Shu Yuan Men ( Ancient Culture Street)

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Shu Yuan Men ( Ancient Culture Street)

Shu Yuan Men ( Ancient Culture Street)
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Ashaboo
Auckland Central, New Zealand117 contributions
Jan 2014 • Family
We have been to Shu Yuan Men many times and have been enthralled by it each time. There is always a photograph to be taken, whether it be the architecture, the sellers, or the practitioners of calligraphy. It is based mainly on calligraphy but you need to explore the nooks and crannies to find other things of interest as well. Make sure you look up at the architecture.

Down the middle of the street are street vendors selling a multitude of touristy things. What is good is that they don't hassle you; you can shop and window shop at your leisure.

If you want to visit the Beilin Museum you have to go to the end of this street and turn right and follow the road around. It does have a sign at the beginning of the street but it is not very visible.

Overall it is a nice change from the modern side of Xi'an.
Written February 1, 2014
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mattierot
Chicago, IL5 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
This is the only place I've seen in China where you can watch the people make the souveniers as you buy them. The artists are painting, making stamps (traditional Chinese things made from marble), practicing calligraphy, and so on. It's a much more peaceful walk, usually not very crowded, and the general ambiance is calm and open-minded. The artists don't shout at you to buy their wares (unlike Muslim Street). Prices are surprisingly fair (e.g. 30 yuan for stamps, 50 for some paintings). The stalls close early, around 6 pm, but stick around for some street bbq!
Written June 7, 2016
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Xi_anZh_y
xi'an24 contributions
One can buy writing brush, ink, paper and ink stone here. There are other crafts, such as paper-cut and ceramics.
Written February 16, 2012
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cyberpig
Malaysia29 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This place you can buy art and craft stuff. You can always get a good bargain in here. A lot nice thing to see.
Written September 9, 2018
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welltravelled0808
Atlanta, Georgia433 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Near the South Gate and the Beilin/Steele Museum. Quiet area with many shops selling calligraphy materials, art, chops, flutes … It feels like a missed opportunity for the shops to vary what they sell; many of the shops are the same. After touring the Stone Steles Museum and watching them make a press of one stele, the shops could be selling much nicer versions of their own. Our entire trip we were looking for unique t-shirts, scarves … with creative art and beautiful characters for gifts/mementos.
Not a lot of English. Definitely go to the Stone Stele Museum and enjoy this street as you walk to it.
Written June 18, 2017
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paolitaesco
Medellin, Colombia66 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
Walk around, check the calligraphy shops. Inside the walls, walking distance from the Drum and bell towers.
Written January 16, 2017
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Keith-Clan
Appleby-in-Westmorland, UK69 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
One of our best discoveries in Xian. Great art for sale and an area for gentle browsing. We bought paintings and antiques. Belgian Bar behind Back Packers Hotel good for a beer.
Written April 23, 2016
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MizuhoK
Hino, Japan2,812 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
I don't know if the title 古代文化街 is well accepted, at least my guide book, which is very well sold doesn't mention it. The streets towards Beilin Museum are called 书院门 and 三学街 where many shops selling calligraphy goods such as brushes and cake inks. Even if you're not interested in calligraphy, still you can enjoy here for souvenir shoppings. Good entree before Beilin Museum to taste Chinese calligraphy arts and culture.
Written October 13, 2015
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Backpack Israel
Jerusalem, Israel157 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
Very nice and interesting street, full of stalls and shops selling all kinds of great things. You can see a lot of calligraphy here, scultures out of jade and you can also see some vendors playing the Xun - that's a really beautiful small instrument that reminded me of a flute. The music it makes is really pleasant. If you like artworks, crafts, then you should go. If you need some souvenirs to take home to your friends and family, then you can find plenty here!
Written March 21, 2013
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Koloblicin
Singapore, Singapore595 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
This ancient street has tons of calligraphy items for sale. Only visit if you have spare time to kill.
Written February 24, 2020
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