China is home to many unique handicraft items, such as calligraphy, auspicious knots, porcelain figures, carved stamps, paper cuttings, and many with a modern twist. Buying a handmade souvenir adds a special touch that is just not there with generic magnets and postcards. Here’s where to shop for some customised memories to bring home.
The 798 Arts District is home to modern and progressive artists. The old factory site has been transformed into one of the most fashionable areas in Beijing, where artist and designers alike showcase their work. Yet, it is not only for display; many items are for sale and could be the ideal souvenir to take home. The +86 Design Store has a number of household designs and other memorabilia to take home. They may not be the most China-representative, but nonetheless are unique presents with a modern twist.
How to get there: 798 Art District, take the subway line 14 to Wangjing South station and take the 403 bus to Dashanzi Lukou East station.