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Local Specialties and Shopping in Guilin
 
Local Specialties:

Guilin sanhua alcohol, Guilin fermented bean curd and Guilin chili sauce are considered to be Guilin's three treasures, and are top choices with visitors to the city.

Products made from sweet-scented osmanthus are also recommended since the name of Guilin literally means forests of osmanthus. Osamnthus tea, sugar and wine will bring you sweet memories of this city.

The gingko tree is described as a living fossil. Gingko is said to promote healthy blood circulation, moistens facial skin and so chases away wrinkles. It is so versatile that it can also be made into drinks and snacks.

Guilin chufas can be eaten as fruit or as a vegetable. Chufas, sometimes referred to as tiger nuts in the West, are grown in Guilin and are very sweet and crispy. Chufa paste, chufa panocha and canned chufa each have their own unique flavors and will add extra zest to your cooking.

Luo Han Kuo got its name as it looks like the belly of Buddha. Luohan means arhat in Chinese. This fruit has long been a traditional Chinese herb. It is sweet and mellow and is considered conducive to the system and helps lower blood pressure. Instant Luo Han Kuo tea is a very convenient way to prepare it and preserves the original flavor of the fruit.

Shaddock is the best-known fruit in Guangxi. Shaddock is sweet with a light scent. It is rich in Vitamin C.

Cumquat is a citrus like fruit with a sweet rind and acidic center. It can be eaten fresh or be made into a sweetmeat, canned or squeezed as a fruit juice drink. It is rich in Vitamin C1, B2, B1, P, Ca, etc.

Sugar cane is one of the main winter crops in Guilin. It is a must during the Spring Festival as it can help to dispel a hang over and the unwelcome effects of fatty foods.

Lipu taro, chestnut, persimmon and green tea are worth trying, too.

Souvenirs

Guilin Stone is formed in the unique geographic and climatic conditions. Guilin stones are solid in texture, bright in color, unique in form. They are decorative and can serve as a reminder of the beauty and elegance of the scenery to be found in and around the mountains and waterways for which Guilin is famous.

Embroidered balls are romantic keepsakes. In ancient China, maidens threw embroidered balls at their Prince Charming. Whoever caught the ball would marry the maiden.

Ranging from animals, wall decorations to plates and pails, hand-woven crafts are decorative as well as functional.

Marble ware, jade ware, bamboo and woodcarvings, paper umbrellas, embroidery, hand-painted folding screens and knit ware, are all ideal souvenirs.

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Guilin International Tourism Commodity Wholesale City is one of the largest wholesale markets for tourist souvenirs in China. You can find Guilin paintings, stones, root carving as well as Burmese jade ware, Fujian woodcarving, Qingtian stone carving, Yixing clay pot, Suzhou embroidery, and Hunan embroidery.

Every evening, thousands of locals and travelers will rush into the Guilin Zhengyang Buxing (pedestrian) Street for shopping, entertainment and dining. The dazzling lights from various shops, the bubbling people, the multifarious goods justify this stree's reputation as "the first street in western China".

Jewelry

Gold, silver, jade and pearl wares such as necklaces, rings, earrings, pendants, broaches, and bracelets are dainty in design with strong ethnic features.

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Wanya Jewelry Co., Ltd Exhibition Hall
Location: No.211, Lizhong Road
Specialty: Gems, rings, necklace, bracelets, earrings and pendants

Guizhou Yinlong (Silver Dragon) Jewelry Co., Ltd
Location: No.26 Qixing Road (Jewelry Branch) and No. 1 Chuanshan East Road (Pearl Branch)
Specialty: Gold ornaments, jade articles, stone carvings, pearls, crystals and ivory articles.

Gaoxin Jewelry Company
Location: Hi-tech Development Building, Canluan Road
Specialty: Natural gems from around the world, jade articles and golden ornaments.

Yinhai Pearl Company
Location: Guixing Hotel, Qixing Road
Specialty: Pearls

Jubao Ge
Location: No. 18 Longyin Road
Specialty: Jewelry production and sales. Professional appraisers appreciate jewelry for customers.

Rundong Jewelry Company
Location: No. 7 Dongjiang Road
Specialty: Natural gems and golden ornaments. Natural jade articles feature ethnic color.

Ziyuan Pearl Company
Location: No.35 Xishan Road
Specialty: Over 600 different creations from pearls such as pearl necklaces, bracelets, rings, ties, etc.

Longquan Shuijing Gong
Location: No.2 Zhongshan South Road
Specialty: Over 700 series of natural crystal like necklace, bracelet, rings, balls and glassware.

Jiashan Pearl Shop
Location: No.5 Taohuajiang Road
Specialty: Pearl handicrafts

Paintings and Calligraphy

Traditional Chinese painting of mountains and waters will surely satisfy travelers who love Chinese cultural and arts. The beautiful mountains and waters have attracted many artists since the Song Dynasty (907-1279). Modern artists like XU Beihong, Huang Binhong, Li Keran, Qi Baishi, etc, all created precious works after visiting Guilin. Guilin galleries are not only famous locally but throughout China.

Huang Changdian brush pen has a history of over 100 years. There are more than 70 sizes of brush pens, all of which are made of quality rabbit hair, wolf hair, wool, etc.

Shop Index

Bagui Zhai
Location: No.1 Rong Hu South Road
Specialty: Paintings and calligraphy works and souvenirs.

Guangxi Normal University Arts Shop
Specialty: Paintings, calligraphy works, and the "four treasures of the study", i.e. writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper. Handicrafts, jewelry and jade articles are also sold here.

Guilin Antique Shop
Location: No.2 Shahu North Road
Specialty: Old paintings, calligraphy works, chinaware, jade articles, handicrafts, etc. There are four branches, namely, Wenyuan Ge, Jubao Tang, Yilin Ge, and Guilin Antique Shop Branch in Yang Shuo County.

Guilin Museum Paintings and Calligraphy Works Shop
Location: Fl. 1, Guilin Museum
Specialty: Paintings, calligraphy works, the four treasures of the study, jewelry, jade articles, handicrafts made of bamboo, wood, stone, cotton and silk, duplicates, rubbings and archaized paintings and calligraphy works.

For daily articles, you can go to:

Guilin Department Store
Location: No.122, Zhongshan Middle Road
This 7-storied building showcases quality products from all over China. This is where the locals and travelers alike enjoy shopping.

Guilin Weixiaotang Department Store
Location: No.187 Zhongshan Middle Road
This complex provides shopping, a beauty salon, bookstore, cafe, food court, a children's playground and supermarket.

Hua Zhong Hua Store
Location: Zhongshan Middle Road

Wang Cheng Store
Location: Jiefang East Road

 
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