Main things to look out for when Shopping in China
In our destination guides to China we give you a comprehensive review of the main shopping areas but as a general rule of thumb, the best buys for something authentic and cultural are the suggestions below.
Chinese Tea Culture
You can’t leave China without bringing home some real Chinese tea with you. China is the hometown of tea. Tea processing and tea drinking have a history of several thousand years. Famous brands of tea assemble here, mainly green tea, black tea, oolong tea, scented tea, white tea, yellow tea and dark tea.
Tea has efficacy of fitness and curing disease, enjoys appreciative interests and cultivates people’s mind. Tea tasting and hospitality with tea are decorous entertainments and social activities of Chinese people. Drinking in a teahouses and having tea parties are social group tea activities. Chinese tea enjoys great popularity around the world, being introduced to Japan in the Tang Dynasty and forming Japanese tea ceremony there.
Silk is a symbol of Chinese ancient culture. The Chinese old silk industry, woven and embroidered glory in the history of Chinese art and culture, making an indelible contribution towards the development of human civilizations around the world. Chinese silk is famous for its excellent quality, delicate pattern and abundant cultural connotation.
China is a pioneer in the invention of porcelain china in the world, writing a brilliant page in human history.
Painting and Calligraphy
Calligraphy refers to methods of brush writing, mainly brush holding, brush using, trace, structure, distribution (position and composition) and other methods. There are five common fonts of calligraphy artistic work: regular script, running script, cursive script, official script and seal character.
Chinese paintings developed their own style in the world of art with a long history and excellent tradition, with canvases such as silk, cloth, thin silk, paper, and twill with brush, ink and color.
China is the main country in the world rich in jade resources. According to Holy Mountain, over 200 jade-yielding sites were scattered in China. After thousands of years exploitation, some jade mines have already become empty, but a few famous jade mines are still being mined in large quantities which provide the raw material in a steady stream for the further progress of Chinese jade carving art.
The most famous jade in China is Hetian, Xinjiang. Hetian jade has the richest yield jade, the gorgeous color, the most excellent quality and also the most expensive in price.
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