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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Folk Arts and Handicrafts

Ancient Beijing folk arts and handcrafts feature various forms and profound history. Works of different ages record Beijingers’ life and entertainment at different times. Beijing palace lantern, glassware, flower arrangement art, cloisonné craftsmanship, lacquer engraving, woodblock watermark technique and son fully display Beijingers’ intelligence and wisdom in different ages.

» Beijing Carved Porcelain
Beijing Carved Porcelain
Carved porcelain (刻瓷) is a sort of traditional folk handicraft gathering with painting, calligraphy and engraving. Various figures or patterns are carved on porcelain by special tools. With the development of porcelain industry in Jin and Wei Dynasties, a number of delicate chinaware were produced. Emperors, officeholder and some literary men engraved some poets or pictures on porcelains to keep them for a long time, which was the embryonic form of carved porcelain.

» Beijing Glassware
Beijing Glassware
As the traditional handicraft of Beijing, glassware (料器) is made of glass strip, exploited from Zibo, Shandong province. After melting, Glass strip is shaped into various forms such as vegetables, fruits, animals, etc..

» Beijing Palace Lantern
Beijing Palace Lantern
Palace lantern (宫灯), just as its name implies, was a kind of lighting tool used in royal court in ancient time. Beijing palace lantern could be dated from Yongle period of Ming Dynasty, when the emperor of Yongle moved capital to Beijing, he called up skilled craftsmen from all over the country to make lanterns for royal court. The manufacturing process of palace lantern is complex, about hundreds of processes in total.

» Cheongsam Production Techniques
Cheongsam Production Techniques
Cheongsam (旗袍), the traditional cloth of Chinese female in the Republic of China, is reviewed as the most gorgeous culture in Chinese fashion culture of long history. On 23rd, May, 2011, cheongsam production technique has been listed into the third state-level non-material cultural heritage protection.

» Cloisonne Craftsmanship
 Cloisonne Craftsmanship
Cloisonne (景泰蓝), one of special arts and crafts in China, is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork ware. It is said that the technique appeared in spring an autumn period and got prevailing in the year of Jingtai, Ming Dynasty. The primary color is blue, hence the Chinese Name of “Jingtai Lan”.

» Inside Painted Snuff Bottle
Inside Painted Snuff Bottle
Inside painted snuff bottle (内画鼻烟壶) is special traditional handicraft with a history of nearly 200 years. It is regarded as a brilliant pearl of the folk handicraft and was selected into National nonmaterial Cultural Heritage List a short time ago. Painting insides is drawn in glass or amber snuff bottle with special tiny brush.

» Lacquer Engraving
Lacquer Engraving
Lacquer engraving (雕漆) is to coast the roughcast with layers of lacquer and then engrave patterns on the lacquer such as landscapes, human figures, flowers, birds and animals. Lacquer engraving is an important component of lacquer technique and one of the traditional arts and crafts in Beijing, substantially embodying the technique and wisdom of our artists.

» Tangbu Rong
Tangbu Rong
Rongbu Tang (唐布绒), with a history of more than 160 years, derived from the middle period of Qing Dynasty. It is highly recognized as the “living fossil” of folk crafts by professionals. Rongbu Tang is both the nickname of Mr. Tang Qiliang-a famous craftsman and his products - toys with downy materials including wool and cotton (literally meaning "rongbu" in Chinese).

» Woodblock Watermark Technique
Woodblock Watermark Technique
Woodblock watermark technique (木版水印技艺) has a long history and tradition in China. In 2006, it was included in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage by the State Council. Woodblock watermark technique uses pen, knife, brush, rake, traditional Chinese painting color and water as basic tool with the purpose of recovering the artistic form of traditional painting.

» Beijing Palace Carpet Weaving Skills
Beijing Palace Carpet Weaving Skills
Beijing palace carpet weaving skills (北京宫毯织造技艺), as one part of Beijing culture, is a kind of traditional handicraft of Beijing with unique regional and royal characteristic. Palace carpet arose in Ming and Qing Dynasties in the way of state-ownership.

» Beijing Figuriness
Beijing Figuriness
As the particular folk art of Beijing, Beijing figurines (北京绢人) is made of silk with a history of more than 1,000 years. Characters are mostly taken from beautiful traditional Chinese women in folk story, figures in opera and folk dance styles.

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