Gift Ideas for Her
Foreign friends who travelled to China usually tend to bring some gifts with Chinese characteristics for their relatives or friends while going back home. In, China, there are a number of featured Chinese gifts of a great variety for ladies, such as China Southern sea pearls, Chinese silk, Chinese jade articles and Chinese Knot. In the following, we introduce some of the most popular gifts.
- Chinese Brocade：China has gained the repute of producing one of the world’s finest quality silk fabrics. Chinese brocade, as it is known today, has takers from all across the globe. It is rich in color and texture with patterns usually from Chinese folklore. Among the various kinds of brocades found in China, the most sought after are the following: Yun Brocade，Shu Brocade, Song Brocade and Zhuang Brocade.
- Chinese Knot: The Chinese knot is an art form in China; a simple but charming knot made from colorful silk thread that brings luck, long-life and safety to its owner. Tourists can buy them in many shops of nearly every city.
- Chinese Lantern: The Chinese lantern is a traditional folk art, or craft, whose origin is enshrouded in mystery, and which, not unlike most folklore, is perhaps one part fact and two parts creative fiction.
- Chinese Painting: Chinese painting is not only the oldest continuous artistic tradition in the world, it represents a unique medium in the field of fine arts, worldwide: it is painted on rice paper or on thin silk. The paint, which may be Chinese ink or Chinese painting dyes – not oil paint – is applied with brushes, just as are oil paints and other paint mediums in Western art, although the paint medium will naturally have an influence on, if not completely determine, the type of brush stroke.
- Chinese Porcelain: Porcelain, they say, is China’s “gift” to the world. Hailed as one of the must-haves in many households, porcelain has found its way into many countries across the globe. It was in China that porcelain was first discovered. Chinese porcelain can be traced to mainly six provinces in China: Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Hebei and Shandong. While each province boasts of its unique styles, they all follow the common techniques of base forming, decoration, glazing and firing. JingdeZhen Porcelain, Liling Under-glaze Colors Porcelain, Dehua White Porcelain, Longquan Celadon, Shaoxing Yue Porcelain.
- Chinese Silk: China is the birthplace of silk. Sericulture (the raising and keeping of silkworms for silk production) has a long and colorful history unknown to most people.
- Chinese Jade Articles: The Chinese jade articles are mainly produced in cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Yangzhou of Jiangsu Province, etc. The different jade articles made in different places are characterized by different art styles. Those made in Beijing are in very solemn, elegant, and graceful styles, while those made in Shanghai are mainly imitations of the ancient bronze wares, with very ancient and exquisite styles, those from the city of Guangzhou have absorbed the characteristics of western art, as a result looking quite attractive and novel, and those from Yangzhou city are mainly characterized by flowing lines and delicate designs. Different jade-making techniques from different places have all been handed down from generation to generation, with their own specific and unique local characteristics.
- Chinese Embroidery: Suzhou or Su embroidery has a history of over 2000 years. It was produced on a large scale during the Song Dynasty. In the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty, Shen Shou, a master embroiderer, combined Japanese and Western fine arts with traditional Chinese embroidery skills to create a unique style. Su embroidery is very elegant, with simple designs highlighting a main theme. The stitching is smooth, dense, thin, neat, even, delicate and harmonious. The thin threads are divided into numerous strands that are barely visible to the naked eye. Double-sided embroidery has the same patterns on both sides and uses an embroidering method that shows no seams in the stitches. Su embroidery has become increasingly famous throughout the world.
- Chinese Kite: Chinese Kites were first invented by Chinese about 2,000 years ago. They are traditional Chinese gifts with Chinese characteristics. Tourists can manage to buy them in many cities and towns in China.
- Chinese Pottery: Porcelain is a significant invention from ancient China. People made primitive porcelain early in the Shang Dynasty, and real porcelain was first made in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Porcelain manufacturing in China gradually developed from the Wei, Jin and North and South Dynasties to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Ceramic is one of the three greatest specialties from the Western Han Dynasty that has become internationally known. The town of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province is China’s "Porcelain Capital" in China.
- Chinese Paper Umbrella: Very few inventions of man can match the perfect marriage of delicacy and sturdiness than that of the paper umbrella from China. The dainty surface, with its paintings of flowers, birds, characters and the picturesque Chinese landscape, belies the strength that can shield man from many hazards of nature. So, what is it that goes into making it such a unique possession? Let’s retrace our steps to the very land from where it originated - the Fujian province of China.