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Why You Should Stop by Liulichang

Beijing has long been hailed as a culture Mecca of China, full of ancient sights, great shopping destinations and gourmet Chinese food. For those who want to enjoy shopping in Beijing, Liulichang is not to be missed! Here are a few reasons why you should pay a visit to Liulichang.

Beijing Liulichang Street

Reason 1: Profound History of Liulichang
Time-honored Liulichang dates back to Liao Dynasty (907-1125) and used to be a village. Back in Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), Liulichang was famous for making glazed tiles, once hailed as one of the official Five Kilns in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The tiles fired in Liulichang were once used to build the palaces. During the Jiajing reign of Ming Dynasty, the kiln factory was relocated outside the city yet the name Liulichang was preserved to this day. In Qing Dynasty (1636-1911), most of Han people lived in the west part of the city surrounding the area near Liulichang. Later, guilds of provinces were built nearby and candidates from the whole country came to Beijing for the final imperial exam. By and by, Liulichang became a gathering place for famous book shops of Beijing and ever since then, new bookstores and stationery shops have opened here one after another. Now Liulichang has become the largest book fair in Beijing and a favorite haunt for scholars, painters and calligraphers.

Reason 2: Countless Delights to Explore in Liulichang
Most of the shops were well restored in Liulichang, making it a great pedestrian street as well as an antique and book market looking like a Chinese village. Liulichang is home to a great variety of Chinese folk arts and cultural products, such as tri-colored glazed pottery of Tang Dynasty (618-907), carpets, vases, scrolls, chopsticks, silks, ancient shoes, Chinese kites, swords, walking sticks, door knockers, Buddhist statuaries, classical paintings, calligraphy, books, brushes, inks, etc. In this cultural street, there are a bunch of famous time-honored shops, one of the most famous is the Rongbaozhai, enjoying a history of over 200 years. It is well known for selling Chinese paintings that are made using the traditional technique of woodblock color printing. It is also a favorite haunt for famous modern writers in China. With a visit to Liulichang you can also find other interesting Chinese products, like paper, scroll-mounting, book binding, carving of stone tablets and name seals, and the like. There are also teahouses, wine shops, and many restaurants located in the Liulichang.

Overall, Liulichang is a great place to be for shopping in Beijing!