Pingyao Shopping

Ancient Ming-Qing Street, Pingyao
Ancient Ming-Qing Street
The historical prosperity of Pingyao established in ancient times has left this city of many millennia imposing city walls and a series of ancient buildings as well as a vitality for handcrafts and local products:

Tuiguang Lacquerware (Polished Lacquerware):
Pingyao's Tuiguang Lacquerware is famous for its fine hand polished finish. The process used in its production dates from the early years of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and it prospered in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911). With a simple antique appearance, such lacquerware looks most elegant, with a wonderful smooth, shining surface.

The principal color of the lacquerware is coal-black, but Chinese red, an apricot color or greenish purple are also used.  Most are then decorated with golden and resplendent designs based on figures from classical novels or legends. 
Polished Lacquerware
What's more, the designs are achieved with inlays of small polished shells, mother of pearl, ivory and even colorful pebbles, which add much to their delicate appeal. There is a wide variety of lacquerware available ranging from folding screens, wardrobes or jewelry caskets.

Recommended Local Products:
Hunqi Zhai: The lacquerware available here is famous in Pingyao. What's more, the Hunqi Zhai is also an ancient residence with typical Shanxi style.
Address: No.7, Huludu, Shuyuan Street, Old City

Liuhetai Pillow: 'Liuhetai' refers to the harmony and peace of the world in Chinese. The 'Liuhetai Pillow' is different from the traditional solid pillow we use. It is almost cuboid with symmetrical communicating apertures on each side. Such a design endows the pillow with an ability to breathe that promotes good health. Because of these special holes, people do not feel pressure on their ears during sleep.

Cloth Shoes
Cloth Shoes

Cloth Shoes: The handmade cloth shoes in Pingyao are commonly seen. Cloth shoes are quite absorbent and ventilate the feet. They are not as hard as leather shoes and so are inclined to be much more comfortable. You will find various kinds of cloth shoes sold in Pingyao's streets: some in simple black, some are embroidered and some are of damask cloth. All of them may be regarded as exquisite handicrafts as well as practical shoes promoting good to health.

Recommended Shops:
Qu's Shoes Shop
The shoes on sale here are made on the premises. Various kinds of cloth shoes are available.
Address: No.31, North Avenue, Old City

In addition to the items mentioned above, Pingyao's Paper-Cuts and Facial Painting are also well-known in China. Paper-Cutting has mainly a harmonious theme of people, animals and plants drawn from daily life and these delicate works always show an auspicious connotation as well as their decorative value. Facial Painting in Pingyao is mainly about Jin Opera and Beijing Opera. Jin Opera is the local opera of Shanxi and its Facial Painting is quite similar to that of Beijing Opera.

Facial Painting sold in Pingyao
Facial Painting

Tips: Within Pingyao Old City, you can bargain for almost all goods when you want to buy them (even when you charter a batter car or book a hostel). What's more, the local products mentioned above are available in the Ancient Ming and Qing Street.

Department Store:
Gutao Department Store
Address: No.19, Yongan Street

Super Markets:
Some local products such as products made of Chinese Yam can be found in the super market here.

Address: No.9, Shuncheng Road

Pingyao Branch
Address: No.25, Shuncheng Road
Pingyao Yufeng Branch
Address: No.79, Western Avenue

- Last updated on Oct. 20, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shopping in Pingyao
Asked by Navac from FRANCE | Oct. 16, 2019 19:24Reply
Could you recommend a good shop to taste and buy vinegar in Pingyao ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kimi from USA | Oct. 20, 2019 18:35

You can go to Niangjia Vinegar. It is located at No.1, West street of ancient city.
Asked by Michelle from CANADA | Apr. 02, 2015 20:36Reply
Are there any special food products that are good to take any special vinegars?
Where can you buy food souvenirs?
Answers (1)
Answered by Susu from INDIA | Apr. 03, 2015 00:55

You mean from Pingyao? If yes, beef there is very famous. and you can also buy some jujube.

For vinegar, Shuita (Water Tower), Zilin (Purple Woods), Donghu (East Lake), Ninghuafu (old name of Taiyuan) are recommended brands.

All them are available inside shops in the ancient town or supermarkets outside the town.

One thing to remind is that please confirm they can be brought into your home country. I mean the customs.
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