What are the best things to buy in China?
The most unique item by far is the silk comforter. They are impossible to find in the U.S. stores and about $300 on internet. I have bought a few and gave to my friends as gifts. They all love it. It is very comfortable and unique.
What’s Silk Comforter?
A silk comforter (絲綿被) is a bed covering, most often used as a duvet, and also commonly referred to as a silk duvet, silk quilt, or silk blanket. Originally from China, silk comforters are now more common throughout the world. Their increasing popularity stems from a combination of factors, including their thermal properties, their light weight, and their natural hypoallergenic properties. The opening of the Chinese market to the world has also played a significant role in the spread of silk comforters, as China is both the world’s biggest silk producer and silk comforter manufacturer.
The most popular cities are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin, and especially Hong Kong, which is the “Shopping Paradise” similar to New York. Depending on your own desire and taste, you want to learn the city first to decide if it meets your expectation.
Below is just a brief shopping tip:
- Beijing- traditional handcrafts, Cloisonné, Ivory Carving, silk, pearls, candied fruits and confectionaries of all kinds, etc.
- Xi’an- antiques and rugs.
- Guilin- Scroll paintings and bijouterie.
- Suzhou and Hangzhou – silk and tea.
But you should always remember to bargain. There is a saying “ Everything in China is negotiable”. You may want to learn some Chinese phrases, such as Ni Hao Ma (how are you), Duo Shao Qian (how much), and Pian Yi Dian (give me a cheaper price). Some of the merchants in famous tourist attractions also know a little English phrase since they deal with international visitors every day. Such opening can ease you up and build your confidence to bargain for a good deal.