As one of the historic capitals of China, Beijing has long been an attractive place for skilled craftsmen to come and seek patronage. For this reason, it is possible to find some of the best examples of Chinese craftsmanship in this city.
The so-called "famous characters" of handicrafts: cloisonne, ivory carvings, jade, and carved lacquerware are prime examples. Other enticing art pieces and cultural items include the "treasures" of Chinese scholarly tradition (the Chinese writing brush, ink sticks, ink wells, and paper), Chinese calligraphy and paintings, silk embroidery, jewelry and stone chops carved with one's name (another symbol of the Chinese scholarly tradition).
For those travelers who prefer folk handicrafts, traditional figurines made from clay, dough or silk, colorful kites and paper-cuts are fascinating pieces to add to any collection.
Similarly, many travelers buy Chinese musical instruments to play or just as ornaments. In recent years, traditional Chinese furniture and antique furniture have become more popular and fashionable.
Beyond the traditional, since China opened its doors to the outside world, many large modern department stores and shopping centers have appeared in Beijing. World famous international brands have also settled down here.
Read about the major shopping areas in Beijing below or search our shopping index for shopping centers and other options.
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