Photos taken in the streets of Beijing in October 2006. Please click on the image to enlarge it.
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
street tailor
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
Old Beijing - please click to enlarge
A shop on Liulichang street - all stones below (except the last photo) are sold in it
Stone carvings for sale
Stone carving for sale
Stone carving for sale
Stone carving for sale
Stone carving for sale
Stone carvings for sale
Stone carvings for sale
Official Beijing 2008 Store
Official Beijing 2008 Store
Official Beijing 2008 Store
Official Beijing 2008 Store
Notes: I would suggest to disregard most calls by shop owners on Liulichang street (and some neighbouring ones) to get in and 'just look'. Have a 'walk-through' of the area and decide what you actually would like to buy. You may find that prices for some items such as rock carvings, scrolls, etc may differ by 200-300%. Most specialised shops will also offer to carve your name in Chinese characters for free on a seal of your choice - you could browse through the items in the store while this is done (about 5-10 minutes); mine (which was "nick") took about 4 minutes. For the reference - the price tickets on stone carvings above range from ¥1,800 to ¥29,000 (obviously - negotiable, but basically from US$200 upwards...). Another important thing - please buy Beijing 2008 merchandise only in official stores, there are some street vendors that sell obvious fakes.