New Year Pictures
Yangliuqing New Year Pictures date back to the early 17th century and
originated in Yangliuqing Town on the western outskirts of Tianjin.
They are one of the three best known types of New Year pictures in China.
The pictures are woodcut prints which are painted in colors so that
they are both woodcuts and folk paintings. The themes of the pictures
are based on real life, folk customs and historical stories. As a form
of folk art they are treasured by the people.
The larger trading districts and streets are Binjiang Road, Heping Road,
Xiaobai Building, Clothing Street, Trading City in the southwest corner,
Zhongshan Road. Tonglou and Nanlu. The busiest are Binjiang Road Trading
Street. cm the west haul, of Haihe River, and Heping Road Trading Street.
The shops on the two streets include old places such as Quanyechang,
Hua- Trade Mansion, Department Store, Tianjin Shoe Store, Hengdeli Clock
and Wristwatch Store, Guanshengyuan Food Store and Sheng- Hat Store.
The streets also have shopping centers and authorized sellers such as
Binjiang Trade Mansion, Gilly Building, International Emporium. Walking
St. on the Binjiang Rd. features a variety stores and attracts many
tourists. In the evening people eat snacks beneath the colored lamps
in front of these stores and this is one of the night scenes of the
During the past few years many specialized markets have opened in Tianjin.
The larger and better known ones include Dahutong Wholesale Market for
Household Articles, Tanggu Imported Goods Market and Wenzhou Clothing
City Wholesale Market. The Shenyang Road Antique Market at the Intersection
of Shenyang and Shandong roads in Heping District is a large distribution
and collection center for antiques. There are about 100 shops and more
than 300 peddlers. They deal in ancient porcelain, furniture, paintings,
calligraphic works, writing articles and other antiques. The shops also
buy articles and the market is frequented by Chinese and foreign collectors
and lovers of antiques. In addition, there are many special local products
such as the Yangliuqing New Year pictures, colored clay sculptures by
the Zhang family, kites by the Wei family and Tianjin tapestries and