Shopping in Tianjin

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    Nírén Zhāng

    Trading under the name of the artist (Zhang Mingshen) who invented Tianjin's most famous craftwork almost 200 years ago, the inconspicuous first-floor premises of Nírén Zhāng is a wonderful place to browse for Tiānjīn Nírén (天津泥人) – playful childlike clay figurines representing traditional Chinese activities and traits.

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    New Year Paintings Gallery

    The former canal-side market town of Yangliuqing is famous throughout China for producing Chinese New Year block-printed paintings that people hang in their homes for good luck. This small gallery showcases some lovely examples and also has some for sale; you can take home an easy-to-transport scroll version for less than ¥200.

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    Ancient Culture Street

    Ancient Culture Street is stuffed with vendors flogging Chinese calligraphy, paintings, tea sets, paper cuts, clay figurines, chops and goods from all over China. The fascinating Tianhou Temple, Tianjin’s version of the shrine dedicated to the goddess of sailors (one is found in every Chinese seaport), is also here, as well as an unusual shoe museum.

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    Vintage Travel Zakka

    This cutesy second-hand shop is an Aladdin's Cave of vintage China knickknacks, from communist-era match boxes and university lapel pins to 1980s cigarette cartons and dusty old unopened bottles of báijiǔ (白酒, Chinese liquor). Set back off Machang Dao behind a bicycle-repair cart.

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    Shanyangdao Antiques Market

    Best visited on Sunday, this antiques market is great for rifling through stamps, silverware, porcelain, clocks, Mao badges and Cultural Revolution memorabilia.