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Xi’an is one of the best shopping destinations in China, as long as you’re not intent on browsing upscale Gucci and Prada shops, that is. If you’re looking for authentic, handcrafted Chinese souvenirs, this is where to get them.
Forbes Travel Guide’s editors say the area near the Great Mosque of Xi’an, west of the city center, is the best place to shop for everything from beautiful embroideries and silk screens to colorful paintings and intricately designed hand fans. Wander down Xiyang Shi – our favorite alleyway in the Muslim Quarter – to pick through artwork, wistfully gaze at pricey Chinese antiques and linger around the tea shops, where you can enjoy a complimentary tasting or two. Most street vendors expect to be bargained with to some degree, so feel free to try and arrive at a final price you’re both comfortable with before making your purchase.