Rong Bao Zhai

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Rong Bao Zhai

Rong Bao Zhai (荣宝斋) is a world-renowned old brand shop of calligraphy and painting works. It was founded in 1672. It is situated at Liulichang Street W. (or Liulichang Xi Jie), Hepingmen Wai in Beijing. It is a tall, richly ornamented building in the ancient style.

Rong Bao Zhai has long housed many treasures of the study. There are Baizitu ink of Cheng Jun Fang of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), palace brush pen with colored brush and gold lacquer of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), paper used in palace, crystal inkpad box, etc. In particular, there is a Tianhuang stone with the weight of 4,275 g, heaviest in the world.

In its business, Rong Bao Zhai attaches importance to the collection of treasures of calligraphy and painting works. And it is honored as a “civilian Imperial Palace.” For many years it has collected widely both ancient treasures and the works of modern and contemporary famous masters. There are some cultural relics of first State grade such as the remnant of the famous Tiaoxi Poem by Mi Fu. It is one of the units with the most varied cultural relics in Beijing.

In Rong Bao Zhai, wood-block water printing, a unique and ancient hand-printing technology in China, is kept alive. The copies of traditional Chinese paintings printed by this way look genuine. No other printing methods today can compare with this method.

Address: No.19 Liulichang Street W. (Liulichang Xi Jie), Beijing.

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