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Yunnan Shopping

With the interaction and blending of different cultures, religions and lifestyles, travelers coming to Kunming regard shopping as a form of entertainment. There is a treasure trove of great souvenirs here ready for you to dig up. While jade and marble arts and crafts are abundant, there are plenty of special and rare items unique to Yunnan. 

Some of the best gift options and souvenirs include: bronze ware, Dai brocade and wax dyed cloth, all of which epitomize Yunnan 's ethnic style. The province 's moderate climate is also excellent for growing various medicinal herbs and mushrooms important to traditional Chinese medicine. Try the famous local edible mushrooms such as Niuganjun, Jizong and Ganbajun. Pick up a packet of Yunnan Baiyao Medicine, a mix of local herbs believed to have curative and restorative powers.

Local Products

Wood Carving
Kunming is one of the country's best places to purchase tables, chairs and benches carved from large blocks of natural wood. The pieces are extraordinarily smooth and sometimes polished or lacquered, making them warm and pleasing to the touch. Of course these cannot be carried back in your luggage, so you will only want to purchase them if you have the times and means to have them shipped back. Nonetheless, they are still interesting to look at.

An exquisitely hand-carved wood pencil vase

Batik is a special process used by Yunnan's ethnic minorities to pattern cloth. Wax is melted and splotched onto (usually cotton) textiles in the desired pattern. The cloth is then dropped into a vat of dye, after which the wax is boiled off, leaving intricate impressions on the material.

Traditional blue batik features two minority girls in Yunnan

Dai Bamboo Basketry
In a province where bamboo is in so abundant, it's no wonder that the ethnic Dai minority has made an art out of basketry and reed-weaving. Patterned baskets, hats, chairs, cabinets, and a plethora of other handmade items can be bought cheaply if you're willing to bargain for it.

Cute little baskets made with dyed reed

Snow Tea
This rare type of tea grows only on snowy mountains. The tea leaves are white, and look like they have been processed. Not only does it help fight fevers and stabilize blood pressure, but it also has a refreshing fragrance and a sweet aftertaste. Tourists can try a cup of hot Snow Tea (using 2-4 grams of tea leaves) or mix other tea leaves with it to alleviate fatigue.

Snow tea

Caterpillar Fungus
It is the complex of the body of worm and fungus formed by the caterpillar fungus. Only China possesses this valuable medicine that is merely distributed on high mountain meadow region and the high mountain shrubs. Its medical value ranges more widely than that of other kinds of Chinese traditional tonic medicines with no side effects. It can nourish lungs and kidneys, stanch bleeding and reduce phlegm, cure long-term cough and asthma, coughing blood caused by fatigue, impotence and emission. Today the most common way to prepare the caterpillar fungus is to stew chicken or pettitoes with them.

Caterpillar fungus has great medical value

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