Souvenir shops in Beijing are an important part of tourism in the Chinese capital, and can be found in a number of traditional commercial areas. Buying a handmade souvenir adds a special touch that is not found in other gifts, so here are some famous local stores for buying the best traditional souvenirs in Beijing.

Gulou Street

Lake Huhai is one of the beautiful places in the center of Beijing, and has some alleys leading to it a number of small shops, some of which can be found handcrafted treasures. Beyond the Lake District, East Gullu Street also has a selection of places where you can find the best handcrafted souvenirs in it. Also, some clothes or accessories from local designers like Spoon House will provide beautiful souvenirs to take home with you.

Arts District

798 Arts District is home to contemporary and progressive artists. The site of the old factory has been converted into one of the most modern areas of Beijing, where artists and designers alike showcase their work. There are so many items on sale that can be a perfect souvenir to take home, and the +86 Design Store contains a number of home designs and other souvenirs. This avenue may not be the most representative of China, but nonetheless it provides unique gifts with a touch of modern development.

Qianmen

The Qianmen pedestrian street has historically been a group of local companies, and still retains this character today. The shops on this street aim to preserve the essence of Imperial China. So, shopping for souvenirs can be a fun experience if you are looking for originality and diversity.

Neiliansheng is among the most prominent shops in Qianmen, a shoemaker making shoes the same way they were made during two centuries during the Qing dynasty. The street is also filled with a number of jewelry stores that offer a range of bracelets made of jade, amber and other stones.

Woodward Wudaoying

Wudaoying Alley is one of the most famous alleys next to Lama Temple. Although it is home to a number of restaurants, some plazas have also been rebuilt to serve as stores selling all kinds of crafts. Items on offer range from small jewelry, necklaces, and delicious additions to modern homes, such as those in Plastered 8. During the day, passersby can monitor artists during work, and talk to them. Artwork, or Tangka as it is called in Tibet, is drawn on silk or cotton.

Nanluoguxiang in the evening
Nanluoguxiang in the evening

Chinese shoes in Qianmen
Chinese shoes in Qianmen

Department stores in Nanluoguxiang
Department stores in Nanluoguxiang

Lake Huhai
Lake Huhai

Avenue of Arts in Beijing
Avenue of Arts in Beijing

Engraved seal with Chinese characters
Engraved seal with Chinese characters

Wudaoying Alley Shopping Mall
Wudaoying Alley Shopping Mall

Artist at 798 Art District
Artist at 798 Art District

Plastered 8 store in Beijing
Plastered 8 store in Beijing

Shop in Gulu
Shop in Gulu

From shopping in Beijing
From shopping in Beijing

From the shopping streets in the Chinese capital
From the shopping streets in the Chinese capital

Souvenirs in Gulou
Souvenirs in Gulou

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