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Searching souvenirs during your 72 hours visa-free transit in Beijing

Since January 1st 2013 visitors who hold a passport issued by any of the 45 countries eligible for Beijing’s 72-hour visa-free transit policy that will remain in Beijing for no more than 72 hours while in transit can apply for 72-hours visa free transit stay in Beijing. If you fulfill all the necessary requirements for a visa-free transit stay in Beijing, you can check by clicking here and read everything you need to know about this new policy.

>>Handicraft works

Cloisonné



Cloisonné, as one of Chinese traditional and exquisite works of art, is also called enamel. It was first originated in the Yuan Dynasty and became popular during the period of Jingtai in the Ming Dynasty (from 1450 to 1456). As the result, the historical background of Cloisonné formed the first two words of its Chinese name, Jing and Tai. And the last word was based on its main glaze color, peacock blue and sapphire blue. So people used Lan which means blue in Chinese as the last word and created the Chinese name of Cloisonné, Jingtailan.

Where to find: Wangfujing and Nanluoguxiang.

Chinese knot



Knotting is a unique traditional handmade folk art in China. What makes it so famous and special is that the complicated patterns of a knot are woven from one piece of cord. It is also possible to combine different knots together to create more different and more various lucky patterns. Embodying plenty of spirit of the Orient, Chinese knot now is regarded as a symbol of Chinese wisdom and culture.

Where to find: Wangfujing and Nanluoguxiang.

Peking painted clay figurine

Painted clay figurines of Niren Zhang have been quite popular with young people in recent years. Compared with exaggerated modeling of a modern cartoon character, a Pecking painted clay figurine has more vivid expression, visual gesture and impressive costume. In addition, most of clay figurines are based on characters from famous Chinese classical novels, like The Water Margin (Shuihu), A Dream of Red Mansions (Hongloumeng) and Three Kingdoms (Sanguoyanyi).

Where to find: Niren Zhang, No.138 Wangfujing Road, Dongcheng district, Beijing.

>>Food

Peking duck



Among all Beijing cuisines for tourists to try, Peking duck is a must. It is known to the world for its eye-catching red color and succulent mellow taste. If you want to share the delicacy with your family who is far away from you, it doesn’t matter. The vacuum-packed Peking duck is a nice choice.

Where to find: Beijing Quanjude Restaurant Qianmen Branch, No.30 Qianmen Road, Beijing.

Daoxiangcun Dim Sum



The dim sum of Beijing Daoxiangcun has a long history and it can be traced back to the year of 1895. Its first shop was opened in Qianmen, near Guanyin Temple, and was founded by a boy from Fragrance Drifting Village in Suzhou. It was the first shop to supply the special food from south China. Specialties like pine nuts cakes, pastry with sweet stuffing, honey pie and pecan pie are all worth trying.

Where to find: No.130 Xidan North Road, Xicheng district, Beijing.

Do you still scratch your head for proper travel gifts of Beijing? Please don’t be confused and hesitated. Souvenirs list recommended on chinatraveldepot.com which ranges from handicraft works to special foods must meet every need of you. Carry a souvenir, keep the memory of China all along.