The famous Liulichang street lies in Hepingmen since
the Qing Dynasty for 200 years. There, those who failed
in the imperial examination usually sold their books and
inkslabs, and the declined families' heritages exchanged
money with their antique collections. It became gradually
a market consisted of about 100 SHops dealing in traditional
works and articles.
Works of Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese
paintings, old wood block-print books, Chinese ink bruSHes,
inkslabs and paper for calligraphy known as the for treasures
of the study and other scholars traditional tools can
be found in Liulichang.
Rongbaozhai, being the most important SHop there, has
more than 300 years' history and a fine copy technique
for old Chinese painting.