Local Products of Kunming
The Yunnan cigarette is made our lf the Yunnan flue-cured tobacco produced in
Yunnan Province, and the cut tobacco appears to be orange color mixed with fine
ingredients emitting appealing smell and mellow taste. It is a treasure product
among the high-grade cigarettes enjoying great fame.
It is a pharmacist-prepared medicine which cures internal and external injuries
particularly effective for stopping bleeding, curing wounds, relieving pain
and diminishing inflammation, invigorating the circulation of blood, reducing
the swelling and leasing, expelling pustule and relieving internal heat or fever
etc. It is famed as "Panacea". It was made by the Yunnan famous local
doctor Qu Huanzhang in 1914.
The Yunnan Stripe Bronze
Kunming has a long history of bronze manufactory industry. As early as the Warring
States and western Han periods, bronze culture was created in Kunming area unique
of its kind with distinctive national feature, marvelous regional color and
artistic style. The technology for the manufacture of bronze is rather complicated;
special technology is used to enable the bronze and other metals to be integrated
but not mixed together, presenting crest and stripe decorative pattern with
different golden colors interwoven together. It wins for it the fame because
of its luxurious elegance.
Wax Printing Products
Wax printing is a kind of handicraft articles dyed by hand by the local people
popular in the area of the minority nationalities of the Yunnan Province. It
has a long history. The wax dyeing garment materials mix together the culture
and art of the Yunnan minority nationalities. Its patterns are unique, new and
original, simple and unsophisticated. Products include clothing, handbags and
wall tapestry, etc.
The bright clothing and embroidered accessories of Yunnan's minority peoples
are favourite purchases . Aprons , shoulder bags , embroidered shoes , head
dresses and belts are particularly attractive . Decorated baby hats , caps ,
and beautifully appliqued beibei(padded cloth baby carrier , tied to the mothers'
back) are charming and amusing . Attractive blue and white batic cloth is made
up into handbags , dresses , napkins and tablecloths . The Minorities Department
Store is the source of many such items as well as cloth , braid , ornaments
, buttons and lace .
Many visitors have been impressed by the jade , which comes mostly from neighouring
Burman , jade bracelets ,jade fingers ,jade pillow . etc. Jade has been cherished
by the Chinese as symbol of many virtues . Jade carvings are made by chiselling
, grinding , and boring . Typical subjects of jade carving are flowers , birds
, animals , vases , incense burners and human figures especially beautiful woman
from popular fairy and legends . The skill of the craftsman is shown in his
ability to make the best use of the natural colour and the shape of the material
Many varieties of local tea exist ; some of the beat known names are Pu Erh
, Tou , Dianlu and Dabaicha . Yunnan black tea is very famous and excellent
Chinese from all over the world come to Yunnan for its traditional medicines
. Some familiarity with the products is necessary forsuccessful shopping , and
the mere reading of the packages sends many foreigners reeling . Chinese angelica
, a herb of the carrot family , is favoured as a pain killer , helps blood circulation
and is good for the stomach . Pseudo-ginseng (sanqi and tianqi ) is considered
an ideal preventive medicine for cardiovascular disease .
Local Products of Dali
Dali marble, quarried mainly in Cangshan Mountain, has an age-old mining history.
Dali marble, beautiful in patterns and colours, refined in texture and multiform
in variety, has a strong anti-corrosive nature. Among the multiform varieties,
there are "yunhui" (grey clouds), "caihua" (coloured flowers),
"shuimohua" (wash painting), "cangbaiyu" (white jade), etc.
The reserves of "yunhui" are the richest. "Shuimohua" is
the most famous and valuable. It is good for making high-grade building material
and handicrafts. A poem depicts the special features of Dali marble thus: "Marble
flower patterns are blazing with colours, exquisite, glistening, magnificent.
It is marvellous and picturesque that no painting in this world can compete
with. Such great riot of colour and patterns are resembling the life of man
and the beauty of nature."
The market of tourist souvenirs made of Dali marble with natural patterns has
a very bright future.
SCHIZOPYGE TALIENSIS (popularly known as "bow fish"):
It is a fresh water fish in Erhai Lake, mostly at the Xishan (Western Hills)
source of Erhai Lake. Schizopyge Taliensis favours swimming in clear water and
striving against swift current. It can spring up like a bow when it holds its
tail in its mouth and then releases.
With a fat and round back, the fish has white scales, opulent meat, fewer bones,
very small gall bladder, fine texture and high protein, soit is nutritious.
Therefore, it has been reputed as "the best of all fish" by the local
people. An adult fish weighs 200 to 300 grams.
Snow Pear, planted and cultivated in Haidong District, on the eastern shore
of Erhai Lake, is one of the finest pear species. It is round as a ball, green
in peel and white in pulp. A big one can weigh one fourth of a kilogram. With
rich sugar content, apple-acid, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin
B and C, the pear is juicy and sweet, and has the quality of promoting the production
of body fluid and quenching a thirst. It moistens the throat and relieves a
Tuocha (white tea or a bowl-shaped compressed mass of tea leaves) is the traditional
local tea and s&ely produced by the Xiaguan Tea Plant. The material is the
first-harvest leaves of the year. Through the process of screening, rubbing,
compressing and drying, the lump of tea leaves is made to look like an upside-down
cake, called Tuocha, black in colour. The tea water is clear, aromatic and sweet.
To drink Tuocha persistently will have the result of reducing fat and hypertension.
So now it has become a best seller both at home and abroad.
DALI STRAW HATS:
Straw hats are made of wheat straw in plait patterns, by going through bleaching
treatment, sewing together into hats and then fitting out with pink coloured
ribbons. The Dali straw hats have more than ~7o patterns and designs. The best
ones are those which require the finest wheat straw with best weaving techniques.
Straw hats are the favourites of young boys and girls of the Bai nationality
while they are having outings and visiting friends or relatives. And it is said
that straw hats are used as gifts among young people while they are courting
or getting married. Like marble articles, straw hats are another kind of the
most important handicrafts of Dali. In recent years, more patterns have been
designed and more hats produced. It is not only favoured by the minority people
at home, but also welcomed by people abroad. It has good markets in America,
Australia, the Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong.
It is also a traditional product of the Bais in Zhoucheng Village. The process
of making this kind of cloth is like this: First, the villagers fold and tie
white cloth by hand in the patterns of the Eight Diagrams (Bagua), butterflies,
the Three Pagodas with their reflections and plum flowers, etc. and then dye
the pieces of cloth for more than 10 times in indigo-blue water (both imported
indigo-blue and local made indigo-blue are used), and finally, hang them up
in the open air to dry and untie the nods and spread them out. Now, you'll see
the patterns of white and blue prints on the cloth. The characteristic of the
tie-dyed cloth is simple in style but the colour sustains. It is an excellent
material for making tourist products such as clothes, window and door curtains,
table cloth, wall hangings, souvenir bags and handkerchieves, which are applauded
warmly in both domestic and foreign markets.
LiJiang Local Products
It's produced in Shanchuan Basin of Yongshen county and this is the name origin.
There, because of special cooking skills, materials and weather, ham can be
kept well for several years.
It's named by Muoshuo and Pumi people in Lugu Lake area. In winter people kill
pigs and vacate the body, then put salt and other material into them. After
sewing the pigs body well people place one by one under a big stone-plate for
several days. When the pig's skin becomes dry and hard, all the making process
is over. This Zhubiao Meat can be kept well for years.
In Naxi language it is called MaBu, a very popular local food. A piece of pig
intestine is filled with mixed blood and sticking rice.
The main drinking of Naxi, Muoshuo and Pumi people to drink in the morning,
while eating Lijiang Baba. The colour is white and it smells good.
Yongsheng Oil Tea
First fry rice and tea leaves in oil, then at boiling water into it. The tasty
is incredibal with good smell.
Pieces of big pig,s meat.While eating,just hold one piece in hand without any
untensels.This Tuotuo pork is Yi people,s favourate.
The main material of this food is wheat flour and oil. There are two types:salty
and sweet,but both round in shape.Not only in new city but also in the Old Down
this Baba is on sale in every snack bar.
It's Yi minority's food specialty. In stead of wheat flour for Lijiang Baba,
this Baba is made of buckwheat flour.
It has a distinct gray-colour, but it's quite delicious and a very popular food
in Lijiang area.
A sweet and sour soft drink of low alcohol. It is light yellow and very netritious.
In Lijiang only Muosuo and Pumi people make it and call it SuLiMa, which now
is so popular for every one in Lijiang Prefecture.
It is planted along Wumu River's valley in HuPing county of Lijiang Prefecure,
so it was named WuMu Tea, a green tea with good quality.
Lijiang Snow Tea
It grows in high place at least 4000 meters sea-level. Its colour is white so
called "Snow Tea". Now it's also used as Chinese medicine.
A Chinese medicine. The tuber of elevated gastrodia is used for making liquor.
Grows in meadow at an elvation of 3000 metres. When the fungus grow up in the
dead catepillar body. It's shape still the same as the catepillar's worm. It
is a very rare and expensive Chinese medicine
This mushroom's shape looks like sheep's stomach so local people call it Sheep-stomach
Mushroom. Now it has become the main export to other countries.
This Mushroom is very tender and tasty. If fried in oil, it is more delicious
with good smell.
It's sour but tasty. In Autumn thousands of fruits in crabapple tree is also
a beautiful view.
Ci Mang Pear
One of 4 kinds famous pear in China, just grow in CiMan village in the eastern
outskirts of Lijiang City. This is the name origin for "Ci Man Pear".
Naxi people like to plant citron trees in courtyards. usually a big citron fruit
weights about two kilogrames. Citron fruits can grow in the tree for several
years. In fall citron fruits become yellow but in spring they can turn into
green again and continiously grow in the tree. Citron fruits can be used as
A popular green food in Lijiang prefecture. Now most of the producut of this
beans is output to Japan.
A Lijiang local nutrious liquor of low alcohol. It's sweet and soft. Now it
has become the Japanese favourite and most of this liquor production are output
to Japan. Even when the Queen Elizeberth¢ò visited Yunnan Province she highly
remommended this liquor after drinking it.
Spirulina is an ancient ocean creature on the earth which was found by Dr. Kelimente
in 1940. Because of its special niturion, this Spirulina is recommended by UN.ESCO:
"the most wonderful ideal nutriment for tomorrow". In the world only
three lakes were found for Spirulina growing. Chen Lake is one of them, which
lies in Youngshen county of Lijiang prefecture.
Prinsepia Utilis Royle Oil
Prinsepia utilis Royle can survive in bad conditions. Its oil is very healthful
for human body. It is very good material of cosmetics.