As a province with many ethnic minorities, Yunnan specialties have distinctly ethnic characteristics. And I had a look at many of them yesterday afternoon, when I found a small Yunan specialties shop inside the East Third Ring.
Cloth hand bags hanging on the walls greeted me as I walked inside. I took a close look, and saw that they were handmade by Yunnan locals. Further inside there were goods on shelves classified into different sections: liquors and fruit juices, Pu¡¯er tea, ethnic foodstuff, etc.
What impressed me most about Yunnan liquor was the packaging. The liquor came in a bamboo tube, and a 500g bottle sold for 55 yuan. Another kind was purple rice liquor came in a thinner bamboo tube. A 250g bottle cost 28 yuan. Even after one finishes the drink, the bamboo tube can still serve as a decoration.
The Pu¡¯er teas there were shaped into cakes and bricks. Among them, a tea brick appealing to me was called ¡®Cultural Revolution Brick¡¯ (250 g, 110 yuan). The picture on the white wrapping paper depicts the red guards of that period (1966 - 1976). Also on sale were fermented and unfermented tea cakes.
Dried rice noodle was a popular item in the shop, used for making the famous ¡®Cross-bridge Rice Noodles¡¯. Other foods included wild edible mushroom, natural lucid ganoderma, and preserved vegetables. All of them were inexpensive.
Various local products from Yunnan, inexpensive prices
What customers appreciate
Yunnan specialties, catering to common people
Especially soft and warm Tibetan carpets
Pottery folk art
Purple clay & porcelain tea sets
Tearing paper into works of art