Silk, Tea, antiques, paintings, and calligraphy are good items to bring home since they represent unique Chinese culture; Chinese handcrafts like cloisonné, paper cuts, replicas of terra-cotta horses and warriors, jade & pearls are also recommended.
China is a large country with long history and cultural diversity, different places may have different things for you to see and enjoy, and so do the entertainments, for example, in Beijing, you can go and watch Peking Opera, in Xi'an you can watch and enjoy Tang Dynasty Show, in Shanghai, you can enjoy the night view by cruising on Huangpu River and watch acrobatic show, while in Guilin & Kunming, you can go and enjoy the minority show.
In friendship stores or some big department stores in big cities, when you buy goods, you can use international credit cards such as: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club, Million Card, Federal Card and the JCB card of Japan.
Visitors who want to bring special souvenirs for relatives or friends may consider the following articles:
Beijing: jade, Peking opera mask
Xi’an: replicas of Terracotta Army, shadow puppets
Shanghai: cheongsam, jade carvings
Hangzhou: the Dragon Well Tea
Huangshan: four treasures of the study
Chengdu: panda dolls, Shu embroidery
Guilin: scenery paintings, pearls
Yunnan: Puer tea, ethnic group related items, silverwares
Tibet: Tangka, handicrafts
Hong Kong: top brand goods, electronic products, cosmetics
Other shopping tips we want you to follow are:
1) Good bargains can be made with street vendors but not in shopping malls;
2) Always consult your tour guide before spending too much on something;
3) Do not take anything before you have the permit;
4) Keep the receipt or any important documents if you purchase valuable antics;
5) Credit cards are acceptable only in large department stores;
6) Think about the weight of your luggage when shopping heavy items;
For these occasions, normally it is not necessary to dress up, you can just wear casual as usual during the tour, but if you prepare formal dress with you and prefer dressing up, you can also do that.
Will we have chance to shop for souvenirs during our tour in China?
Yes, you will have chance to shop for souvenirs while traveling in China, either you can shop in the Department Stores or friendship stores or free markets, sometimes our tour guides will show you to some factories and workshops in which the local specialties are produced and sold.
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