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Q: Small unknown shops to buy Christmas gifts in Beijing?

I'm starting to plan ahead and thinking of the Christmas gifts I'm going to have to buy and bring back home for family and friends this Christmas. Preferably I'm looking for small and not too pricey.

 

Anyone know any smaller shops with original stuff? I heard in certain hutongs around YongheGong there were some interesting things.

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7 years 51 weeks ago in  Shopping - Beijing

 
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Indeed, go to 鼓楼东大街(gu lou east road), and 南罗鼓巷(nan luo gu xiang), which are linked, and there you will find many small shops filled with a bit of everything. I usually do my christmas shopping there.

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