China Shopping Tips – What to Buy in Guizhou
Guizhou, like many places in China, is a paradise for shoppers. What makes shopping in Guizhou special, is the products available for purchase. These items are only available in the local and nowhere else in the world. Guizhou is home to a large population of ethnic minority groups, and their cultures and customs have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Their arts and handicrafts are exquisite and surprisingly affordable. Besides minority handicrafts, the province also offers unique items such as Chinese famous Maotai alcohol and wonderful teas.
What to Buy
The most famous alcohol in China, Maotai’s special taste is appreciated by everyone from businessmen, to leaders of state. A visit to Guizhou without sampling Maotai is simply not complete.
The teas in the region are very special. Guizhou produces some of the finest green teas in China. Until recently, some teas were not known outside the province because the best teas were drunk by the locals. Word is spreading about the quality of Guizhou’s teas and they are becoming sought after by tea connoisseurs throughout the country and around the world.
The ethnic minorities of Guizhou are famous for their silverworks. They believe silver is a symbol of purity and luck. They can turn silver into jewelry, medallions, ornate headdresses, and simple accessories. The silverworks are covered with beautiful designs which are intended to bring good luck to the owner. The capital of Guizhou, Guiyang is a great place to purchase minority silver items.
The lusheng is a musical instrument unique to the Dong and Miao ethnic minority groups. The instrument is a reeded organ made entirely of bamboo. Its unique sound is lively, and few who hear it and see it played fail to be enchanted by it.
The Yuping Flute originated in Yuping Dong Autonomous County of Guizhou. The flute has a history of more than 300 years. Traditionally the flute is decorated with beautiful landscapes and depictions of animals. The flute was so revered, that it was given as tribute to the emperor during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).