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Besides Dashilan, there is another old commercial street in Beijing called Liulichang. It is a place home for lots of stores selling various China traditional folk arts.

Overview about Liulichang
Located outside of the Hepingmen in Xuanwu District, Liulichang is a commercial street selling various craftwork, artistry, and antiques. The street runs 800 meters from south to north, stretches from Liuxiang Street to the west and Yanshousi Street to the east.

According to the history, Liulichang was a favorite haunt for scholars, painters and calligraphers. They gather at Liulichang to write, compile and purchase books, as well as to paint and compose poetry. In the Kangxi period (1661-1722), Liulichang had become one of the most flourishing cultural centers in Beijing. Then during Qianlong period (1736-1796), the street was even more prosperous, become a well know cultural center for selling antiques. Liulichang also has a high reputation among writers and artists for the four treasures of study (writing brush, ink stick, paper and ink slab) sold here.

Shopping in Liulichang
Many shops located on the street are filled with a variety of Chinese folk arts such Chinese handicrafts, ancient books, paintings, calligraphy, pottery, carpets, vases, books, scrolls and chops. It is a perfect place to purchase Chinese antiques as well as its folk arts.

On Liulichang, some stores have remained unchanged since Qianlong Period in architectural style and business, while some established in modern time were also preserved; one of the most famed is the Rongbaozhai with a history of over 200 years. It now specializes in reproductions of Chinese paintings. Traditional teahouses, Peking Opera Theater, wine shops, and many restaurants also can be found on Liulichang Street.

Liulichang is ideal place for everyone who interest on explore culture and history of old Beijing. It is a popular destination for tourists who wish to experience the commercial aspect of popular Chinese folk artwork in Beijing with no crowds. There, visitors also could taste China traditional culture at teahouses, old theaters, and cultural landmarks. Prepare about 3-4 hours wandering round the street for window shopping. Buy antiques or traditional art forms of China in Liulichang Street.

How to Get Liulichang
By Subway:
Take subway line2 and get off at Hepingmen Station. Get out of the subway station from Exit D1 or D2 (southwest exit), and walk south for 500 meters.
By Bus:
Take bus 7, 14, 15, 66 and get off at Liulichang Station.