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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Lhasa

Dropenling

This impressive nonprofit enterprise aims to bolster traditional Tibetan handicrafts in the face of rising Chinese and Nepali imports. Products are unique and of high quality, and they are made using traditional tec…
Top Choice Art in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Grotto Fine Art

This exquisite gallery, founded by a scholar in Hong Kong art, is one of very few that represents predominantly local artists. The small but excellent selection of works shown ranges from painting and sculpture to c…
Arts & Crafts in Zhūxiān Zhèn

Yǐnshì Lǎo Tiānchéng

The artist/owner of this woodblock printing workshop, Mr Yin (尹), is a fifth-generation artisan whose family has been in business for more than 200 years. A beautifully bound book of prints, with English explanation…
Arts & Crafts in Shēnzhèn

Dàfēn Oil Painting Village

A real eye-opener: 600 studios-cum-stores, churning out thousands of copies of Rembrandt, Renoir and Picasso paintings every week, and some original work, in laneways for all to see. Prices start from ¥200. Exit the…
Art in Dashilar & Xīchéng South

Róngbǎozhāi

Spread over two floors and sprawling down a length of the road, the scroll paintings, woodblock prints, paper, ink and brushes here are presented in a rather flat, uninspired way by bored staff – a consequence of it…
Arts & Crafts in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Three Stone Kite Shop

The great-grandfather of the owner of this friendly store used to make the kites for the Chinese imperial household. Most of the kites here are handmade and hand-painted, although the selection is limited these days…
Arts & Crafts in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Queen’s Road West Incense Shops

At 136–150 Queen's Rd West, there are shops selling incense and paper offerings for the dead. The latter are burned to propitiate departed souls and the choice of combustibles is mind-blowing – dim sum, iPad, Rolexe…
Arts & Crafts in Lhasa

Barkhor Supermarket

The souvenir stalls that once clogged the Barkhor circuit were recently shepherded into this new three-storey concrete building with a Tibetan facade. It's quite charmless and there are no antiques here, but there's…
Arts & Crafts in The Bund & People's Square

Duǒyúnxuān Art Shop

A multistorey, traditional-looking building (look for the two enormous calligraphy brushes outside) with an excellent selection of art and calligraphy supplies. The 2nd and 3rd floors house antiques as well as excel…
Arts & Crafts in Dashilar & Xīchéng South

Xían Yàn Tāng

Tucked down a tiny alley lined with examples of its handmade wares, this cubbyhole of a shop turns out traditional shadow puppets (¥25 to ¥150). They come in all shapes and sizes, and you can get them framed (they m…