Shopping in Lijiang
has long been an important stop along the legendary Tea-Horse Trading
Route which connects Kunming with Tibet and even further into India. The
unique location of the city has made it a meeting point for traders and
a distribution point for merchandise from different parts of China and
For several hundred years, Sifang Jie
Square has been the major market here. Today, the Square is still the
best place for buying exotic local specialties, the most famous being
bronze ware.The small streets in the ancient town are also clustered
with all kinds of shops and boutiques where you can pick up some
interesting nik naks.
Most of the shops here are tourist-oriented
and sell nice art crafts as souvenirs. Mr. Kun's Arthouse, the Brother's
Art Space and the Juyiyuan Gallery are particularly interesting.
Other famous shops include the Bunong's
bells , the Dongba Herbal Medicine Shop and the Grass Root House which
is famous for its original pictograph inscribed T-shirts.