Old Street

Top choice gifts & souvenirs in Old Town

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This renovated Qing dynasty stretch of Middle Fangbang Rd is lined with specialist tourist shops, spilling forth with shadow puppets, jade jewellery, embroidered fabrics, kites, horn combs, chopsticks, zǐshā teapots, old advertising posters, banknotes, Tibetan jewellery, the usual knock-off Mao memorabilia, reproduction 1930s posters, old illustrated books and calligraphy manuals, and surreal 3D-dazzle kitten photos.

Since the closure of the long-standing Dongtai Road Antique Market, some interesting items show up in these shops, but it's best not to assume anything is a genuine antique.


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