China. Gifts from the Middle Kingdom
Thousands of tourists come here every year to enjoy incredible scenery, delicious local cuisine and, of course, shopping! After all, there is nothing more pleasant than high-quality and really useful gifts from China.
So, what goods should you pay attention to during your travels in this country, how to properly manage your budget and surprise your friends when you return to Ukraine and, most importantly, what souvenirs are brought from China?
We present you the top rating of original gifts that you can bring from your tour of China.
Those who have not yet decided what to bring from China should remember the legendary Chinese silks, which, as you know, were previously the cash equivalent in China. Luxurious fabrics with exotic patterns have always been highly regarded by leading European couturiers. In search of fine and delicate matter, merchants traveled thousands of kilometers, faced with difficult climatic conditions, terrible diseases and bloodthirsty robbers who attacked trade caravans. Their extreme tour to China went down in history under the name “The Great Silk Road”.
Today, Chinese silk is still considered the best in the world. There is perhaps no more refined gift than chic underwear decorated with authentic handmade embroidery. Beautiful robes with mystical patterns and paradise flowers are made according to special patterns. Thanks to this, the imperfections of the figure are accurately hidden and vice versa – all its advantages are elegantly emphasized. What can we say about bohemian bedding, woven by Chinese masters to order? In the bins of local merchants, you can also find exclusive bedding sets for honeymooners and children.
Few people know that jade in China was previously valued much higher than silver and gold. The ancient sages believed that this is the “stone of life”, which brings financial prosperity, success and divine enlightenment. When viewing tours to China, pay attention to sightseeing offers in Shanghai. It is in this city that the iconic Jade Buddha Temple is located. It has a huge six-meter-high Buddha figure, made of a giant whole piece of jade! By the way, while walking around the shops and souvenir shops of Shanghai, you will see a large assortment of jade jewelry.
Green pebbles have a special mystical meaning and have specific healing properties. As practice shows, the owners of jade beads and bracelets are much less likely to complain of neurological disorders, blood pressure and kidney disease. But neat jade earrings will help get rid of insomnia.
Surely on sale you can find special jade rollers. They are used, as a rule, for massage in beauty salons. They eliminate wrinkles, make the skin fresh and supple.
Local porcelain is perhaps the most solid gift that you can bring from your tour of China.
Did you know that in those days when the dynasties of emperors ruled the Celestial Empire, the technology for making china dishes was kept in the strictest confidence? Those who betrayed state secrets to the production of paints and glazes for porcelain were in danger of terrible torture and the death penalty. In addition, previously there was a certain limit on the export of Chinese porcelain.
Now, fortunately for tourists, anyone can buy amazing porcelain. And, despite the fact that the prices of these goods remain quite high, real aristocrats continue to hunt for rare exhibits in pawnshops and antique shops. If you try hard, you can find precious porcelain saucers and vases, finely painted by Chinese artists several centuries ago.
Surprisingly, each picture that you see on a teapot or plate has a deep meaning and probably contains some ancient legend or philosophical thought.
Such gifts from China carry a piece of great history!
Many Ukrainian travelers bring alcohol as souvenirs from their tour of China. Most often these are beautiful bottles with alcohol reptiles and insects. What is not on the shelves of Chinese shops! It is almost impossible to make out what is written on the labels. That is why do not rush to throw money on the first jars of explosive potions that come across.
First, before you buy a tour to China, first specify how much alcohol you can carry with you and which brands are proven. Secondly, take into account the fact that not every beautiful drink will turn out to be tasty. Rice beer, for example, is not popular with visitors. Of the variety of products of the Chinese “spill”, Ukrainian tourists most often try corn vodka or moonshine from the grass of kaolin (sorghum). The drink is very strong (from 40 to 50 °), so it can not be consumed in large quantities.