The Shuyuan, or Academy of Classical Learning Gate was named for the Guanzhong College that used to be located there. Guanzhong College was the most famous college in China during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. Today, the ancient Academy Gate stands at the entrance to a cultural street. The cultural street was created in the early 1990s. The buildings lining the street are built in the style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. They are not cheap imitations of ancient buildings but built with the same quality and attention to detail that the originals had. Add this fascinating ancient street on your Xi'an tours bucket list!
The buildings are covered with hand-carved bricks, carved wooden doors, and tiled roofs. Visiting this street really feels like stepping back into time. It gives visitors a taste of what an ancient commercial street was like in ancient China. The shops do not offer mass-produced tourist souvenirs but really works of art. There are art shops which handcraft their own traditional Chinese paintbrushes, jade shops selling exquisitely carved jades, fan shops selling hand-painted silk and folding fans, music shops selling traditional Chinese musical instruments, shops selling Xun which is the Chinese version of the ocarina and is unique to Xi'an, and so much more. The items in these shops are very beautiful and offer visitors a chance to take home a real Chinese work of art.
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