Curious collections of Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang Photos: Billie Feng

Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷) is a familiar name for local Beijing residents and tourists alike. Built in 1267, it is the only remaining traditional residential block that preserves Yuan Dynasty hutong in a chess-board layout, with its historic value unparalleled by any other residential area in Beijing. As is known, the traditional hutong block boasts a 786-meter north-south street lined with various specialty stores on both sides. Unlike the Hongqiao Pearl Market or the Silk Market, many of the stores don’t have bargain prices because commodities of the same type or quality cannot be found anywhere else. The following are some highly recommended special stores where people can enjoy a perfect combination of tradition and modernity.

Sheng Tang Peony store

The store deals in traditional Chinese clothes. Patterns on its clothes are designed by contemporary artists and hand-embroidered. With its business concept of “Physical and Mental Cultivation, Only for a Few People”, its products are targeted at a small group of consumers who admire traditional beauty. Currently, an increasing number of foreign people in China like to try the traditional Chinese clothes. 

The four classic cheongsams for women

Two pieces of imperial style dress: the yellow and red colors were for exclusive use by the imperial families. 

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