Beijing Christmas Shopping Guide: Unique gifts with a Chinese twist!

Getting ready to leave for the holidays? Don’t forget to take some special gifts back home with you! Read on to find out the best places in Beijing to buy unique gifts with a special Chinese twist!

Beijing Postcards

This shop and gallery specialises in old photos and maps of China, particularly Beijing. They also make cool accessories with them, such as cushions and bags!

Find it: 97, Yangmeizhu Xiejie. Open 12-6pm Wednesday-Sunday. Nearest subway: Qianmen

Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre

Cultural Keys is your best bet for beautiful custom-made calligraphy, which makes a great personalised gift for any occasion! We also have Feiyue Shoes, vintage items, painted gourds, rubbings from stele from the Shaolin Temple, vouchers for our classes, and small items that make great stocking fillers!

Find it: 191 (North Door), Beijie, Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang Art District, Tongzhou. Open 12-6pm Saturdays and Sundays . Nearest subway: Dongxiayuan. Or see our Facebook store (search for Cultural Keys and then click on ‘store’).

Jingcheng Baixing 京城百姓

This little treasure trove on Guozijian has thousands of items packed into its tiny space: beautiful wooden trays, copper kitchen ware, rabbit god statues and gourds in all shapes and sizes are just some of the highlights!

Find it: Guozijian Jie (no number but look for the polystyrene rabbit god outside). Open 10-6 every day. Nearest subway: Andingmen.

Liuba Draws

No artist makes their love for Beijing as obvious as Luiba! She sells 2020 calendars, colouring books, pictures, keyrings, tote bags and greetings cards all featuring her charming drawings of the capital.

Find her: WeChat: Liubatje; Weidian: or at Christmas markets around Beijing!

Plastered 8

Find colourful jackets, t-shirts, bags and socks here, all with a 1960s-1990s Beijing theme!

Find it: 61, Nanluoguxiang. Open 9.30am-11pm every day. Nearest subway: Nanluoguxiang. Or: 60, Wudaoying Hutong. Open 10am-8pm every day. Nearest subway: Yonghegong.

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About Us

Interested in learning more about and experiencing the traditional culture of China?

Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre, a registered company in Hong Kong, Beijing and the UK, was founded in 2013 by three expats who were inspired by the difficulty of accessing authentic traditional culture in Beijing.
Since then, Cultural Keys has helped hundreds of people do exactly that.


Founded by British expats Nicola Doering and AJ Donnelly, Cultural Keys is run on the love and passion we have for traditional Chinese culture.

We believe 100% in making the beauty, wisdom and traditions of Chinese culture available to everyone.


And because we are a foreign-owned and foreign run company, we can see Chinese culture through unique eyes, and are able to work with our expert teachers to tailor all our classes, products and services in a way that makes our content most accessible to our clients.

Experience the joy of traditional Chinese culture with Cultural Keys

So no matter what your reason for being interested in this country and its culture, whether at our culture centre, at your school or office, at iconic locations around China or on our website and social media channels, when you are with Cultural Keys you truly have the opportunity to unlock the potential of China!

Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre

191 (North Door A), Xiaopu North Road
Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang
Tongzhou, Beijing

北京市, 通州区, 宋庄镇,
小堡村, 小堡北街191号 (北门-A)

+86 18611558781
010 89595202

Monday – Friday: By Appointment
Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm