The Liulichang is a famous district in down-town Beijing that is known for a series of traditional Chinese stone dwellings housing that sells various craftwork, artistry, and antiques. The street is a mixture of state-run and privately owned shops. Customers are recommended by shop owners to bargain before making purchases. There are also traditional teahouses and wineshops, as well as many restaurants.
According to local legend, during then Ming and Qing dynasties, Liulichang was a favorite haunt for scholars, painters and calligraphers gathered to write, compile and purchase books, as well as to paint and compose poetry, and by the Kangxi period (1661-1722), Liulichang had become one of the most flourishing cultural centers in all of Beijing. Large scale renovation in modern time have transformed this place into an antique market that resembles a Chinese village. The many shops that located on the street are filled with a variety of Chinese folk arts such paintings, calligraphy, pottery, carpets, vases, books, scrolls and chops. It is a popular destination for tourists (mainly foreign tourists) to Beijing who wish to experience the commercial aspect of popular Chinese folk artwork in Beijing without the bustling traffic.