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Chengdu is a shopping paradise. From mega-shopping malls to quaint, friendly streets, to wondrous night markets, there is never a dull moment when shopping in Chengdu.
Head out to Chengdu's hectic shopping venues, the city is ready to sell you all kinds of cool, Chengdu-style stuff - traditional handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, silks and panda souvenirs. But what are the most popular and wallet-worthy items to take home? The following list will offer you a quick guide to help you make the most of your Chengdu gift shopping.
Shu Brocade is one of four famous brocades styles in China. As early as 16AD, it was already well-known throughout the country; Chengdu was thus given the name of ‘City of Brocades’. Brightly colored and soft in texture, Shu Brocade features a variety of delicate hand-woven patterns, fully epitomizing the flowery culture of the Sichuan province.
Shu Embroidery is China’s oldest embroidery style. It emphasizes the various combinations of stitches to produce lifelike figures and three-dimensional effects on fabrics. Shu Embroidery typically takes flowers and birds, animals, landscapes and human figures as its motif. Since Chengdu is home to giant pandas, panda-themed embroidery is not surprisingly the most popular.
Chengdu has the largest number of teahouses in China. With locals so devoted to tea-drinking, tea is not only a beverage, but also a culture woven into the daily life of Chengduese. Zhuyeqing, a green tea produced in Mount E’mei, is one of the most famous tea types in Chengdu and all over China. Treasured for long-lasting fragrance, refreshing taste and health benefits, it is favored by both locals and expats.
Lacquer craft in Chengdu boasts a history of more than 3000 years. It is renowned for its gorgeous designs and patterns, fine gloss and most notably, its strong ability to resist corrosion. Traditional techniques of Chengdu lacquer involve carving, color painting, embedding, embossing and polishing, making them items of high value and artistic appreciation. Just browsing the different pieces is tremendous fun.
Bamboo-Over-Porcelain Ware is a unique craft in Chengdu, using bamboo filaments to weave the out wear of porcelain. Colorful or unbleached filaments are fabricated into intricate patterns over the ware, so exquisitely done by the craftsmen that the joints are barely visible. There are an abundance of art pieces available at market stalls, perfectly combining artistry and practicality, such as vases, tea set, tableware and stationery.
If seeing pandas in the panda bases just does not suffice, take home panda themed souvenirs to remember your wonderful experiences in Chengdu. Stuffed toys, mobile phone and iPod cases, bookmarks, bags, teacups, key rings and postcards… These items, adorned with the cute and friendly image of pandas, are so lovely that you won’t be able to resist buying several as gifts for family and friends. You can also walk into the Panda Post, exclusively in Chengdu, and send wishes home via adorable pandas.
Chunxi Road is the most iconic and bustling commercial street in Chengdu. With the largest shopping centers in Chengdu clustered here, including modern malls, department stores and luxury boutiques, it’s a trendy hangout for shopaholics and fashionistas, and really fuels your shopping stamina. Add to the delights of shopping a dazzling array of gourmet delights hidden on the street, ideal for resting and replenishing your energy.
Shopping Malls on Chunxi Road
Wangfujing Department Store
Tai Koo Li
New World Department Store
Chengdu has numerous supermarket chains, like Carrefour, Renrenle and Wal-Mart, which offer a wide selection of products for daily supplies. Convenience stores are abundant in most streets, where you can pick up water, snacks, gum and the like when needed.
Carrefour (Qingshiqiao Branch)
Renrenle (Caoshi Branch)
Wal-Mart (Beidajie Branch)
Hongqi Convenience Store (Zongfu Branch)
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