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Calligraphy Rubbings
 

Thanks to the famous Forest of Steles located in Xi' an, the city has become known for its excellent collections of calligraphy masterpieces.


Green Porcelain
 

Most often used for making teapots, this special method of porcelain production renders the material dainty yet resistant. In regards to the design, blues and greens prevail with traditional floral themes seen most often.

 

Paper Cuttings
 
Paper cutting is widely practiced throughout China, but residents of Shaanxi province are particularly fond of the art. Not only are the paper cuttings themselves viewed as merry decorations, the act of creating them is viewed as an art form and a celebratory activity, and is most often done around weddings and Spring Festival. The cuttings can be likened to extremely ornate paper dolls, and often depict symbols of luck, prosperity and happiness.

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Tang Pottery Replicas
 
Animal figurines, plates, teacups and vases molded, glazed and fired in the Tang style remind us that Xi'an was the nation's capital during the Tang Dynasty

Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907)
Site of Capital: Xi'an (then called Chang'an)
China's first golden age. The Silk Road turned Chang'an into the world's greatest metropolis. The arts flourished: poetry reached its greatest heights. Buddhism enjoyed great favor – some of China's greatest religious art dates from this time. From the mid-8th century, rebellion weakened the dynasty and finally ended it. [ Dynasties ]

Do not believe any merchant claiming to sell the real thing: Tang originals would be around 1300 years old, and therefore priceless. The replicas, however, are no less pretty for being recently produced. Glazed in yellow, green and white or yellow, green and brown, these pieces are often referred to as "Tang tri-color ceramics".


Dong Dajie Commercial Street
 
The stores along Dong Da Jie are largely separated into sections by merchandise. There you'll find the Luomashi clothing market, the Tanshi vegetable and food mall, Qianjin Shoes and Hats, and stores selling reading glasses, clocks and watches, restaurants, and other miscellany.

Jiefang Lu Commercial Street
 
The classier Jiefang Road is a compact commercial district housing most of Xi'an's upscale malls and department stores, banks, hotels and restaurants.

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Xi'an Wuji Antique Market
 
Calligraphy, the "four treasures of the study" (calligraphy brushes, instones, ink sticks and paper), jade products and Tibetan relics are the key items up for sale at Wuji Antique Market. Lovely home accents and collectibles are found at every stall in this 10 building, 7000 square meter complex.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2008 )
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