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Shopping in Zhengzhou, China

 

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No vacation is complete without souvenirs.

 

While vacationing in Zhengzhou, China, make sure to check out these stores. They are sure to harbor gadgets, clothing, jewelry, and anything else your heart desires.

Kingbird and Beijing Hualien are the two major department stores in China. In Zhengzhou they are located next to each other in Erqi Square. Their defining trait: a supermarket in the basement!

 

Zhengzhou’s antique market holds some of the most unique items in the country. Most shop owners have a calculator handy for bargaining purposes – at times they might lower their asking price by 50 percent, which is considered a great deal. Most owners also have a pleasant demeanor, but be careful – some sell fake antiques expertly designed to look old. Real or fake, however, the plethora of home décor offerings such as paintings, wall hangings, figurines, and other knickknacks are sure to look great in your home. Those seeking genuine antiques can visit the shops neighboring the market. You’ll know the true-blue artifacts from reproductions by the drastic increase in price. According to Chinese law, antiques over 200 years old or antiques with significant cultural value cannot be taken out of the country by foreigners.

In recent years China has become a world leader in the technology field. Although the gadgets in the technology market on the corner of Dofeng and Wenhua, in southwest Zhengzhou, are a little dated, visitors not longing for the latest advancements can still have a grand old time.

 

Jewel connoisseurs must seek out the beautiful Miyu Jade, found in most stores catering to tourists. The gem comes in five shades – red, cyan, black, white, and green. It feels soft to the touch, as there is little impurity contained within, and has a natural glow. The green Miya Jades are the most precious, and therefore the most expensive. They are used to decorate artwork and many customized necklaces and bracelets.

 

Another popular souvenir is Chinese parasol lacquer ware. Handcrafts, household utensils, and other works of art made of Chinese parasol wood and painted in lacquer follow a folk tradition thousands of years old. The traditional design used on artesian objects is incredibly detailed and unique; the wood is also sturdy and can withstand high heat.

 

Obviously, the amount of shopping opportunities in Zhengzhou is almost too much to handle. Yet, be sure to be a smart shopper. Pick pocketing is common in the city. Keep your wallet in your front pocket, especially when braving the buses.

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