Together with 5 other teachers, we took about 60 students to Beijing and Xi'An for a 7 days 'Windows of the World' study trip.
Shu Yuan Jie & Old Ancient walls of Xi'An
Shuyuan street got its name because the Guanzhong Shuyuan (central Shaanxi academy, established in the Ming Dynasty), which was one of the leading academies in ancient China and the highest institution of Shaanxi Province in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, was located here. Most storekeepers, sitting leisurely in their stores, holding a little teapot or two small jade balls in their hands, never hustle. These stores deal mostly in the four treasures of study; curios, jade articles, gold and silver ornaments, calligraphies and paintings of celebrities, copybooks and handcrafted keepsakes.
This is a sketch of one such shop selling anything from chinese ink to calligraphy papers to myriads of chinese brushes.