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Handicraft

It is common knowledge that China has a long and glorious history in both arts and traditional crafts. Visit to Beijing then you can find these unique Chinese handicrafts.

Cloisonné
Cloisonné is a unique art form that originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) and produced its best during Xuande period (1426-1456) of the Ming Dynasty which considered as the "golden age" of cloisonné. Cloisonné are brilliant in colors and splendid in design and enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad. Beijing is the cradle of cloisonné technique and there are a couple of flea markets in Beijing where visitors could wander and find their favorite Chinese cloisonné.

Embroidery
Embroidery is a brilliant pearl in Chinese art. Simple embroidery decoration was customarily worked on wool, linen, and hemp cloth from Neolithic period. Its oldest product in China on record dates from Shang Dynasty. Embroidery boasts of myriad lovely patterns including landscapes, flowers, animals, figures etc. Old handicraft embroidery products still are largely out there and it is the best way if collectors can buy them directly from the owners.

Chinese Calligraphy
Calligraphy is an art which has developed over many centuries in China. In China, however, calligraphy is regarded as an art form in itself and is admired and displayed in museums just as paintings are. Come to Beijing, foreign tourists can purchase and take their favorite Calligraphy art items back home.

Paper Cutting
Paper cutting is one of the most popular handicrafts in Beijing. In Chinese traditional culture, paper-cuts can reflect many aspects of life such as prosperity, health, or harvest. Paper cutting has long history back, since it was popular in Qing Dynasty, many skills were developed at that time. Today, Chinese people even more believe that the red paper-cuts on the door or windows can bring good luck and happiness to the whole family.

Kite
Kite is considered an art form in China. China is the birthplace of the kite and Weifang (Shandong province of China) is one of the chief places where Chinese kites originated. The ancients began to use wood to make "wooden black-eared kites" that could carry a person and fly high into the sky for reconnoitering (surveillance) and other military purposes. Time goes by, kites were produced in increasing numbers, not only for military use, but also for recreational purpose by civilians. Later, kite-making is also known as a Chinese folk handicraft.