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Antique Street

Antique Street Travel Guide

At He Ping Gate of Beijing, there is a famous Antique Street, which has a large variety of stores on ancient literature, antiques and curies, stone inscriptions, calligraphy and paintings, the four treasures of the study (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab, and paper), seal cutting, western and eastern instruments. This antique street is also called "the Glass Factory" or in Chinese or Liulichang Cultural Street in English from ancient times to the present because it was once the location of a glass factory in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911A.D).

It is a small street lined with shops facades bearing Ming and Qing dynasty architectural features. With brightly painted doors and eaves and gracefully curved black-tiled-roofs buildings, a little of old BeijingĀ“s lifestyle is retained here. It is famous for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, ink stones and ink.

Along the street, peddlers hawk snacks, groceries, toys and copper coins, all kind of small commodities. Some offer free seal-carving services and they even can find a perfect Chinese name for you if you like. Some shop owners invite folk artists to their shops such as an 80-year-old heir to the Qing Dynasty royal embroidery tradition. It is amazing to watch this elderly man embroider a pair of little shoes for a pair of tiny feet.

The Antique Street of Beijing is not only an antique selling center, but also the most famous traditional cultural street of Beijing, which attracts the tourists from all over the world to go for a sight-seeing and purchase antiques everyday.

At present, there still stand ancient pavilions and towers of the Qing Dynasty on both sides of the street, which is a perfect match with the calligraphy, paintings and the four treasures of the study and curios in the stores. The Antique Street of Beijing is the place where you can find various kinds of ancient relics of China.


Take the bus No. 7, 14, 15, 45, 66, 70 or Subway 2 Line

DCT Tips:

When you pay a visit to the Antique Street, better prepare some changes. Please do not forget to bargain when you feel like buying something.

Tourists can buy pretty good traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy in old stores like Huaiyinshanfang, Rongbaozhai, Cuiwenge, Yidege and so on. Additionally, Heping Gate near the street is a highlight street of Beijing snacks. Tourists can find the famous Quanjude Peking Roasted Duck Restaurant.

Antique Street

Antique Street

Antique Street

Antique Street

Antique Street

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