May 10 is the much anticipated Mother’s Day and if you are still looking for ideas on what to give moms then here’s a list of the things you can get easily Beijing:
Bouquets and Flowers
Considering a bouquet of carnations can easily cost USD 40 or more in the US, we’re lucky to have so many cheap florists and flower markets in Beijing. At Liangma Flower Market, for example, vendors can custom-make a bouquet with different cut flowers, leaves, sprigs, ribbons, baskets, and wrapping paper. Bouquets can cost anywhere between RMB 100 and 300 depending on the size, flower selection, and complexity of the arrangement. Alternatively, you can buy a potted flowering plant that will bloom throughout the summer. Good choices include African violets (紫罗兰, ziluo lan), geraniums (天竺葵, tianzhu kui), and chrysanthemums (菊花, juhua).
Liangma Flower Market 亮马花卉市场
Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6504 2446) 朝阳区东三环北路758号亮马河南岸
As far as we’re concerned, everyone should have a pair of personalized leather shoes in their wardrobe. They’re sturdy, comfortable, and last for decades if cared for properly. Local cobbler Lao Yu makes beautiful, handmade leather shoes from his tiny workshop in Gulou. He only does flat, heel-less shoes made from cow leather and measures each customer’s feet to ensure the best fit. You can pick one of the styles displayed on the wall or bring a reference picture to emulate. A pair of women’s shoes starts at RMB 1,200 depending on color, size, style, and leather quality. It takes about a month to fill an order.
Lao Yu 老余手工鞋店
Daily 10am-9pm. 37 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6404 1406) 东城区鼓楼东大街37号
Made-to-Order Chocolate Cake
Every day is a good day for chocolate – who says sweets are only for kids? Treat Mom to a decadent, handcrafted creation such as the Ritz-Carlton Cake containing Valrhona dark chocolate from France, candied orange pieces, and Grand Marnier. This intense and multilayered cake weighs in at a dense 400g; you might want to cut it into smaller slices. Though preservative-free, it will keep for seven days at room temperature. But who are we kidding? It won’t last that long. The cake is available at any Ritz-Carlton branch and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
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