baijiu also known as shaojiu. even though it translates as "white wine" its is a strong sprit. usually 40-60% proof. you can't go wrong with this considerings it's suppose to be the worlds most consumed liquor.
tea is a big part of chinese culture and tourism; it is easy to find a tea house, tea shop or tea market in bigger cities in china. the overly 'touristy' tea retailers are reputedly expensive and so i recommend you immerse yourself in a day full of flavours and seek out bargains and favourites in the many shops and markets that are all over the place. you could also spend some time learning about traditional tea ceremonies and come to appreciate drinking tea in a myriad of new ways.
these unique hand carved wooden frogs have sprung up in markets all over china, always a big hit when given as gifts. the frogs come with sticks which you rub over their back to produce a remarkably realistic croaking sound. the larger frogs produce deeper sounds, smaller frogs more high pitched sounds. both children and adults love them.
small light weight and portable. easy to learn to play. the hulusi or cucurbit flute is a free reed wind instrument from china. it is held vertically and has three bamboo pipes which pass through a gourd wind chest; the center pipe has finger holes and the outer two are typically drone pipes. it is not uncommon for a hulusi to have only one drone pipe while the second outer pipe is merely ornamental. the drone pipe has a finger hole, which allows it to be stopped. advanced configurations have keyed finger holes similar to a clarinet or oboe, which can greatly extend the range of the hulusi to several octaves. the hulusi was originally used primarily in yunnan province by the dai and other non-han ethnic groups but is now played throughout china. like the related free reed pipe called bawu, the hulusi has a very pure, clarinet-like sound.
these shadow puppets make a great gift because they can either be given to older children to use, or to adults as decorative art. they’re beautifully crafted and traditionally chinese.
these quaint little clay teapots have been used in traditional chinese tea ceremonies for many hundreds of years. traditional yixing teapots from yixing in china retain a little bit of tea after each brew, and so tea conossiuers will only make one kind of tea in a single pot, as the pot will retain flavour even after it has dried out! these slightly porous pots are washed without the use of soap and left to drip dry. the variety of different pots to choose from will ensure that you can take home a piece of chinese culture that suites you! remember the rest of the tea set so that you can make delicious chinese tea at home.
this traditional chinese outfit made a great gift for my son. make sure you buy quality and maybe get the next size up as i did.