One part of traveling that I find the most difficult is buying gifts or souvenirs for my friends and family. It is time-consuming and most of the time, I end up buying such superficial stuff (like fridge magnets) that I tell myself, “Hey Andy, c’mon, you can do better than that!”
I’m preparing for a short trip outside of China this October National Day Week, and then visiting my country for a week to see my family and some close friends. Actually, I already bought gifts for them: a bunch of fridge magnets I collected during my trip to Russia and the UK last year. I think I can still get away with those, but I know some friends might ask, “Where’s your gift from China?”
Okay, it makes sense. I should have something from China and that must not be another magnet. I struggle with this one, but there’s a magic word that I almost forgot: Taobao. Yes, the miraculous platform which can deliver your gift without a sweat.
Temple of Heaven 3D wooden model
Price: from RMB 17
Let your friends feel the awesomeness of one of the best parks in Beijing with this wooden model of the Temple of Heaven. What’s more, have them make their own Beijing amusement park because you can also buy models of Tian’anmen and the Great Wall!
Peking Opera cycle helmet
Price: from RMB 194
Because the share-bike industry in China just keeps soaring like the high-pitched voice of a Peking opera singer. When your friends visit Beijing and find out that Mobikes, Ofos, and Bluegogos are not as fun without safety gear, give them this fab helmet for a truly operatic cycling experience on the streets of ol’ Peking!
Price: from RMB 26
As cliché as these may seem, folding fans are a cool gift. Especially when you open them with style.
Price: from RMB 108, depending on silver content
Aside from the Great Wall, what else is China known for? Pandas. In fact, there’s a term called panda diplomacy, and you can bring these creatures home in the form of a silver coin.
Panda wallet and card holder
Price: from RMB 12
If you have a Panda coin, then you need a Panda purse to keep it in.