Most of the travelers want to take some mementos or bargains. With having so many options available with you, shopping in China can be confusing, time consuming and exhausting for you. So, the following tips would help you to make your experience easy and better.
You should not buy everything on the very first or second day. Each city is having its own specialty. You can buy Cloisonne, fresh water pearls from Beijing. Xi’an is good for the shopping of Terra Cotta soldiers’ replica, Tangsancai and antique furniture. You can buy silk carpets from shanghai and longjing Tea and silk from Hangzhou. Suzhou is famous for silk whereas scroll paintings and China Southern Sea Pearls are famous items of Guilin. You can also buy Mounted butterflies, Dali Batik and Pure tea from Yunnan and carpets and jade articles from Xinjiang. Thang-ka ortanka which is sheep skin wall hanging can be bought from Tibet.
You should not feel obligate for shopping. If your guide is offering you shopping opportunities as a courtesy and if you are not interested at all, say no to them. Some of them might be enthusiastic and thinking that this is what you want but you should not be embarrassed and say that you do not want that directly and immediately that you do not want to go with the shopping. You will find many attendants trying to help you in making a purchase. But, it does not mean that you have to by it. You should look around and choose by your own.
Shopping can be a great idea in China and you can expect the items at very low price that you cannot get at your home. You can also get some of the branded items at a very reasonable and discounted rate in China. But, you should be cautious of the fake items at the same time. Most of the Antique buyers have seen that their antique item is fake. The antiques should be officially certified to be able to be exported legally. The penalty for the same is very severe. You should keep all the certificates, receipts and official documents which are received after purchasing any antiques.