Most travelers want to take home some bargains or mementos. With so many options available, shopping can be time consuming, confusing, and exhausting. The following tips may make it easier for you.
Don't buy everything in the first day or two. Each city has its own specialty. Some of the best buys are:
Beijing: cloisonné; fresh water pearls
Shanghai: silk carpets, qipaos
Hangzhou: Longjing tea, silk
Guilin: scroll paintings, South China Sea pearls
Tibet: thangka (tanka: sheep skin wall hangings)
Xi'an: replicas of the Terracotta Warriors, Tang Dynasty hand painted china, antique furniture
Yunnan: mounted butterflies, Pu'er tea; Dali batik (tie-dyed fabric)
Xinjiang: carpets, jade articles (for which please see our warnings below), dried fruit
Guangzhou: wholesale markets for clothes, shoes, toys, electronic products and more.
Zhengzhou: mining machinery, construction machine, etc.
Not only for traveller, some foreign companies also come to China, buying from factory and use their local label or LOGO. Chinese rich people also travel western countries or America, they purchse luxury products. There are two groups of "haitao". The first group are young women who are most of the time buying cosmetics and clothes. They don‘t purchase foreign items because they need them but because they wish to have them. According to a Tmall research, 40% of China’s shoppers bought fashion apparel in the last year, meanwhile 38 percent of them bought cosmetic products. Finally when they back to China, they found those products or luxury products is " made in China."
Like mining machinery, most of people come and visit China, they are looking for good quality equipments with lower price.