Woodblock Carving: Learn the History, Pick Up Prints!
Tianjin is famous for its traditional woodblock carvings. The local style is the Yangliuqing New Year Pictures, which feature chubby-cheeked figures and bright colors; they may depict a wide range of themes. Before you set out to buy your own items, check out the Museum, for a sense of what to look for, how they're made, and what you like. The production process, as much as the final product is what makes the art so special. A prescribed method of making the woodblocks requires tracing, carving, printing, and painting. Once you've had enough of the museum, head a little further north to Yangliuqing Painting Store (107号 Cheng Xiang Dong Lu, Nan Kai Qu, Tianjin, China) to pick up some artwork to take home for yourself or your friends.