This one certainly looks much more presentable. Again, I've no idea what's inside.Pity... but can't see them all!There are numerous museums in China. Imagine that extensive history & the population in China & perhaps you'll have a grasp of depth of its history & arts.Anyhow, we all have to prioritize in life. Museums have never been a priority for...more
Take a stroll down the Old Street... akin to those Old Towns in Europe. It's full of rows of old architecture, chinese-styled. Shophouses displaying local goodies & arts & crafts.Was told this is one of the places to get antiques. But I'm not into antiques, so can't tell you much about it & bargaining power as well. I've heard lots of stories about...more
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This one is great. A mix of pancake, omelette & spring roll. You get to choose the fillings.Anyway, this is the only place I've ever seen them. Don't know if they have a specific name for it. But anyhow, whatever looks good, try it! You may surprise yourself :-)As I've said earlier, there are simply too many kinds of food in China. Whatever you see...more
The Chinese uses lots of beans in their diets, be it soup, main dish or desserts & drinks. Bean Curd or sometimes commonly known as Tofu is one of the "staples" in some country side or small towns in China.Bean Curd is made of soya bean milk.They are served either saltish or sweet. Depending on the way it's cooked.If you are interested in them,...more
Waiting room at Tunxi/Huangshan City Railway Station 25.8.2004
I arrived there almost 3 hours earlier before the train departure so I had time to read my book, watch the local people and - been seen and noticed by almost everyone! The Chinese people are very friendly to "big noses" and likes to start a conversation or just say "Hello!". They are very curious about where does this stranger come from, what does she eat, how does she handle the chop sticks etc.
Notice the walking sticks, used to climb on Huangshan!
This advice is for experts and daring amateurs. I am about to share with you my secrets for antique shopping in China based on centuries of experience.
#1. Timing is critical. The best time to shop is during meal hours; lunch and dinner. This is when knowledgeable owners often leave their shop in the incapable hands of country bumpkin relatives who are good at math but don't know the difference between Qing and Ming dynasties.
#2. Look for the most unorganized stores. I am most encouraged when shop displays are a jumbled mess that look like an Ali Baba flea market. Avoid stores that look too tidy.
#3. Ask where the cultural relics came from. Try to assess how long they have been in the shop. Your goal is to see what just arrived from the other provinces so that you can take advantage of items that have not been on display very long. This is how bargains are uncovered. I once had a fair young lass confess, "These just arrived from Shaanxi last week but I don't know much about them."
I had to turn my head quickly so she wouldn't see my evil smile.
#4. Look for things you've never seen before. There are so many fakes out there. The key to finding authentic relics is to search for those objects that don't fit the mold. For example, Tang San Cai horses and Xian terra cotta warriors are a dime a dozen. Look for relics that appear most unusual and those are usually the ones that could be most valuable. This takes some practice and a lot of experience but once you're an expert then it's loads of fun to prey on unsuspecting shopkeeping assistants.
#5. Make them dig around for you. This is related to tip 3. The more that comes out from behind counters and back rooms, the better your chances at finding those genuine valuables. Keep in mind that other experts have gone through this shop already so what you see on display is mostly "leftovers"
What to buy: #6. Musical instruments, funerary objects and other ceramic sculptures, and anything else that catches your eye. Avoid jade, ivory, and wood carvings.
#7. There is now a market in China for Cultural Revolution memorabilia. A lot of this stuff is junk so you should never pay more than 50 RMB for anything from the 1960s.
What to pay: #8. You should never pay the first price you are given at any antique market. Always bargain using whatever tactics work best for you. There is nothing in Tunxi's antique markets that you should pay 1000 RMB for.
There are too many things that should not be 100 RMB but shopkeepers like trying that number on tourists just to see if they'll pay it.
#9. If you do find a cultural relic you are certain is a priceless museum piece then don't haggle too much. Your goal is to get it out of the store as quickly as possible and terminate all other shopping. Don't tell anybody where you are staying! Go straight back to your hotel room and gloat to yourself then prepare to get out of town first thing the next day, preferably by long distance bus.
When you venture into the heart of Tunxi, if you are Chinese, you'll realise what I'm trying to say. If not, don't bother.Remember those sword-fighting movies or tv serials you watched when you were a little boy or girl? Remember those streets where the swordmen would take a rest & sip their tea? Well, walking around in Tunxi give you a sense of...more
Tunxi is not where most foreigners will venture on their first trips to China. It's nothing like Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing or the West Lakes. It's not Tibet, Urumqi or Chengdu.In fact, most people won't be venturing here unless they are on their way to Huangshan. Hence, this is also one place where you have a lot of chance to mingle with the...more