Chengdu Travel Diary | Jinli-02
Souvenirs You Can Bring Home – Jinli, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
This is how a stroll look like, even though they are small, but they have everything necessary to run a business, including internet connection, cash register and even takes credit card. Each stroll has a unique product line to sell and a theme and story to go with it. This is how most of stroll is setup here.
This stroll sell grass shoes. the story behind this product is based on the famous king during the three kingdoms period, Liu Bei. Liu Bei is the emperor of Shu kingdom, the area that is Sichuan now.
He makes grass shoes for a living when he was young. Even after he has became emperor, he continuously make grass shoes for the people around him, including his general and his army. This is his way of reminding him self and the people around him of where they come from and why they are here. The grass shoes serve the purpose of reminding them not to forget their root and to always put the people first before anything in their ruling.
These shoes, of course, has nothing to do with him. In fact, I don’t think they are hand made at all. The story is just a marketing strategy that works beautifully.
These birds look so real!! It might not look real from this closed-up photo, but from far, they almost fool me as the real bird, especially when they move, it was quite amazing.
This stand sells leather, hand-made small items, a popular items for the ladies especially those colorful small bags, they are both practical and visually pleasing.
The Chinese opera mask for sell! These masks are use in the Chinese opera of different region and they are very colorful. I am assuming these are for the Sichuan version of the opera since I am in Sichuan after all. These mask meant to represent different personality on stage. A lot of them also represent famous historical and fictional character.
The Chinese invented the crossbow, do you know that? This one is actually one of those rapid fire one, it fire continuously. It actually is the ancient time machine gun. It is indeed an ingenious design and a deadly weapon at the same time. You can try one for a couple yuan here. It fires quickly and strong, but I have trouble aiming straight.
Tea cup, you can find a lot in Chengdu. It is understandable since the Chinese really like to drink tea. The high quality one are made from a special kind of clay call zisha, by hand. These tea cups in the photo are made of clay, I am just not sure if it is from those special clay, and if it is by hand. You do have to be careful buying items in China, there are a lot of facts out there.
*Jinli is a popular tourist spot in Chengdu, Sichuan, China