If you happen to swing by China for your holidays or vacations, it is not easy to think of souvenirs or things to buy as it can be really hard to think of them last minute especially if you do not know the language. We have a compiled a list of souvenirs that you’ll be happy that you brought back to your home.
#1 Scrolls Painting
We know what you’re thinking, there are probably so many copies of scroll paintings, even in your local mall that you can buy and what makes these scroll paintings special? Let us tell you, scroll painting is very much an art form in China and for sure if you buy from a local artist, the paintings that you will take home will be unique. Why not capture a symbolic souvenir while you’re in China already?
#2 Mahjong Tile Set
The Chinese have a bad stereotype, they love to gamble and especially play Mahjong. Good or bad, a mahjong set in a different stone is the ultimate bragging item you can choose to display in your office, so that one day when your friends visit you in your lovely abode, your mahjong tells the story of your adventures (misdaventures) in China.
#3 Painted Snuff Bottles
Usually coming with traditional Chinese caricatures and symbolism, these snuff bottles are good things to display in your living room. With these babies displayed, any house can look like a treasure trove. Believe us when we say that these bottles look better in real life that what they are in pictures.
They’re just too colourful not to miss! Umbrellas in China, just like in Japan have symbolism – it is used by high ranked officials from the generals to the emperor. It has become a symbol of protection, wealth and honor. So if you happen to be China, although as it is deemed important not relevant in today’s world – the historical importance of such item is truly a remembrance of your visit.
#5 Panda Paraphernalia
Where else can you see Pandas? They are only made in China! Pandas are cute, huggable and can be very gentle, just make sure it’s well – fed. Unfortunately, they cannot be pets for obvious reasons like natural habitat and their numbers are getting smaller and smaller per year. We recommend you buying Panda paraphernalias that help the preservation of these cuties, because they have the right to live!
#6 Silk Clothes
I’m pretty sure that you have heard China is well known for its silk. Known for so many centuries, China controlled monopoly of the silk production, not until the Arabs and the West started producing their own. But even until now, China holds a majority share of the luxury silk market and if you have the means to spend for luxurious silk, we say, “Why not?!”. Silk is a versatile piece of cloth that can be used for any event especially if you are into high fashion and couture pieces.
Yet another famous item from the Sleeping Giant, China’s production porcelain dates back to such a long time that even anthropologist is are still figuring out when they did the Chinese started producing porcelain, as year by year, there are new artifacts that keep popping out that are subject to age testing. Porcelain is such a gem and something one is missing out on if they do not pack these in their baggages on their flight back. Just remember to ask for the Fragile sticker so these precious would come intact after your flight