When it comes to picking a souvenir to conclude your tour in Beijing, what shall you choose? A tea set, an embroidered painting, a brush pen? Actually, ornate chopsticks make excellent souvenirs for tourists. With their exquisite designs, these chopsticks and the matching accessories greatly complement your china, make great gifts, and easy to carry too. The Chinese have used chopsticks for most of its history. They are an integral part of the Chinese culture.
Yunhong Chopsticks is the largest franchise decorative chopsticks store in China, and is renowned for its quality, elegance, and uniqueness. I went to the outlet at Yueshow Fashion Market. They carry a huge selection of engraved chopsticks, chopstick holders, bowls, and decorative table clothes. There are even ornate spoons and forks for the non-chopstick users.
One extremely popular design for foreign customers is the chopsticks engraved with Chinese Opera masks. Chinese patrons, on the other hand, prefer chopsticks decorated with the Chinese zodiac animals for gifts. If you would like one as a gift, simply tell the shop assistant the birth date of the recipient, and they can tell you which animal design to get.
Prices start at RMB 40 for a pair and can rise to upwards of several thousand Yuan, depending on the wood type and design. There is haggling room for products above RMB 300.
Shop assistants are very hospitable, and can speak a little English. For foreign clientele, they can also teach you the right way to use chopsticks, and introduce you to the meanings of their chopsticks.
What I appreciate
Large selection of chopsticks and reasonable prices
What customers appreciate
Large selection and incredible designs
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