Rong Bao Zhai
The Rong Bao Zhai Studio (Studio of Glorious Treasures), the largest art shop
in China, is on Liu Li Chang and specializes in the sale of traditional
Chinese art works. These include watercolor woodblock reproductions,
original paintings of modern and contemporary China, as well as
artists' supplies such as brushes. inksticks, rice paper, and inkstones.
Rong Bao Zhai also has a watercolor woodblock reproduction shop
and if you have the time to tour the four processing workshops -
tracing, carving. Printing, and mounting - you will be amazed at
the exquisite workmanship displayed by the artists at work. Modern
printing cannot faithfully reproduce these paintings and it is only
in the Rong Bao Zhai that reproductions have been successfully made
using woodblock printing in which a block of pear wood is made for
each color and then individually applied. In the 1960's Rong Bao
Zhai reproduced the famous Song painting, "Han Xi Zai's Evening
Party" by Gu Hongzhong. Depicting the life of ancient nobles
during the Five Dynasties period (907-960 A.D.), the original contained
scores of figures all with very complicated colors. The reproduction
displayed on the wall of the store is faithful to the original and
required three thousand woodblocks for its realization.
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"