Chengdu provides the tourist with a number of convenient shopping opportunities, offering a wide range of Chinese and Tibet-style "souvenir items" from traditional Chengdu (Shu) brocades and embroidery to art objects (mostly replicas, some antique), and Tibetan-style and more traditional Chinese ornaments and souvenirs. Brocades – usually silk brocades – are one of the most popular "souvenir items" among tourists, as they are not only quintessentially Chinese, but also have high intrinsic value. The age-old brocade style developed over the aeons in the Chengdu area is the Shu brocade style. The Shu brocade style is one of the four justly famous brocade styles of China, the other three being Hunan, Cantonese and Su brocade styles.
What to buy
Shu Brocade and Embroidery
The Chinese character Shu means silkworm breeding and mulberry growing. As early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Shu brocade was exported overseas to Japan and as far as Persia and in the period of the Three Kingdoms (220-280). It was a financial resource for the military. Shu Brocade features various colors and a unique technique for extracting colors from plants. Several hundred designs are used by the minority nationalities in southwest China. Silk-woven, but durable, the brocade has a soft feel.
As the other local craft from silkworm breeding and mulberry growing, Shu Embroidery has enjoyed a reputation for superb craftsmanship. With a unique technique and elegant colors, the products look like Chinese ink and wash paintings embroidered on satins. One masterpiece in the Great Hall of the People is called the Cottonrose Hibiscus and the Carp. Functional as well as artistic, Shu embroidery appears on quilts covers, pillow cases, clothes, shoes etc.
Qingcheng Silk Carpet
Qingcheng silk carpet is made from raw silk and spun silk. It is hand-knitted according to traditional processing. With numerous styles, the carpet is characterized with smooth surface, plain in quality and high resilience. It is not only very excellent export product but also best souvenir. It costs about 100RMB to 300RMB to buy a Qingcheng silk carpet.
Silverwares have been made with a very high technology since ancient time, which can be judged from the article unearthed from Mausoleum of Wang Jian, king of Shu State. Chengdu silverware is made from very thin and fine threads of silver metal, which can be as thin as a hair. On this thin silverware, beautiful pattern are carved. The price of a silver ware is usually between 150RMB to 300RMB.
Bamboo-over-porcelain Ware is a unique craftwork. It is fabricated by weaving bamboo filaments over porcelain. Chengdu bamboo over porcelain can be dated back to the late Qing Dynasty. The bamboo is processed into pliable bamboo filament used to weave. The price of a ware is 80RMB to 300RMB.
Chengdu is one of the major producers of lacquer ware. The Chinese assign name to different types of lacquer-ware according to the method of production. Many different types of lacquer product are produced in Chengdu including wall decorations and screens. Some pieces are covered with flax, paper or plastic before they are painted to avoid the wood rotting.
Where to buy in Chengdu
The following will introduce you very famous shopping streets and shopping mall which can help you to find what you want to buy in Chengdu.
ChunXi Road is one of the most beautiful shopping streets in China, till now it is still one of the best three shopping streets in china. Many famous department stores such as Pacific Department Store, WangFuJing Department Store and BaiSheng Department Store are all located in this street, which makes ChunXi Road the business center of Chengdu. ChunXi Road is also the favorite shopping site of white collars and foreigners.
HuaXing Shopping Street
HuaXing Shopping Street is the only shopping site constructed according to European style shopping street. So far, there are more than 70 shops of various kinds. Most of shops close after 10 pm.
ZongFu Road Walking Street
It is the first walking street in Chendu, and also the biggest walking street in southwest China. In this street no cars, motors or bicycles are allowed. The beautifully paved street, modern buildings surrounding it and the lively commercial promotions and performances make the walking street an attractive place to go shopping.
The best place to pick up all these souvenirs is at the night market near Jinjiang Hotel. The market offers all kinds of weird and wonderful goods from embroidered silk to statues of Chairman Mao. Don not forget bargain. Prices are not set in stone and quoted prices will be much higher than what the stall owner will accept.
The Chengdu Lacquer Craft Factory
Chengdu is one of the major producers of lacquer ware. The Chinese assign name to different types of lacquer-ware according to the method of production. Many different types of lacquer product are produced in Chengdu including wall decorations and screens. Some pieces are covered with flax, paper or plastic before they are painted to avoid the wood rotting. The main factory producing these exquisite pieces is located here.
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