.


The dove represents hope and peace that will fall upon children. The children, wearing red, symbolize a prosperous and powerful country.


Some other paintings show the traditional courtyards of old Beijing. As I was raised in Beijing, these pictures reminded me of my childhood memories. The traditional courtyards are shown exactly as they were: the grey bricks, a wooden gate posted with red couplets, and a pair of stone lions keeping guard at the door.


I have to admit that old Beijing really has a lingering charm.


The artist also focuses on painting Chinese ethnic minority girls. Each of them is wearing the colorful traditional dress of her minority group. Some of the charming girls are playing flutes or other instruments. Gazing at them attentively, I felt like I could hear the melodious sound.


What I appreciated

Oil paintings depicting ordinary life


What customers appreciate

Chinese-style oil paintings


A brush pen, ink, paper, and ink stone are indispensable tools for creating graceful Chinese paintings and calligraphy. These ¡°four treasures of the study¡± are also a great gift idea for you to show your special taste in Chinese art.

A shop close to Beijing¡¯s CBD area boasts these four treasures from the most famous areas in China.

The various brush pens displayed look so neat. Their tips are made from sheep, goat, or wolf hair. A sheep's wool brush pen is soft and suitable for writing free hand calligraphy, while a fox hair brush can be used in many ways.

The ink stones are from She county. They are some of the most well-known ink stones in China, and feature a delicate surface, perfect for grinding ink. Even in wintertime, ink contained in this ink stone doesn't freeze.

Piled on the shelves, Xuan paper is special for its beautiful, clean white color, and smooth, soft surface. It easily absorbs water, and is suitable for any style of painting and writing.

The shop owner is a talented artist. He is especially good at painting landscapes on Chinese fans.

When you shop there, you can watch him do a painting on the spot!

What I appreciate:

Quality four treasures of the study for collection

What customers appreciate:

Beautiful gifts, reasonable prices


Recently I paid a visit to a painting market at the southeast of Beijing. On the first floor, I was deeply impressed by a gallery that showed the grand sceneries in China.


The shop owner is Mr. Chen Chaoyang. He named this gallery with his name: Chaoyang Art Gallery. He painted for more than twenty years, and had won many awards since 1994. His works were popular even among oversea painting collectors.


As a nature lover, he had visited some of the famous mountains and rivers in China, which gave him a lot of inspiration. Most of the paintings here were created by him.


He especially showed me a large painting called ¡®The Yellow River¡¯. On it, the river ran like ten thousand galloping horses. He visited this great river three months ago, and was profoundly awed by the spectacle. In great excitement, as soon as he came back to Beijing, he started painting it. What a magnificent painting!


I also saw a large painting named ¡®The Great Wall in Autumn¡¯. On it, the Great Wall looked like a gigantic dragon lying on steep mountain ridges, which was surrounded by a sea of golden yellow leaves.


The painter also painted village scenes, landscapes, animals, and still life.


What I appreciated

Paintings, grand sceneries of china


What customers appreciate

Paintings, grand sceneries of china


Chinese brush painting has 1,300 years of history. A few days ago I visited 93 Painting, a brush painting shop in an antique market. Mr.Zhang, the owner of the shop, kindly received me. He told me that his shop had collected many famous artists' paintings.

A painting named De Tao Tu is a good gift for friends and family. It featured a monkey playing with six peaches. The monkey was depicted so vividly that I could clearly see its hair. In Chinese culture, peaches symbolize longevity.

Another painting depicting five cabbages was also appealing. It was painted by a famous painter from the 1950s. Cabbages represent purity and being a good government official.

93 Painting also features beautiful porcelains and woodcarvings. In one corner of the shop stood a statue of Kwan-yin. It was carved in a  precious Huangyang wood.

What I appreciate:
fine artworks of famous artists

What customers appreciate:
beautiful artworks, reasonable price


Recently an artist who is good at sculpture, painting and calligraphy really impressed me. His shop is located at the famous ancient Chinese cultural street. You can find some decorations there that will bring a mysterious, oriental feel to your house.


Once I entered the studio, I found myself breathing a densely artistic air. So many things to see! Clay sculptures on the tables, paintings and calligraphy works on the walls¡­ To my surprise, all of them were created by the shopkeeper, Mr. Wang Hongxiang.


In the course of a short conversation, I learnt Mr. Wang was from a farmer¡¯s family. He became addicted to art when he was a child. His mother spent all her salary in supporting him to learn his craft. After many years of effort, Mr. Wang became an accomplished artist.


He showed me a clay sculpture ¨C a Buddha. The lifelike Buddha looked very attractive. Mr. Wang explained, ¡°I am a Buddhist. This sculpture won¡¯t crack anytime soon, for I created a unique way to make it.¡±


Then he showed me a sketch ¨C the face of an old village woman. The face was tanned and covered with a great many wrinkles, but her eyes were still shining with hope. I was touched by the sight.


Despite all his achievements, Mr. Wang remains humble. In his own reckoning, he will never cease to seek for perfection.


What I appreciated:

Clay sculptures, paintings, calligraphy


What customers appreciate:

Clay sculptures, paintings, calligraphy


If you visit a friend¡¯s home for the first time and see a Chinese painting hanging on the wall, you can conclude that the host must be a learned, tasteful person. The reasons are: First, admiring a Chinese painting is a spiritual enjoyment that can cultivate your taste. Second, buying a famous artist¡¯s work is a wise investment.


Last week I visited a famous ancient cultural street in Beijing, and found an outstanding gallery called ¡®Ancient Temple¡¯. The shop keeper Mr. Jia had been painting for more than forty years. Some of his works are kept in the Great Hall of the People, and the Palace Museum.


Mr. Jia is a humble, sincere artist. He told me he was especially good at drawing peaches and pomegranates. Peaches symbolize longevity, so Chinese people often send peaches to elders as birthday presents. Pomegranates represent big and happy families full of children, because, when ripe, they will grow a great many seeds inside. Gazing at his prominent works of peaches and pomegranates, I gasped in admiration.


Mr. Jia also loves drawing landscapes and plum blossoms. Looking at a painting featuring mountains, streams, and a pavilion, I felt like entering a wonderland. Another one showed red plum flowers against a white snow background. Chinese people especially love plum flowers which are so proud that they choose to blossom in the coldest moment.


In the shop, if you are lucky enough, you might catch sight of Mr. Jia painting on the spot. Surely you will be impressed by his profound and proficient painting skills.


What I appreciated:

Senior artist, outstanding Chinese paintings


What costumers appreciate:

Intriguing Chinese paintings


 In China today, it's rare to find someone who excels at Chinese painting, calligraphy, and seal engraving. Lin Tieyang is one of these few versatile artists. He works in his shop on the second floor of Dong Fang Gu Yuan Art Market, called Yan Lin Ge.

Mr. Lin was very talkative about himself. He told me that he has been a professional artist for 27 years, and started his own gallery in 1994. His paintings combine free-hand brushwork with detailed brushwork to depict a wide range of sceneries. This includes plants, birds, and landscape.

Mr. Lin learned calligraphy from his father, who specialized in writing official scripts. His father¡¯s teachings remained with him. Even now, he writes carefully, and in detail, at least 200 small characters on one piece of paper every day. And he has found happiness in his heart exploring the art of calligraphy.

Mr. Lin works with his wife, who frames all his paintings. Prices are very reasonable, generally from RMB 100  to RMB 2000. It is one of the reasons why he has been so successful.

What I appreciate:
Experience the paintings and calligraphy first hand.

What customers appreciate:
Beautiful Chinese paintings and calligraphy display


In a frenetic metropolitan like Beijing, it¡¯s always nice to enjoy a piece of the countryside. And one good place to find rural art is BeiPing HuaYuan. This shop sells farmer¡¯s paintings, which are colorfully crafted works which focus on people¡¯s lives in the rural areas. Themes include joy for good harvest, hope for a nice future, among other things. This type of art came into focus in the Cultural Revolution, as the government wished for common folks to dabble in art.


As I entered this shop in the Liulichang antique street, the shop owner, Ms. Zhang, greeted me. She told me these paintings came from HuXian and DongFeng counties, renowned for the quality of their famer¡¯s paintings.


I was attracted by one particular painting, called ¡°A Good Harvest¡± (RMB 150). The illustration featured a farm with pile of corn cobs, and chicks pecking on it. I found it odd that the color of corn was red. Miss Zhang told me that the author used the red color to show people¡¯s happiness about a good autumn harvest. Hence, the color and the name.


The shop has a professional translator. So you may feel free to ask them about each individual items. Prices are reasonable, generally between RMB 100 and 300.


What I appreciate

Beautiful paintings


What customers appreciate

Unique paintings, can speak English

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Beijing Shopping: If you like oil paintings, I bet you would like to visit a Chinese-style oil painting shop on your trip to Beijing. The shop is called Ju Qi Zhai, and it's located on Liulichang East Street.