Travelling to a new place is a wonderful and exciting experience. During the tour, you probably want to buy some souvenirs to memorize the tour. Here is a list of top 10 things to buy in Beijing.

 1. Antiques

 antiques-Top 10 Things to Buy in Beijing  Beijing has a long and rich history. After the emperors’ reign, there were plenty of antiques left behind. Antiques are the memory of the history. They are the reflection of people’s life at that time. Antiques can be bought at Beijing Curio City, Liulichang and Panjiayuan Market.

 2. Porcelain

 porcelain-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs   China, another word for porcelain, indicates that China has achieved great achievement in porcelain making. There are dinner services, figurines and reproductions of antique vases, teapots and the like.

 3. Cloisonne

 jingtailan-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs  Cloisonne is a decorative technique for metalwork, especially brass, whereby colored enamel is baked between raised ridges of the metal.

 4. Silk

 silk-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs  Silk fabric was first developed in ancient China as early as 3500BC. Silk can be made into clothes, handkerchiefs etc. If you want to buy some gifts for your family and friends, the soft smooth silk is definitely the best choice.

 5. Jade

 jade-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs Jade is regarded by the Chinese as a stone descended from heaven. They value its hard, cool texture and translucent colors. It is extremely difficult to carve but China’s craftsmen create incredibly intricate ornaments and jewelry from jade.

 6. Painting and callgraphy

 painting&callgraphy-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs  Painting and callgraphy works are found in hundreds of stores. They vary in age, quality and price with the finest being true works of art. The brushes, ink slabs, ink and paper that were the scholars traditional tools can be found in most antique shops. One of the best sources is the China Book Store, off the courtyard-parking in East Liulichang.

 7. Lacquerware

 lacquerware-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs  Chinese lacquer ware refers to household utensils, handicrafts and artworks coated with lacquer in ancient China. It is an ingenious invention and a pearl of Chinese artworks. Lacquer ware boasts a long history which can be dated back to the remote ages in China.

 8. Beijing Roast Duck

 duck-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs  Peking Duck is perhaps the most famous dish of Beijing. People whoever come to Beijing will have a taste of it. Peking Duck is traditionally served with Mandarin pancakes, and green onions for brushing on the hoisin sauce.

 9. Chinese Tea

 tea-Top 10 Beijing Souvenirs The history of Chinese Tea dates back to several thousand years ago. Chinese people are used to drinking tea after meal. Drinking tea is very good for health. Reseach shows that the composition called Tea Polyphenol is effetive on preventing cancer.

 10. Chinese Traditional Medicine

 tcm  Believe it or not, Chinese Traditional Medicine has cured countless disease druing China’s history. TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.) It is often used to nurse one’s health as well as cure diseases.

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