Shopping on the streets is one of the signs that tradition is still alive and well in Beijing. Open air markets can be found next to high-rise hotels, and side streets and alleyways are littered with small shops selling crafts and antiques. And, of course, there’s the process of haggling that’s become tradition in street shops, and that also gets pretty entertaining.
This is a taste of Liulichang, where all kinds of artwork, calligraphy brushes, and other handcrafts are lurking in the little shops.
One of the ladies I’m traveling with has been to China before, so we stopped in a shop where she’d been before, and they remembered her. 🙂 Another guy in our group asked her to get him a painting of a rooster, but they didn’t have the one he liked on hand, and we were leaving Beijing early the next day, so we couldn’t come back and pick it up. Then, the painter basically said, “oh, I’ll just do one right now, it’ll take 15 minutes,” and then whipped out his brush and started painting!
This fan is hand-painted 🙂
This was at a tea shop one of my travelmates had found the previous day. She served us a lot of *very* good tea for free, and was freely giving out discounts once she found out who had told us about her shop. I still managed to haggle her down a bit farther on a tea set, though 😉