At the southwest corner of Hou Hai, a popular tourist area, lies a small shop, carrying the local products from southwest China¡¯s Yunnan province. The façade of the shop is reminiscent of Old Beijing, with grey bricks and a yellow signboard hanging above the door.
As soon as I got into the shop, I noticed some Pu¡¯er tea shaped into round flat cake. It¡¯s called Bing Cha, or cake tea. The brands are all some of the best, such as Da Yi and Long Sheng. Prices for these healthful tea range from 68 yuan to 268 yuan each. Also on display are gift boxes of Pu¡¯er tea, which is a popular gift item.
Before there was instant ramen, there was "Cross-bridge Rice Noodles", a famous dish in Yunnan, where all the ingredients are mixed into the noodle soup right before it's served. The shop sells the rice noodles used for this dish at 6.5 yuan per 500 g.
Another thing that caught my eye was the Bamboo Tube Liquor. The particular liquor had a beautiful bamboo tube packaging, and cost 48 yuan for the 1 liter bottle.
Other goods on sale included local snacks like roast beef and preserved vegetables.
What I appreciated
Characteristic Yunnan specialties
What customers appreciate
Yunnan local products, local features