We know some of you are still searching for the very special gifts to bring home, although Christmas is less than two weeks away. Don’t panic, look thought the list we put together, and you may need to look no further. Feel free to offer more ideas by leaving a comment.
Suanpan (Chinese abacus) 算盘
Although rarely used nowadays, suanpan were the primary tool for calculating and doing math exercise for students and business owners before the electronic calculator was popularized in China. Can be bought at Panjiayuan Antique Market.
The People’s Liberation Army Shoe 解放鞋
The 1950s trend has made a comeback as a fashion must-have for young hipsters and expats. Can be found in someof the small shops at Nanluoguxiang and Taobao.
Training Chopsticks 训练筷子
No more frustrations with chopsticks. They really work for kids and beginners! Can be bought on Taobao.
The art of ceramics is so entwined with Chinese culture that porcelain is also called “china” in English. You can find the five markets to get porcelain here.
Red Dragon Silk Tie 丝绸领带
A little tacky? Perhaps. But how can you argue with the color red, a dragon and silk? Can be bought via Amazon.com.
Cooling Oil 清凉油
This handy minty oil soothes mosquito bites, headaches and wakens the mind better than any Red Bull. Can be bought at any of the Tongrentang pharmacies and Taobao.
The Scholar’s "Four Treasures" 文房四宝
Get your friends or family into Chinese calligraphy by offering them wenfang sibao, the scholar’s four treasures (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper). Can be bought at the Panjiayuan Antique Market and Silk Market.
Photos from hto2008, Silk Road Collection, bforat, and SpAvAAi (Flickr)