Basic Information of the Liulichang Cultural Street
Chinese Name: 琉璃厂文化街 Pronunciation: Liúlíchǎng Wénhuàjiē
Length: 750 meters
Suggested Visiting Time: About one hour
Address: South Xinhua Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
Brief Introduction of the Liulichang Cultural Street
Located south of the Peace Gate of Xicheng District in Beijing, the Liulichang Cultural Street extends from Yanshousi Street in the east, South Xinhua Street in the middle, to Nanbeiliu Lane in the west, with a total length of 750 meters.
It is a famous cultural street in Beijing, showcasing traditional Chinese culture. There are nearly 100 shops along the street, such as the Studio of Glorious Treasures, Huaiyin Mountain Room, China Bookshop, etc. The old street is filled with classical cultural articles, such as curios, calligraphy, paintings, the four treasures of the study, ancient books, etc.
History of the Liulichang Cultural Street
In the Liao Dynasty (907-1125), the Liulichang Cultural Street was “Haiwang Village”, located outside the east wall of Nanjing City.
The Aerial View
During the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties, an official kiln was opened here to make glazed tiles for the imperial palace, hence the name “Liulichang” (In Chinese, liuli refers to colored glaze and chang means factory).
In the early Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), antique dealers began to sell curios and ancient books here. In the Qianlong period (1736-1796) of the Qing Dynasty, Liulichang has become a collection and distribution center for antiques, calligraphy works and paintings, ancient books, and inscriptions, and the four treasures of the study. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it is more abundant with the cultural atmosphere.
Since the 1980s, the Liulichang Cultural Street has undergone several renovations, leaving this famous ancient cultural street a new look.
Most Popular Shops
Studio of Glorious Treasures
Studio of Glorious Treasures
Studio of Glorious Treasures (Rong Bao Zhai) is the most famous and the oldest shop in the Liulichang Cultural Street. It is developed from “Songzhu Studio”, which was founded in 1672. And in the 20th year(1894) of Guangxu, it was renamed “Studio of Glorious Treasures”. The Number One Scholar (Zhuangyuan, a title conferred on the one who came first in the highest imperial examination) Lu Runxiang wrote the name “Studio of Glorious Treasures” for the shop.
The business scope of Studio of Glorious Treasures is very wide, from the four treasures of the study to albums of paintings, from calligraphy works, paintings, and seal carving to framed picture scrolls, covering almost everything. It is said that the paperweight used by the famous scholar Mr. Shen Junru in the film “The Birth of New China” was purchased from the studio.
The studio is also well-known for an expert copy technique; the products from this method cannot be easily distinguished from the original, such as “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”.
The China Bookshop is located in the east of South Xinhua Street. It specializes in collecting ancient Chinese books, rubbings, newspapers, and magazines, selling newly printed ancient books and research-related books and picture albums, as well as the four treasures of the study.
It was established on November 4, 1952. It is the first well-known cultural enterprise in China that integrates acquisition, distribution, publication, and auction. For a long time, China bookshop has carried out effective excavation and rescue of Chinese ancient books and periodicals.
In the past, calligraphers and celebrities, such as He Shaoji, Lu Runku, Kang Youwei, Hua Shikui, Weng Tong, Liang Qichao, etc. have inscribed plaques for bookstores and cultural relic shops in the street.
In the Republic of China, the older generation of calligraphers and painters such as Yu Youren, Zhang Daqian, and Qi Baishi were frequent visitors here.
There are many old shops selling antiques and the four treasures of the study. You can buy good traditional paintings and calligraphy works, paper, and pen in Huaiyin Mountain Room, Studio of Glorious Treasures, Excellent Culture Pavilion, and Yide Pavilion.
Most of the things sold in the Liulichang Cultural Street are antiques and some of the four treasures of the study and small crafts are worth buying.
In Peace Gate, not far from Liulichang, there is the famous “Quanjude Roast Duck” restaurant.
Ways to Get to the Liulichang Cultural Street
Take bus 66, 7, 14, 15 or 70 and get off at Liulichang Station.
Take Metro Line 7 and get off at Hufangqiao Station, exit B, and walk westward for 60 meters along the side road of Zhushikou Xidajie(Zhushikou West St.), go across the road and turn right into Nanxinhuajie(South Xinhua St.), walk about 630 meters to the destination.
Take Metro Line 2, get off at Hepingmen Station, exit D2 (southwest exit), and walk southward for 20 meters along the side road of Xuanwumen Dongdajie(East Xuanwumen St. ), turn right into Nanxinhuajie(South Xinhua St.), walk about 510 meters to the destination.
Chinese: 请带我去琉璃厂文化街。English: Please take me to the Liulichang Cultural Street.
If you go to the Liulichang Cultural Street from the center of Beijing (Grand Hyatt Beijing), it takes about 20 minutes (about 20 yuan).
If you go to the Liulichang Cultural Street from Beijing Capital International Airport, it takes about 50 minutes (about 110 yuan).
If you go to the Liulichang Cultural Street from Beijing Daxing International Airport, it takes about 65 minutes (about 170 yuan).
If you go to the Liulichang Cultural Street from Beijing West Train Station, it takes about 20 minutes (about 20 yuan).