AT THE PUNING STREET QING MARKET YOU CAN BUY ALL KINDS OF CHINESE SOUVENIRS On the way out of the Puyou Temple complex, we walk through the Puning Street market, a modern day re-creation of a Qing style cultural and market place. The Puning and Puyou Temples were built during the Qing Dynasty and the […]
The Chinese Art of Paper Cutting in Chengde
PAPER CUTTING IS A PART OF CHINA’S CULTURAL HERITAGE: The Chengde Mountain Resort is the main reason for our trip from Beijing to Chengde, however a surprise side-trip for us is a stop at the Junfeng Paper Cutting School to see some of the paper-cuts that Chengde is famous for. For anyone who’s lived in […]
The Art of Jade Carving
AT THE RUN-ZE JADE GARDEN WE SEE EXQUISITE PIECES OF JADE CARVINGS: An inevitable part of any organized tour of China is the stops at factories or showrooms to show visitors the local crafts and products, in the hope that visitors will be enticed into spending some money. After our tour of the Great Wall […]
Buying Terracotta Warriors To Protect Us In The Afterlife … Not Really!
WE’VE COME TO XI’AN TO SEE THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS AND END UP BRINGING THEM HOME WITH US: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an are one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century and although Xi’an has many other worthy attractions, these unique treasures are the main reason for visitors coming to this […]