“Diǎn mǎo” is a phrase of Beijing dialect, which means to go to a place and to experience that place. It also reminds me of a part of my grandfather’s routine as an old Beijinger. He went to the Baoguo Temple every Thursday. The Baoguo Temple has become a well-known antique collectors market in Beijing for several years. It is not only a market for antiquarian experts, but also a place for antique collectors to find community. Unfortunately, permission to set up stalls at the market was revoked in 2019.
The posters below were designed for three of the most famous Beijing antique markets – Panjiayuan, Baoguo Temple, and Liulichang. The layout was inspired partially by a series of newspapers, which everyone read in that era, called “Beijing Daily” and “Beijing Evening.”
By naming the project “diǎn mǎo”, it is not only about educating the current and next generations to have an experience toward the culture but it also serves as a reminder of the old Beijingers’ habit of going to the antique market(s) every once in a while.