Spring Festival is just around the corner, many people are already on their way home happily and more people are looking forward to the coming of the statutory holiday. Are you ready to go home with gifts for family and friends?
New products of time-honored brands
For many people, time-honored Beijing brands are still their first choice in choosing Spring Festival gifts. Why not buy some new products launched especially for this Spring Festival by time-honored brands?
Jingbajian of Daoxiangcun [Photo/Qianlong]
Daoxiangcun pastry used to be a must-take item for Beijingers when visiting relatives and friends during Spring Festival. Besides its classic Jingbajian (the eight Beijing style pastries), Daoxiangcun has also restored traditional “Bobo xiazi” in old Beijing for this Spring Festival. Compared to Jingbajian, “Bobo xiazi” – a popular old term for “pastry box” used by Beijingers – contains 13 kinds of pastry carefully selected from over 600 products of Daoxiangcun like ox-tongue pancake, date cookie shaped like a flower and some pastries which cannot be bought daily. What’s more, the box is handmade.
Roast duck of Quanjude [Photo from the official website of Quanjude]
The “spiced roast duck gift package” of Quanjude which won the gold prize of “Beijing Gift” is another highlight among the special purchases for the Spring Festival. In each box is a roast duck of 1.1 kg together with a pair of china chopstick rest holders in the shape of duck. Cooked with optimum duck and packed in auspicious and exquisite red box, the spiced roast duck of Quanjude is also a good choice for this Spring Festival.
Blessing-themed scented tea gift boxes of Wuyutai [Photo/Qianlong]
Wuyutai has prepared dozens of scented tea products like five blessing-themed scented tea gift boxes symbolizing “five blessings descending upon the house”. 2017 is the year of rooster according to the Chinese zodiac, and thus Wuyutai has particularly launched two tea products which adopt the art work of golden rooster created by paper cutting master Xu Yang as a design element for this Spring Festival. Since the paper cutting work of golden rooster cannot be found elsewhere in the market, the tea products are of high collection value.
Cultural and creative Beijing products
As early as in 2015, the annual sales of cultural and creative products of Palace Museum had surpassed one billion yuan. In 2016, parks like Summer Palace, Fragrant Hills, Beijing Zoo, Beihai and Tiantan also launched their cultural and creative products. However, cultural and creative Beijing products are not exclusive to travelers only, you can also choose some practical items among them as Spring Festival gifts.
“Forbidden City & Spring Festival” badge [Photo from Palace Museum’s flagship store on Tmall]
Notebooks adopting elements from Palace Museum in design and water bottles with the image of palace cat dressed in Qing style official costume are among the most popular products of Palace Museum sold online. It is worth mentioning that you can also find a badge called “Forbidden City & Spring Festival”, which is particularly designed for this Spring Festival, in Palace Museum’s flagship store on Tmall. The badge was inspired by the image of phoenix recorded in Chinese classic The Classic of Mountains and Seas that phoenix looks like rooster in appearance and has colorful and brilliant feathers. Thus Palace Museum designed this badge of limited edition to celebrate the year of rooster.
Silk scarves with images of maple leaves of Fragrant Hills [Photo from the flagship store of Beijing gifts on JD.com]
The flagship store of Beijing gifts on JD.com is also a good choice for online shopping. There you can find a variety of gifts with Beijing characteristics like hairy monkey, silk doll, and Lord Rabbit figurines as well as both good-looking and useful gifts such as stationery designed with royal elements, flash disks in the shape of Qing emperor and empress, and silk scarves with images of maple leaves of Fragrant Hills. Furthermore, the delivery service is available before January 26.
French Cookies gift box of Wedome [Photo/Qianlong]
As a cosmopolitan city, Beijing also offers diversified shopping choices and you have many alternatives in choosing Spring Festival gifts. With beautiful package design, rich variety and a discount, Wedome’s French Cookies gift box for Spring Festival serves as a good gift.
Imported food sold in a supermarket in Beijing [Photo/Qianlong]
In addition, you may also shop in supermarkets where imported products are sold. Chocolates, dried fruits, nuts and olive oil from countries of origin are also worth buying as gifts for Spring Festival.
Tips: Hurry up if you want to shop online. Most delivery services are only available until January 25 before the Spring Festival.