Antique Xian's Markets and Shops Walk, Xian (Self Guided)

Xian, besides being an amazing historical city, is a nice place for shopping. Xian has a lot of shops where you can find a large variety of local and imported goods. The prices vary from very cheap to extremely expensive - you can purchase a small Chinese souvenir or a veritable 100 years old silk painting. We invite you to take a walking tour through Xian's most popular markets and shops.
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Antique Xian's Markets and Shops Walk Map

Guide Name: Antique Xian's Markets and Shops Walk
Guide Location: China » Xian (See other walking tours in Xian)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Author: helenp
Shaanxi History Museum Gift Shop

1) Shaanxi History Museum Gift Shop

This is the biggest antique shop in Xi'an. This gift shop not only offers a large variety of items, but also guarantees that all of them are certified by experts in art and history. Of course, if you can't afford the original statues, pottery, etc., there are exact copies available.
Zhuque Antique Market

2) Zhuque Antique Market

The Zhuque Antique Market also called the Xian Antique market is the largest market of its kind in the city. Serious collectors from all over China and the world come here to find ancient objects from the many well known dynasties that once ruled the country.

The Zhuque Antique Market is located between the Zhuque Street and the South Second Ring Road. It was established in 1998. There are hundreds of shops selling genuine antiques for collectors and replicas for tourists to purchase as souvenirs. A morning market is held on Saturdays where serious antique collectors come to find treasures.

The Zhuque Antique Market sells all types of antiques from furniture to ancient coins. Visitors can buy silk rugs, woolen blankets, tri colored pottery from the Tang Dynasty, vases, jade objects, cloisonné objects, porcelain vases and pots from different dynasties, paintings, calligraphy, clay models from the terracotta army museum located near the city and bronze artifacts. Serious collectors may also find genuine vases from the Ming Dynasty. Two halls at the market house an antique exchange where Chinese and international antique dealers meet and interact with each other. Antiques falling under 35 categories and over 200 types are sold and purchased every day at the Zhuque Antique Market.
Farmers' Paintings Shop

3) Farmers' Paintings Shop

Farmers' Paintings Shop is situated behind the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. This small shop offers a wide selection of Chinese folk and peasant paintings. The artists often represent birds, flowers, animals and farmers in their paintings. The drawing technique they use is Chinese brush painting. This type of art is extremely popular among Huxian peasants who make their living selling these paintings.
The Promise Antique City (Wu Ji )

4) The Promise Antique City (Wu Ji )

Xian is heaven for antique hunters and Wu Ji Antique City is an ideal place to spend your time looking for antique treasures. The city covers a surface of 7,000 square meters and comprises over 600 antique shops. Also, it is a suitable place to acquaint yourself with China's unique culture while buying souvenirs.
Arts Street (Shu Yuan Men)

5) Arts Street (Shu Yuan Men) (must see)

The Shu Yuan Men Street also called the Arts Street or the Calligraphy Street has shops dating back to over 400 years. They sell Chinese arts, crafts, calligraphy and traditional Chinese paintings.

The Shu Yuan Men Street is a small crowded street located behind the Forest of Steles Museum in Xian. The entrance is through an ancient gate called the South Gate. The street gets its name from the Guanzhong Shuyuan which was once a school for classical learning. Today, the Xian normal School and a primary school are located on the site of the old Guanzhong Shuyuan. The shops retain the old facades of buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

The Shu Yuan Men Street has stores selling traditional hand crafted objects. Oriental paintings of different styles are also available at the market. Visitors looking for genuine calligraphy scrolls can buy them at the many stores located here. They also sell calligraphy brushes, inks and other accessories for serious calligraphists. One can also buy jade articles, jewelry, antiques and folk artifacts at the market. The old Muslim Quarter at the northern end of the street has a gallery of traditional Chinese paintings. The gallery is housed in an old Ming style building with a courtyard where artists still produce traditional Chinese paintings.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Xian for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Xian has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Xian, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.