New Discoveries in Old Beijing
One of the main avenues through Beijing
's old hutong district, Gulou East Street (or, Gulou Dong Dajie) specializes in vintage clothing, Japanese imports, cheap musical instruments and dodgy video game shops. While stores tend to pop up and shut down fairly quickly on this street, the themes remain largely the same. Stop in Dragon House Vintage and Vintage Caravan for classic threads, then step into Ruoshuitang for something truly retro—a rice-paper umbrella made in the traditional fashion.