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Shu Yuan Men ( Ancient Culture Street)

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All reviews shops selling south gate stone steles pedestrian street chinese paintings both sides ming dynasty for sale food stalls muslim quarter bell tower arts calligraphy artists ink forest souvenirs
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fabulous street to witness the civilisation who invented / used extensively the paper, the calligraphy brushes, ink and ink stones. People took a lot of pride in their craft and goods..,

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank WonderWorldinUK
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A wide area of artists shops this street is a must see if you want some cultural immersion. I thought the prices for everything was reasonable and exploring the street and side alleys was a joy. My partner and I had a stamp made of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MattGrigg
Reviewed 31 December 2018

This street is basically for tourists. People working at the different shops lining both sides of the street wears special clothes and prices of food is also more expensive than in the Muslim quarter. If you have time, go to the real deal.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank madeleinbooth
Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

I love the vibes here, it reminds me of school days, there are shops selling writing paper, ink, ink blotter, old books, painting brush. The buildings are quaint and pretty and you get a glimpse of local folks going about their daily lives in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank travelbug0082
Reviewed 3 December 2018

this street is filled with chinese calligraphy shops, papers, brushes and even painting.. so only interesting for people who want to see or learn about this. you can see even how some of these stuffs are done. lots of painting shops too, maybe not very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

The street is a must, but only if you have time. It is not as good as it was a few years ago. A lot of a shop selling art and tools for art.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Marius P
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Not really a attraction in itself but lovely to pass through if you looking for art stuff, calligraphy pens

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Flitz8
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Very vivid. Accessible, and part of your way from other sites in the area. Colors and tastes. Lots of Chinese tourists (after the culture revolution - they also seek their heritage).

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MichalSB57
Reviewed 26 October 2018

It was cool to walk down a market type street that was selling something different. Pretty much everything for sale was either calligraphy related or art. It was pretty cool but I did feel like I was supposed to buy something as opposed to just...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kelbel51
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing souvenirs and very beautiful buildings. The people were very friendly and gave good prices. Definetly worth the time. Expect to spend maybe two hours here.

Date of experience: October 2018
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23 July 2017|
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Response from krida802000 | Reviewed this property |
The wall closes 6-7 P.m. During summer the South gate closes around 9 - 10 P.M. It is safe to walk around the tourist place in city and the wall.