The city of Kunming is a shopper's paradise. Its streets and plazas are filled with shopping malls, department stores, chain-store supermarkets, and specialty boutiques. Kunming has always been an easy city to live in, and shopping is no exception. But with so many popular options, sometimes it can be hard to know where to go to get it all done. Whether it's purely clothes you're interested in, or the whole food court/coffee/one-stop-shopping experience, we've narrowed it down to Kunming's four most popular shopping malls for your browsing convenience.
What to Buy
Dai Brocade, an ancient traditional textile handicraft popular among the Dai people, is famous for its exquisite weaving, elegant pattern, bright color, beautiful presentation, durability and strong ethnic styles. The women of the Dai ethnic minority, who always enjoy a reputation as artists, have great skills in the art of weaving and excelin weaving silk brocade particularly. Different colors and patterns mean different. For example, red and green sarong shows commemoration of ancestors.
The wax dyes and ties dye
Wax prints of Yunnan Province, with unique and complex geometric patterns, are very colorful and marvelous representations of nature. It not only enriches the race special features, but also winning the favor of both domestic and international visitors. The artisans of the Kunming area weave mingle their respective cultures with handicrafts.
In general, it’s the roasting cigarette in Yunnan, later on called Cloud Cigarette or Cloud Leaf. The tobacco leaves oil is smooth plentiful full, organize delicate, the color is golden, luster good, the flexibility is strong, the nicotine content is just right, containing the amount of sugar high, the subtle fragrance come into nostrils, the cigarette's flavor is thick and famous call.
The wood carving
It has a long history with its flawless technical skill, having the beautiful name of “the country of the wood carving". The wood carving is used for chairs, benches and tea tables of indoor hall decoration. With its elaborate and natural design, it also gives us a sense of nobleness. Kunming wood carving is bigger than the ivory carving. It is all known that Yunnan is one of the best places to purchase goods made from wood. The pieces are extraordinarily smooth and sometimes polished or lacquered, making them warm and pleasing to the touch.
Jewelry and jade
For the reason of the history and geography, jewelry and jade has become the main special local product as well as a symbolic feature of Yunnan. They are varies in categories: Ruby, sapphire, beryl, emerald, diamond, garnet, amethyst, topaz, opal, peridot, turquoise, malachite, agate, etc. Among them, the jadeite is most famous. The jadeite is a kind of jade, mainly producing in Burma.
Where to buy
Golden Eagle Shopping Center
High prices and high-end goods at Golden Eagle Shopping Center tend to filter out the riff-raff, so you won't find many crowds here at Kunming's largest shopping mall. What you will find are two buildings and seven floors of men's and women's apparel, cosmetics, bags, H&M, Starbucks, movie theater, and a full-fledged food court featuring Korean, Japanese, and hot pot options.
- Where: 8 Qingnian Lu, Wuhua District, Kunming
- Tel: 871 3158 919
- Opening hours: Sun-Thu, 10:00-22:00; Fri-Sat, 10:00-22:30
- Website: http://www.goodee.cn/home/index/store/114
- Getting there: take bus No. 1, 3, 4, 91, 112, 129, a2, 161 to Golden Eagle Shopping Center
Wangfujing Department Store
Named after the famous shopping street in Beijing, Wangfujing Department store has a thoroughly stocked selection of brands including the ever-stylish ZARA and Adidas clothing stores, plus a large supermarket in the basement. Food options include a Charlie Brown Café, Papa John's pizza restaurant, and Korean barbeque. And like Golden Eagle, Wangfujing also features a movie theater on its top floor, very popular with group buyers.
- Where: Wangfujing Department Store, 7 Yanhe Lu (near Shunvheng Wangfujing Shopping Center), Wuhua District, Kunming
- Tel: 871 5218 556
- Opening hours: Department store: Sun-Thu, 10:00-22:00; Fri-Sat 10:00-22:30
- Supermarket: Sun-Thu: 9:00-22:00; Fri-Sat: 9:00-22:30
- Website: http://www.wfj.com.cn/kunming
- Getting there: take bus No. 10, 82, k13, 84 to Nanping Jie Xikou
Parkson Shopping Center
Located in the city center, Parkson is eminently convenient. Besides the usual clothing and cosmetics stores, Parkson also has a children's play place and a hair salon, two great ways to sit down and take a load off while keeping the whole family happy. Parkson is also well-known for its extensive food court with wifi, making this a place to consider if you're going to be shopping during meal times.
- Where: Parkson Shopping Center, 6 Sanshi Jie, Wuhua District, Kunming
- Tel: 871 3630 186
- Opening hours: 9:30-22:00
- Getting there: take bus No. 3, 4, 62, 73, 90, 98, 107, 206, 213, a1, k11 to Jinma Fang
Amax Department Store
A small, quiet bubble inside the noisy hustle and bustle of the Xiaoximen area, Amax tends to offer lower-priced goods than its peers, making it our choice for the everyman (or everywoman) shopper. Sales on men's and women's apparel are frequent here so keep your eye out as you shop; sometimes you can even get discounts on discounts.
- Where: 98 Fuchun Jie, Renmin Zhong Lu, Wuhua District, Kunming
- Tel: 871 360 5555Opening hours: 9:00-22:30
- Getting there: take bus No. 2, 5, 10, 14, 17, 18, 21, 56, 61, 65, 69, 84, k3, k5, k7, k13 to Xiaoximen
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