Beijing is best explored on foot. It’s an amazing city for a stroll. If you love calligraphy, artwork, old books, and curios then Liulichang Culture Street is the best place to shop when you visit Beijing.
As a shopping paradise and a pedestrian street located quite central in Beijing, Liulichang Culture Street is also known as Liulichang Antique Street. From a small shady square , you can stroll this special street full of calligraphy galleries, art galleries, and shops selling every kind of paper, ink and calligraphy supply.
Liulichang was built 1000 years ago, and used to be a street in the suburbs in the Liao Dynasty (907-1125). It was subsequently moved to a place close to the Forbidden City during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Government officials and imperial examination candidates visited Liulichang during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) as they went there to get calligraphy and books sold by merchants from distant provinces.
The Street Itself
Liulichang Culture Street measures about 800 meters from East to West and is surrounded by old beautifully restored property and old shops. Here, you will find numerous stores selling artistry, craftwork, and antiques. Walking on this street feels like you’re stumbling across something only locals would know about.
Liulichang might be an old street, but it still has a lot to offer today. If you decide to visit this amazing street, you should not forget to negotiate with flair. Here are some of the attractions you should consider checking out:
Baoguzhai is a shop located at the northern side of Liulichang Street and was started at the start of the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty. Today, the shop mainly stocks paintings and calligraphy, embroidery and silk items, silk fans, folding fans, hardwood mirror frames, etc.
Sonjunge is located at the southern side of Liulichang Street. It was originally and ancient shop for books and was established by Liu Jitang who hailed from Hengsui, Hebei province. Today, the shop stocks paintings, calligraphy, etc.
Qingyuntang is located at the southern side of Liulichang and has a history spanning over 100 years. The shop mainly stocks different kinds of calligraphy models and stone tablets, ancient ink stones, seal past, seals, etc.
Cuizhenzai is located at the northern side of Liulichang Street and has a history spanning over 100 years. It offers a wide variety of traditional ceramics, ancient embroidery, stone and golden objects, paintings and calligraphy, agate, jade, bamboo carvings, and much more.
Rongbaozhai is a shop that’s located at the northern side of Liulichang Street. It serves as the perfect location for seal makers and painters to exhibit their seals and paints. Rongbaozhai is known for its woodblock printings all over the world.
Which Is the Best Time To Visit?
You should consider traveling in the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October if you want the best experience possible.
How Do You Get to Liulichang Culture Street?
There are two options when it comes to getting to Liulichang Culture Street:
- Take Subway Line 2 and alight at Hepingmen Station. Exit the station from either Exit D1 or Exit D2 and then walk south for about 600 yards or 550 meters.
- Take a bus number 7, 14, 15, 66, or 70 and alight at Liulichang Station.