"Native Production..." Beijing Off The Beaten Path Tip by Chris_Dahlia

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Native Production


Providing special description of various unique productions of ancient Beijing like antiques, jade, silk, Chinese trational paintings and calligraphy, cloisonne, lacquerware, procelain and moreˇ­

A good place to find a wide selection of antiques is at Liulichang. Liulichang is a street in Xuanwumen, and many of the stores are quite old. This area has everything from scrolls, to jade articles to decades-old cigarette advertisement posters. There are definitely treasures to be found here, but it is hark to tell genuine antiques from dirty fakes. Real antiques are supposed to bear a red official seal that proves their authenticity, but sometimes real omen don't have it and fake ones do. The best attitude to have is: if you like it and you can bargaining down to a price you can accept, just go for it. Small jade articles and silver trinkets make great presents for people at home and they are easy to take on the plane.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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