Where to Buy:
Xinhua Road in the city center is the home of Jiayuguan’s many shopping malls, including Jiayuguan Department Store, Renmin Shopping Mall and Xiongguan Plaza. Jewelry, handicrafts, paintings, jades, ceramics, carved local stone and Chinese four treasures of the study, namely the brush, ink, paper, and ink stone can all be found here.
Transport: Remin Department Store Station, Bus line 1, 4 and 5
The Great Wall Surroundings is also a good option for shopping.
Here lies the city’s Luminous Cups Factory. Luminous Cups are alcohol-drinking vessels made of jades in the region. The cups sparkle under the moonlight, hence the name. This area is a great place for tourists to pick up luminous cups and other souvenirs for friends and families.
Transport: Guancheng South Road Station, Bus line 4 and 6
What to Buy
There is a household poem in China and one sentence from it goes, “Exquisite wine in cups that glitter at night.” Cups here refer to luminous cups made in northwestern China. Luminous cups are made of jade found in Mount Qilian and used to serve as wine cups. Jiayuguan houses a well-established factory name Luminous Cups Factory, inviting people to make a tour and take away some cups as souvenirs.
Camel Hair Paintings
Camel Hair Paintings are exclusive artworks by Jiayuguan artists. These paintings depict the landscape of western China, including splendid desert scenes. Camel hair fabric is most often seen in its natural tan color but hair from different parts presents different shades of color. The texture and color of camel hair make animals in the paintings, especially horses, camels and yaks look quite real.
Inkstone ranks among the Four Treasure of the Chinese Study with paper, ink, and brush. Inkstones in China are used for ink grinding in calligraphy and painting. Jiayuguan Inkstones are made of local stones which can be different colors including green, orange or yellow. Different colors of stones, together with natural markings and good carvings, gives Jiayuguan inkstones great ornament value.