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Celebrated for its beautiful glaze and enduring quality, Chinese Jun porcelain has long been loved and sought after. A shop in Beijing allows admirers to glamorize their homes with a slice of that beauty.

Inside, the universe of lavender-blue ovoid jar, purple-red pear shaped vase, and opalescent flat plates overwhelm the customers with their beauty.. Customers marvel at the splendid colors and elegant shapes, which Jun wares are famous for. Most vessels are reproductions of authentic antiques, each piece having an old-time touch that is sure to glamorize your home. Your friends will be so impressed!

Emperor Qian Long surely did impress his ministers with his Jun vessel collection.

Their creations based on popular themes are worth mentioning. I especially like the Chinese Zodiac animals. Works like these are very hard to find anywhere else.

According to the shop owner, admirers also came for Jun porcelain¡¯s collectible value.

A Jun vessel is  noted for images naturally formed during the firing process. The process is hard to control, so a fine piece is hard to produce. . This is why Jun vessels with gorgeous images are so precious. In a short period of time, the value of one piece could go up many times.

The shop owner is experienced in dealing with foreign customers, and will ship orders to your yards.

 

What I appreciated

Beautiful Jun vessels with old-time touches

 

What customers appreciate

Gorgeous works, friendly atmosphere

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With its roots in the water city of Su Zhou, Su Embroidery has long been celebrated for its exquisite design and smooth texture. Dongwu Renjia in Beijing offers customers a rare opportunity to shop for authentic Su embroidery.

Admirers flock to the shop to burn cash for a good piece of Su embroidery!

Inside the shop, I felt like I was in the kingdom of embroidery: images of cats, tigers, gardens, flowers and court ladies surrounded me. One of the noticeable items was a garden embroidery: colorful sceneries and crystal clear water. I was also impressed by a double-faced work, which showed embroidered tigers on one side, and embroidered leopards on the other. Works like these could instantly make you home look unique.

Su embroidery has been listed as one of China's national cultural heritages. A fine piece of work requires a skilled worker months and even years to finish. As I observed, many customers came to buy Su embroidery works because they consider them highly collectible.

The shop owner is an expert in Su embroidery, and shares her knowledge generously. She speaks good English, and will ship their works right to your door!

  

What I appreciate

Exquisite works, friendly atmosphere

 

What costumers appreciate

Beautiful works, reasonable prices

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Last week I visited an impressive shop in the eastern part of Beijing, which carried jadeite jewelry and petrified trees. The latter are a kind of precious decorations, even rarer than the former.

 

Mr. Wang, the shop owner, greeted me when in entered the shop. He showed me his large collection of jade and jadeite jewelry in the showcases. He explained that jadeite is harder than jade, and asked me to look at the green-colored bracelets and necklace pendants, which looked very elegant and beautiful.

 

He also told me that Chinese consider jade more precious than gold. Jade stands for morality and virtue. Wearing jade improves health in many ways, such as relieving vexation, nourishing the five internal organs, and unblocking blood vessels.

 

Looking around, I noticed some oddly shaped stones with fruity luster and colors. Mr. Wang told me they were petrified trees, which were formed naturally during the period from 355 to 65 million years ago. I almost couldn't believe my ears! Holding my breath I took a close look at one of them, and found that it was really a fossilized tree. Even though it looked like a stone, I could see its textures and growth rings on the cross section.

 

The shop owner said petrified trees had great archaeological values, and more importantly, they could serve as beautiful decorations at home.

 

 What I appreciated

Jade, jadeite, petrified trees

 

What customers appreciate

Jadeite jewelry, petrified trees

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As weather gets cold, you need a scarf to keep your neck warm. Last week, I found a good scarf shop near the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, which had a romantic name: Woo. There, you can easily find a suitable scarf or shawl for yourself.

 

I entered the shop, and immediately found the decorations appealing: paintings and picture frames were hanging on the white walls, and fine scarves of different colors were tidily displayed on wooden tables, shelves, and bamboo poles.

 

July, the shop manager, came and warmly greeted me. She told me that this store was run by a Shanghai-based company. Their experienced designers were trained in Italy. The style of the scarves combines modern concepts with traditional Chinese elements.

 

She showed me some of their best-selling products. She picked up a purple-colored scarf featuring a pattern of double fish and ancient coins. In China, fish represents a surplus of wealth and happiness, and coins symbolize fortune. I touched it gently, and it felt very soft and comfortable.

 

Then she showed me a bigger black-and-blue shawl. The pattern on it was Lingzhi, a famous Chinese herbal medicine representing longevity. It could be folded and put around neck as a scarf, or unfolded and be worn as a jacket. It also had a button, which could be used to keep the shawl from falling.

 

These were just two items from their large collection. If you want to visit this shop to find a scarf you like, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

 

Another good news: Manager July can speak fluent English!

 

What I appreciated

Fine scarves and shawls

 

What customers appreciate

Fine scarves and shawls

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Between the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower lies a small handicrafts shop. It carries so many handicrafts, finding something appealing to you is never difficult.

 

In the shop, a clay sculpture in the shape of a tiger¡¯s head quickly caught my eyes. It looked colorful, vivid and exaggerated. According to one of the shopkeepers, it is exclusively made in Shaanxi Province. The locals often hang it on the back door in order to bring happiness and keep the house from evil spirits.

 

The clay sculptures also had smaller versions that could be brought home easily. A white horse sculpture was so small that you could hold it in your hand. It was painted with a golden saddle and red peonies, which symbolize wealth.

 

I was very interested in the children's clothes called Bai Jia Yi, which means clothes made of pieces of clothes from one hundred families. In the past, rural people were very poor, but they believed that their life would change, if their children could eat food and wear clothes from one hundred families. The clothes in the shop were pieced together by bits of cloth of different colors, representing one hundred families. On a closer look, I found that they were totally new and clean.

 

The shopkeepers can speak a little English. They are very friendly and often invite customers to enjoy Chinese tea.

 

What I appreciated

Folk handicrafts with strong Chinese characteristics

 

What customers appreciate

Folk handicrafts with strong Chinese characteristics

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When it comes to choosing a gift to wrap up your tour in Beijing, what shall you pick? A Chinese painting, an embroidery,  or a celadon teapot? Actually, a shop named China Happy Chopsticks offer engraved chopsticks that are excellent souvenirs for tourists.

Their chopsticks  are engraved with designs popular with foreign patrons. Designs such as poems, famous peoples, Beijing landscapes, pagodas, and even Beijing opera masks. Imagine how you and your friends will have a lively conversation about your trip to China, when they see your chopsticks engraved with such unique Chinese designs.

If you¡¯re buying these gifts, you can customize your order. It's really a good idea to engrave your birth date or zodiac sign on a pair of chopsticks,

The shop guarantees quality and delivery. The shop assistants can speak a little English, so communication shouldn¡¯t be a problem.

 

What I appreciate

Whimsical designs, sexy prices

What costumers appreciate

Artistic chopsticks, affordable prices

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Gold-plating, an ancient method of applying thin layers of gold to items to make them look glamorous, now becomes a favorite of provident people. Gu Yi Ge in Beijing allows lovers of gold-plated artworks to spend their money wisely on a fine piece.

Once inside, one finds it irresistible to bring one item home. There are flat plates with intricate floral designs, jars with openwork tops, Central Asian-taste flagons, Buddhist-style incense burners...The works are made based on ancient designs, radiating a strong sense of antiquity. The outer layer of gold on each piece gives a feel of extreme luxury.

Such works are made by master craftsmen who have received countless awards for their achievements. For certain designs, only a limited quantity of items are available. Some fine pieces were bought and sent to international dignitaries as gift.  

The shop owner himself is a master, who speaks a little English. He ships his products to almost every country of the world. .

 

What I appreciate

Beautiful works, welcoming atmosphere

 

What costumers appreciate

Amazing works, reasonable prices

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At the northeast of Tian¡¯anmen Square lies a Chinese folk handicrafts shop. A wooden tablet hangs over the gate that reads ¡®Folk Graft Gift¡¯ in English. Don¡¯t miss this: they carry unique handmade Chinese gifts and adornments.

 

On my recent visit to this shop, I found something that impressed me: bamboo decorations!

 

According to the shopkeeper Mr. Zhou, customers could have anything inscribed on them, including their names and the English versions of famous Chinese books.

 

If you have no time to visit the Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xi¡¯an, the shop has small replicas of the warriors.

 

I also saw replicas of ancient bronze statues and other objects, such as daggers, goblets, cooking vessels, and Pixiu (a legendary animal).

 

If you like Kung Fu movies, pick up one of their swords. They are made in the famous Shaolin Temple. They are rather heavy, so handle with care.

 

What I appreciated:

Folk handicrafts, decorations

 

What customers appreciate:

Folk handicrafts, decorations

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North of the BaBaoShan subway station lies an antiques and craftworks market where you can buy paintings and calligraphy works, porcelains, and wooden articles. Shop 1007 offers an unusual sight of root carving works. These decorations will compliment your distinctive aesthetic standard.

 

Root carving, also called the ¡®art of root¡¯, combines the natural beauty of tree root and the creative power of the artist.

 

Stepping inside this universe of oddly shaped root sculptures, I wondered who could possess such insight as to select these miraculous roots. The shop keeper greeted me and invited me to have a cup of tea, sitting down at a unique wooden table.

 

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Ma has collected a great number of root sculptures. As wanted to share his treasures with more people, he opened this shop in 1996.

 

He was especially proud of one of his works. It was called ¡®Shen Long¡¯, or ¡®Devine Dragon¡¯ in English. The dark-colored wooden dragon looked so vivid that the head, the beard, and the curling body could be seen clearly. I could not but marvel at both the natural magic, and the human craftsmanship.

 

Looking around, I couldn¡¯t help asking how Mr. Ma could collect so many incredible root sculptures. He smiled and noted, ¡°You can find out beauty everywhere as long as you observe carefully.¡±

 

Mr. Ma will help you ship the one you selected.

 

What I appreciated:

Rare root sculptures

 

What customers appreciate:

Rare root sculptures

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These days there is an antique rush in Beijing. . Amid the chaos, a shop named Rui Ji Xiang still offers antiques and jewelry items that are hard to find anywhere else.

Antiques in the shop are highly collectible, the ages ranging from several hundred years to over one thousand years: a bronze cup, one of the shop owner's favorites, is around 2500 years old. A Ming dynasty blue-and-white bowl is around 600 years old. And a set of earrings is 300 years old. It¡¯s really amazing that the shop carries antiques from different periods of ancient China.

I had a fun time there by checking out interesting stuff.. I found a tiny pot, which turned out to be a snuff bottle. Snuff bottles were European items, so this one might have been brought to China by some European merchant or soldier.

The shop is especially for girls looking for vintage-look jewelry. It carries a nice collection of old earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. I even noticed a pair of earrings said to have once belonged to a Mongolian princess.

The shop owner is a senior connoisseur, and shares his knowledge generously. He speaks a little English, and has received a lot of foreign customers.

 

What I appreciate

Rare and gorgeous antiques

What customers appreciate

Rare-to-find antiques, welcoming atmosphere


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Beijing Shopping: In a universe of lavender-blue ovoid jar, purple-red pear shaped vase, and opalescent flat plates, Da Song Guan Yao allows admirers to glamorize their homes with a slice of that beauty.