Guilin is a developed tour city with abundant tour products. From expensive jewelry to cheap accouterments, from the characteristic local specialities to the featured snacks, all of which are available here.
The new rebuilt Zhongshan Road, gentle Zhengyang Pedestrian Street, as well as the bustling Guilin Department Store are the good choice to shop. Silk shirts, Jackets, and ties are widely available. Other popular items to look for in Guilin include Bamboo Carvings, Scrolls and Paintings, Embroidered Tablecloths, Carved Seals, and beautifully carved Tea Seats. You will find high quality arts and crafts and antiques, such as Landscape paintings, Sandalwood Fans, Antique Ceramics and china, and Jade Rings and Bracelets, at the Guilin International Tourism Commodity Wholesale City. Most of the major scenic spots, hills and cave parks have stalls where you can pick up souvenirs such as Teas, Chopsticks, Wood Carvings and T-shirts, etc.
Local SpecialitiesYangshuo Drawing Fans
Nearly every tourist who visits Yangshuo was interested with the local drawing fans, which was harmony with the local beautiful scenery. The fan is a kind of hand products with recherché material and exquisite technics. The artists draw different various pictures on the price paper or silk, such as the mountains and rivers in Guilin, the scenery of Yangshuo, flowers, birds, fishes, insects, running horses, violent beasts, court ladies with ancient costume, and so on. Matched them with poem, calligraphy, and seal cutting, therefore, the craftworks was completed. When holding the fan in hand, you will unfold it form time to time in order to appreciate it.
Folk Embroidery could be found easily in Guilin, mainly for the Su Embroidery (Embroidery of Suzhou city) and Xiang Embroidery (Embroidery of Changsha City). Embroidery is a kind of handicraft using 1,000 different types of thread to make flowers, birds, animals, and even gardens on a piece of cloth, all of which are refined, exquisite, and lifelike. It is considered as the “pearl of oriental art” for its beautiful workmanship and elegant colors.
Root Carving, just like its name, is a kind of a handcraft using the root of wood as the material. The most important principle to follow in root carving is to make use of the natural root. This principle usually goes like this: “Three-tenths is done by man, seven-tenth is determined by nature” then, the shape of the root carving could have its own characteristic. The type of root carving is various. Chairs, stools, tea tables, sofas, flower shelves, screens, etc are the applied root carving. The other root carvings featuring flowers, characters, animals and so on are the ornamental root carving.
The hackneyed stone carving in Guilin City is from Qingtian, the hometown of Chinese Stone Carving. With beautiful modeling and refined craftsmanship, Qingtian stone carvings are loved by many people and reputed as the Embroidery on stone. In Qingtian stone carving, fruits, flowers and vegetables are major subuects.
The landscape paintings mainly concentrate the ideal natural beauty. Landscape paintings of Guilin present you the highlights of the water and hills on paper, such as the foggy Lijiang River, lifelikely Trunk Hill, Moon Hill, all of which can take away your annoyance while enjoying them. Some masterpieces can be found among these paintings.
Guilin city is a colorful aggregation of several minorities. Each minority has its own finery, emitting profound ethical culture and custom, so the featured ethical fineries of different minorities make Guilin more multicolored.
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