With its thousand years of history, China is a unique place. Everything about China is special: the language, the culture, the modern history and politics, the mix of old and new. People are very welcoming and kind, always curious to communicate with tourists, even when a common language is missing. When it comes to souvenirs, there is a much wider range of options than the fluffy panda bear you’ll most probably see everywhere you look. Here are some ideas for you if you’re struggling to find something appropriate for your friends.
1. Find your favorite character in calligraphy
2. Green, black, white, pu'ar, oolong, which tea will you choose?
3. We all wear masks sometimes. Why not buy one from China?
4. If in doubt, buy something made of jade
5. Chocolate is bad, fruit is good
6. Pretend to be part of ancient China
7. Feeling sick? Try some traditional Chinese medicine
Editors Note: Trip101 does not support poaching of endangered species. Please be well informed about the animal products you want to buy and make sure they’re not on the endangered species list. The use of these animals for medicinal purposes have yet to be backed by science and only contributes to corruption, crime and their eventual extinction.
8. No fork and knife - try chopsticks for a change
Take a piece of China back home with youNo matter if you go back with many souvenirs or not, you will remember your Chinese experience for a long time afterwards. And don’t forget that China is very wide, it can take years to discover everything and have an accurate picture of the whole country. In China, there will always be a new place to discover, another mountain to hike, another type of food to taste. In any case, you should make the most of your stay. Don’t hesitate to say “knee how” (你好 – hello in Chinese) to everyone you meet on the way. The locals will love you right away.
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