As you make your trip to Beijing, you¡¯re sure to find a veritable treasure trove of antiques and curios. For a sample of some of the finest of these items, come visit Ju Ya Zhai in west Beijing.
This shop offers authentic antiques and vintage collectibles. They have everything from old jades, clocks and Peking opera masks to antique vases, jars and Buddhist figurines.
The choices are immeasurable: from the unusual to the downright bizarre, there¡¯s bound to be something that takes your fancy!
I was certainly pleased! There was an old miniature chariot with a soldier who had his arms raised to shoulder level. No matter which direction you turn the chariot, the soldier always points south. It is a reproduction of China¡¯s first "South-Pointing Chariot."
Over 3000 years ago, devices like this were already being used in wartime to tell directions. Wow!
Also amusing was a graceful bronze sculpture of ¡®Mulan,¡¯ the legendary heroine featured in Disney¡¯s 1998 animated film. Women could also be heroes in ancient China.
Mr. Xu, the shop owner, is a serious antique collector and connoisseur. He loves sharing his knowledge with patrons who don¡¯t know much about Chinese antiques.
Add Ju Ya Zhai to your next Beijing tour!
(Note: Under Chinese law, some antiques cannot be taken out of the country.)