It is easy to miss the small Tibetan knick-knack shop
on Sanlitun's busy Bar Street. Set back from the road,
and no bigger than the average storefront, it's a colorful
slice of Shangrila among the mind-numbingly similar
Western restaurants and bars that line the road.
Opened late last year by artist You Tao, a native of
southwest China's Sichuan province, Angel Shop is a
cornucopia of Tibetan treasures. Every available space
is covered with jewelry, masks, carpets, wood carvings,
art and as well as other curios from Nepal, India, and
as far afield as Africa.
The colorful and lively jewelry includes Tibetan bracelets
ranging in cost from RMB30-RMB80, and religious amulets
for around RMB100. Necklaces that come in a variety
of materials and shapes range from RMB40-RMB80. Wood
carvings from Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria cost around
If you're in the mood for some spiritual shopping, or
just looking for a unique gift for a special friend,
perambulate over to Sanlitun's Angel Shop.
Angel Shop is located at No. 88 Sanlitun Bar Street,
Chaoyang District (near the 24-hour store)
Open Daily 9 am-9 pm