As one of the most significant cities in northwestern China, Xi'an develops dramatically in recent years. There are plenty of shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets in the city, which are mainly located along Dong Dajie, Nan Dajie and Jiefang Lu. Known as a historic city, Xi'an does not let the tourist down. Visitors can feast their eyes on numerous handicrafts, replicas of antiques as well as products from all over the world.
Main shopping districts in Xi'an
Shu Yuanmen Art Street: Four Treasures of the Study (writing brush, ink, paper and inkstand), calligraphy and painting, tourist souvenirs; Moslem Street: Local specialties, art wares, tourist souvenirs; Jiefang Lu -Dong Dajie-Drum Tower-Nan Dajie-Xi Dajie: Modern shopping sites with high-end department stores scattered; Intersection area of Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Paradise of digital products; Xiao Zhai shopping districts: Best shopping destination for those who pursue the fashion trace.
Main Shopping Mall
Located between the ancient Bell tower and Drum tower, Century Ginwa Shopping Mall is a landscaped square with profound cultural connotations as well as a high quality, exclusive shopping center. The mall opened in 1998 and now houses over sixty world-famous brands for discriminating customers, including Bally, Burberry, Dior, Givenchy, Lancome, Estee Lauder, and other all of which make Ginwa a fashion center in Xian.
Opposite Ginwa is Kai Yuan Shopping Mall, one of the biggest department stores in Xian. Both the price and the quality of the commodities and the sales service are often praised by shoppers, who have made it one of the most popular shopping places in Xian.
Xi'an Shopping Items
Calligraphy Rubbings: For those interested in Chinese calligraphy or the history of the language, books can be purchased that provide accurate and extensive texts and visuals offering a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge on the ancient form of calligraphy.
Folk Paintings: The folk paintings of Xian borrow their line drawing techniques and brush strokes from traditional Chinese brush painting. Popular souvenirs, the artists draw inspiration from cultural and historical figures, flowers, birds and animals. The canvases are laden with colour and eye catching images that seek to illustrate the atmosphere of life in rural China. Paintings can be purchased at most tourist attractions, from street vendors and the shops around the areas of museums and relics.
Green Porcelain: Originating in the Song Dynasty, Qing Ciqi ¨C Green Porcelain is a method of porcelain making that is widely used in teapots, often portraying animals and floral themes as a decorative feature. The elegant material is durable and is especially popular as a means to make crockery.
Paper Cutting: Paper cutting is a popular folk art in Shaanxi Province and is used as interior decoration by locals during holidays and weddings. During these times villagers take to adorning their walls and doors with colorful paper cuttings to signify the celebration or holiday¡¯s season. Symbolising themes such as good luck, happiness, scenery, legends and myths-the designs are eclectic and rich in colour. Don¡¯t expect to pay much for one of these unique decorations, but as per usual still be prepared to bargain.
Tang Pottery Replicas: As the capital of the Tang Dynasty, Xian continues to produce replicas of the pottery the Dynasty was so revered for. Distinct for its blue, green and yellow glazes of colour, it is still handmade and complies with traditional themes such as figurines, ceramic camels and horses. All visitors should be aware that all of these are replicas, regardless of the lengths the vendor may go to protest the age of his goods and it's worth remembering that the Tang era was between 600 and 900 AD which would make anything from that time a museum piece. Check out Xian Friendship store and Xian cultural relics for some good and reasonably priced replicas.
Terracotta Warriors: Many different types and sizes of these enigmatic souvenirs can be bought and taken home-from a few inches to life size! Of course the price rises in conjunction with the height of the models. Life-size replicas can be bought for anywhere from $500 to $1,000, depending on your haggling skills.
This usually includes shipping. The best place to buy is probably after having a tour of the site, on which you will visit one of the factories; this is the surest way to get a fair price. Otherwise, Xian¡¯s most iconic souvenir can be purchased from most places around the city.
Besides the above mentioned, other local specialties include wickerwork, Chinese gooseberry, green porcelain, rubbing stones, shadow puppet, straw products, Xifeng Liquor, dough figurines pinching¡¢rattan plaited articles, Shaanxi Chinese chestnut, the clay sculpture, wood engraving picture, Lintong persimmon and pomegranate, Shaanbei Large Red Dates, copy of Tang wall painting, facial painting of Shanxi Opera, peasant painting in Hu County, the colored drawing on pottery, replicates of bronze cars and horses as well as Tang tri-colored glazed pottery, etc.