Shopping in Longsheng
Shopping in Longsheng
The characteristic tourist souvenirs are attractive for the visitors. These souvenirs include Longsheng rare stones, the ethnic group's embroidery, arts and crafts including gold or silver decorations, Yao ethnic group's wax-printing goods, hand-knitted straw sandals and Zhuang ethnic group's brocade and bags.
The various carvings made out of bamboo, wood root and pencil stone are popular among those who like collecting such craftworks. The production output of the pencil stone in Sanmen Township of Longsheng is ranked in the second place in China. The pencil stone is the wonderful material for the carvings. Also, in the mountainous area of the town the output of the bamboo is high and in great varieties such as the square-stem bamboo and the ornamental bamboo. When the bamboo is made into a walking stick, more and more visitors buy it because of its practical merit.
Longsheng belongs to a mountainous area and its local products are very rich in categories: Longji Tea (Dragon's Backbone Tea), Longji Chili, Longji Water Wine, talc and bamboo products. The most famous local products are Longji Four Treasures which are produced in the areas of Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces: Longji Chili, Longji Yunwu Tea, Longji Water Wine, and Longji Xiangnuo (fragrant sticky rice). Longji Yunwu Tea has become the imperial tribute since the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911) and tastes pure as well as fragrant; Longji Chili is not only piquant but also spicy; Longji Xiangnuo is the material to make Longji Water Wine and the wine is sweet. In addition, the green foodstuffs in there like the bamboo shoot, the wild mushroom, the brake and the agarics are tasty and healthy.
Chu Nan Guan is an old building in Longsheng Town which was built in 1882 and has been the assembly place for businessmen ever since. This store pays great attention to local traditional dining culture and creates its own brand 'Chu Nan Xiang'. The Chu Nan Xiang series products include Longji Chili Sauce and Longji Sour Ginger which offer diverse options to visitors.
Tourists can not find the department stores or the supermarkets there due to the protection of the Chinese ethnic minority group's traditional pristine atmosphere. But within each scenic area and in town area, there are appointed shopping locations which offer high-quality merchandise for tourists. The following are some stores' telephones for your convenience:
Longji Special Local Product Franchised Store: 0773-7582463
Longji Hot Springs Special Local Product Store: 0773-7482688
Yanmen Miao Village Special Local Product Store: 0773-7482280
Mian Shan Ye Special Local Product Store: 0773-7514620
Chu Nan Guan Store: 0773-7515557
I will be traveling to the Guilin & Yangshuo area. I also want to go to Longsheng.It sounds like I should go to Guilin 1st before I go there, rather than back tracking from Yangshuo?
I am traveling by myself. Are there guides once you get to LS or is it better to go with a tour ?
I have some points and hope to stay at the sheraton, will the tours be much more expensive if I book thru the hotel. I really hate tours but I know I need a guide any suggestions and idea of the cost per day for a guide.