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    Any teashop in Kunming: Pu Er tea - great edible souvenir

    by hooiluangoh Written Jun 26, 2004

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    These tea biscuits measure 8 inches across

    Tea is Yunnan's specialty.

    And the teashop is one of the best places to experience local culture.

    The host will take you through a tea ceremony. Just watch him/her brew the tea, pour it from his pot to a storage pot, then to your little teacup.

    Enjoy a cuppa !

    What to buy: Pu Er Green Tea
    Pu Er Black Tea

    You can buy it from the large jar, or take the whole compressed brick/biscuit/lump home with you.

    What to pay: Tea is like wine. The price ranges from less than 10 RMB per 100g to hundreds RMB per 100g.

    You can bargain a bit if you buy more than RMB 10.

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    Western Hills or Green Lake: A set of minorities figures

    by hooiluangoh Updated Jul 5, 2004

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    52 of them living in china

    Along the road to the top of Westhill you will find a lot of stalls.

    Alternatively on the north side of Green Lake.

    China has 52 races living in the country. In Yunnan you can find 26 of them.

    What to buy: The set of figurines is a good momento of Yunnan as this is a province with lots of minorities. The set comes with an introduction of each figurine in English.

    What to pay: The minorities figures ( a set of 56 ) cost about RMB 40.

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    Minorities craft: Shopping for souvenirs in bulk

    by hooiluangoh Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    Dolls dressed in minority costumes

    This is a little shop in the giant wholesale market called "Luosiwan Everyday Use Goods Teminal market" or "Luosiwan Riyong Pifa Shichang".

    The shop sells various bags and pouches and letter boxes made by the minorities at both wholesale (> 5 pc) and retail price.

    There are 26 ethnic minorities living in Yunnan, the most prominent ones being Bai (Dali), Yi (largest minorities population), Naxi (because of Lijiang), Tibetians (up in the mountains), and Dai (Xishuang Banna prefecture).

    What to buy: The pouches which cost as little as RMB 1.5 (wholesale).

    There are also dolls, hand-crafted wooden dolls dressed in ethnic costumes.

    What to pay: Less than RMB 5 per item.

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    Wholesale market on Shang Yi Street: Light up your day with beautiful flowers

    by hooiluangoh Written Nov 20, 2003

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    in the name of the rose

    Lots of flowers for sale in the market. About 100 stalls. Roses, Carnations, Lilies, and Gerberras are the most common.

    Also available are dried flowers, essential oils and burner.

    Don't need to pay more than RMB 5 for each bouquet, unless you are sure of the superior quality.

    The whole street has many flower shops. You have to walk a bit down the street to find the market.

    What to buy: Roses at RMB 5 for 20 stalks are irresistable.
    There are many colours to choose from. Carnations are even cheaper.

    Expect to pay more for those flower arrangement though, although the colour combination is quite "country-style". Imagine yellow and red roses put together.

    What to pay: RMB 5 per bouquet.

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    Walmart/Carrefour: You can find hypermarkets here

    by hooiluangoh Updated Jun 16, 2004

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    Carrefour entrance

    Walmart and Carrefour have made their way to Kunming. Personal items are aplenty, and the price is cheap. Also available are grocery items.

    However, the CD's are slightly more expensive than the ones on the street.

    What to buy: You can also find special things like Yunnan sweets, beef jerkey, and Yunnan tea in these supermarkets.

    What to pay: Cheap, as long as it is not imported.

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    Any supermarket, or fresh ones from wet market: Buy some mushrooms in Kunming

    by hooiluangoh Updated Jun 29, 2004

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    mushroom season - June to Oct

    Kunming is famous for its mushrooms.
    You can stirfry them with garlic and peppercorn, stirfry them with other veges, make an omelette, throw them in your favourite soups and improvise a recipe of your own.

    In the months of June to Oct (rainy season), one can also find many wild mushrooms. Locals love them, and die from eating them.
    Some are poisonous until thoroughly cooked. Restaurants and canteens are not allowed (by the authorities) to prepare them for fear of group poisoning.

    What to buy: 1. Dried Black Niu(2) Gan(1) Jun(4)

    2. Dried Yellow Niu(2) Gan(1) Jun(4)

    3. Dried Ji(1) Zhong(1) Jun(4) - tastes like chicken

    4. Dried Song(1) Rong(2) - this is the ultra expensive mushroom, especially in Japan (matsutake?). They grown close to the pine trees.

    What to pay: At supermarket, the first 3 are quite reasonable, about RMB 150 per KG. The last one is more expensive about RMB 1000 per KG.

    At the wet market, the fresh mushrooms start from RMB 6 per KG.

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    Any dry-good store, or stalls at market: Gingko nuts in Kunming

    by hooiluangoh Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Dried squid.
    Dried seahorse.
    All kinds of stuff.

    What to buy: Gingko nuts is a bargain here. They are ultra-fresh (unlike the mouldy look you may get in many malaysian store) and of good quality.

    What to pay: About 18 RMB to 25 RMB per KG, depending on the size, and the poshness of the shop/stall.

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    Any chinese medicine shop: Dang Gui and other Herbs in Kunming

    by hooiluangoh Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Traditional chinese medicines/herbs.

    What to buy: 1. Dang(1) Gui(1) - from RMB 50 per KG.
    2. San(1) Qi(1) - the fewer the "heads" the better, good for blood flow - from RMB 380 per KG.
    3. Dried red dates - from RMB 20 per KG.

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    Roadside stalls: This local snack is yummy to black white & honey

    by hooiluangoh Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Waiting to go into your mouth

    You can recognise it by its deep-frying wok, and the pieces of potato sitting on a steel net above the wok.

    Note: it is deep-fried, not BBQ.

    What to buy: The potato is smeared with some sauce, a mixture of furu (fermented beancurd) and doubianjiang(fermented bean sauce).

    Then a handful of mint leaves + er gen (nobody likes it, but luckily its amount is relatively few, but do try it just to experience the taste, it has a "cooling" property to counter the "heat" from the deep-fried potatoes) + coriander + rosemary is tossed into the bag.

    Chilli powder is an option you can do without if you prefer non-spicy snack.

    What to pay: Get a RMB0.50 bag. It will do as an excellent afternoon snack. And it is vegetarian !

    If you are not that ladylike, you can eat and walk at the same time.

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    Depends on the item: If you are looking for a bargain

    by hooiluangoh Written Jun 27, 2004

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    Depends on the item.

    This is a list of items which are produced in Yunnan, so it is inexpensive to buy and makes a good souvenir.

    What to buy: 1. Herb - Tian Ma. Cures migranes and headaches.

    2. Herb - San Qi. Excellent for people with high blood pressure.

    3. Flower tea - Yunnannese makes tea with all kinds of flowers.

    4. Pu Er tea - This is only produced in Yunnan and nowhere else in the world.

    5. Dolls dressed in ethnic costumes/Bai fabric (great table cloth)/minorities arts and crafts.

    6. Processed ham (yunnan ham)

    7. Various mushrooms (dried so you can take home). Be adventurous here. Apparently the most expensive is "song rong".

    What to pay: Depends on the item.

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    Jin Hui: Dried seaweed in Kunming

    by hooiluangoh Written Jan 18, 2004

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    This is a supermarket specialising in Yunnanese products.

    What to buy: Seaweed. My mom says the seaweed in Kunming is fantastic, although I am puzzled because Kumnnig is far from the sea.

    This is the seaweed you use to make soup.

    Throw some sliced pork, or minced pork, and fishballs. Garnish with coriander and chopped spring onion. Yum yum.

    What to pay: Cheaper than what you pay in Malaysia

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    Chinese medicine shop on Xichang Road: "foot spa powder"

    by hooiluangoh Written Jun 12, 2004

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    chinese herbal foot-spa powder

    A chinese medicine shop which sells herbal foot-spa powder !! I have been to many massage parlours in Kunming, and of course they use this powder for the foot-spa. I like the herbal aroma of it.

    So when I saw this shop selling it (1 pack for RMB 5, you only need to pour half a pack in the hot water each time), i just had to buy it.

    What to buy: Herbal foot-spa powder

    What to pay: RMB 5 per pack

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    Fu lin tang (one of the most popular): Visit the chinese herbal medicine shop

    by hooiluangoh Written Jun 28, 2004

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    chinese herbal medicine shop

    This is a shop invested by some businessmen from hong kong. Anyway that aside, there are also some others like "yi xing tang", which is the oldest herbal medicine shop in Kunming.

    What to buy: There are two herbal medicine that is local to Kunming:

    1) san(1) qi(1) or tian(2) qi(1). This is good for those with high blood pressure.

    2) tian(1) ma(2). This is good for those with migraines.

    You double-boil chicken/meat with them in it.

    What to pay: Depends on the grade. San qi starts from RMB 60 per 100g, whereas tian ma starts from RMB 200 per 100g (the wild ones)

    As the stuff are dry, they are quite light, so even 50g is plenty.

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    Roadside stalls: BBQ Er Quai / Rice pancake

    by hooiluangoh Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Er Quai on the BBQ

    A net over a coalfire to BBQ the Er Quai, which is one of the 18 strange things about Yunnan.

    Er Quai is made from cooked rice. This is different from other chinese pancakes (papa) which are usually made from rice flour or wheat flour.

    Pots of sauces, both savoury and sweet, and spicy.

    Just tell them what you like.

    About RMB 1 per piece.

    What to buy: BBQ Er Quai.

    You may add You Tiao to it. (RMB 0.50 extra)

    What to pay: Er Quai = RM 1 per piece.

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    Any fruit stall: Green plums - a must buy in Spring

    by hooiluangoh Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    Go for the green ones!

    Fruit stalls are good to visit in Kunming, especially for an "orang kampung" from Malaysia.

    What to buy: I never thought green plums could taste so good, until I accidentally bought some while waiting for my bus.

    They are wonderfully sweet.

    What to pay: RMB 2.50 to RMB 5 per KG. (about 15 fruit - good buy eh ?) Do make sure the vendors' weighing scale is accurate. Watch that, because if you don't, chances are you will be cheated.

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