Xian is a great place to do some fantastic Chinese souvenir shopping, especially for cultural items. The area around Jiefang Road is Xian´s thriving business district, and most retail stores are along Dongdajie and Xidajie.
Xian is rich of ancient Chinese culture and calligraphy. Books of rubbings from some of the most famous Chinese calligraphers can be purchased there. If you are interested in Chinese history, language, or calligraphy, then this is an excellent opportunity to enrich your collection of calligraphic rubbings.
Folk painting is one of the most fantastic and special type of souvenir in Xian. The local folk painters have borrowed the line drawing techniques of traditional Chinese brush painting and draw inspiration from cultural and historical figures, animals, flowers and birds. Great folk paintings can be purchased at most tourist attractions from street vendors and in small shops nearby.
Green Porcelain (Qing Ciqi) is method of making porcelain which originated in the Song Dynasty. Lifelike animals and flowers are the major decorative themes and the most common colors of this porcelain are blue and green. Useful and durable, yet also elegant and pretty, this porcelain has many uses and forms. Green Porcelain is especially favored as a material for making tea pots.
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